Distance Learning Library Support

last modified 2020-12-10T14:11:37-05:00


Staff at the Mercer University Libraries are committed to providing library services and resources to our distance education students to support their learning and research needs. This page details the services and resources available to students from off-campus, whether across town or around the world.

Accessing Resources

As you attempt to access specific resources and services that require authentication, you will be prompted to log in by providing your username and password. This will confirm that you are a Mercer student, faculty, or staff member with privileges to access the resources provided. Please note that you will remain logged in while you are actively using the website or databases but will be logged out after 15 minutes of no activity.

If you cannot log in to the library website, but CAN log in to your Mercer email, please contact our Systems Department to report the problem, and they will resolve it as quickly as possible. Note that only actively enrolled students have access to library resources. If you cannot log in to your Mercer email, either, please contact Mercer IT.


Contact Information

Please refer to our hours page for hours of operations for all University Library locations.

Tarver Library (Macon)

Phone Numbers:

Circulation Desk: (478) 301-2961
Reference Desk: (478) 301-2055

Swilley Library (Atlanta)

Phone Numbers:

Circulation Desk: (678) 547-6284
Reference Desk: (678) 547-6282

Regional Academic Centers

Phone Numbers: 

  • Douglas County: (678) 547-6461
  • Henry County: (678) 547-6316


Research Services

Research Services are provided for distance students via telephone, IM, and email. During reference hours, students are welcome to call or chat with a librarian. Students are encouraged to submit their question via email, and will receive a response as soon as possible, usually when the reference services next opens.

Please refer to Ask A Librarian for the particulars.

Off-Campus Resources

Distance students enjoy the same access and privileges as on-campus students. Listed below are some of the resources that will be most useful for students unable to visit our libraries in person.

Guides and Tutorials

Mercer University Librarians maintain a variety of written guides and video tutorials to provide instruction assistance and support for our students.

The Library Catalog contains ebooks as well as physical materials held by the University Library. Students should be able to access our ebook collection from off-campus, as long as they are logged into the library website.

Students who are able to visit any of our libraries may also request to have books sent from any of the University Libraries to the location nearest them. Books will typically arrive within a week of being requested.

Library Research Guides

Librarians at Mercer University maintain webpages called Research Guides, with links and descriptions of a wide variety of resources that will be most useful for students in a given field of study. We recommend using these resources as a jumping-off point for getting started on your research.

Start browsing by subject for the guides available!

Library Databases (Finding Journal Articles)

The University Library subscribes to a wide variety of databases for our students. You can use these resources to locate academic journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, images, and more. We recommend using the subject guide for your area to see a list of pre-selected databases suited to a particular field of study. If you know the name of the database you would like to use, you can also browse the A-Z list of databases.

Government Documents

The vast majority of government information and publications are now made available electronically, which means they should be easily accessible to off-campus students. Students may search for government documents in the library catalog, and access them through a link, as with ebooks. More information about Government documents and collections is available.

Delivery of Print Items

The University Libraries are pleased to be able to deliver print items to students enrolled in one of Mercer’s online or hybrid programs.  Students who live farther than fifty (50) miles from the closest Mercer University Library may request the delivery of print items to their home address. 

A requestor sends an e-mail to the Library Circulation (library_circulation@mercer.edu) list that includes:

  • their name and Mercer University ID (MUID)
  • identification of online or hybrid program
  • physical mailing address where the item is to be sent
  • the complete citation for the requested item, including the location for the item

Only circulating print items are sent through this service.  Items from media collections, reference, or archives are not included in this service.  Requestors who live less than fifty (50) miles from a Mercer University Libraries may discuss their research needs with one of our Research Services Librarians.