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Distance Student Services

Introduction to resources for distance students

Overview of Distance Student Services

Welcome to Rolfing Library's guide for distance students. In order to help support your research and writing we offer the following resources: 

For further information click here for an interactive guide, watch the video below, or use the menu to the left to navigate to a specific service. 

Distance services tutorial:
Distance tutorial

Accessing Ebooks

Search for ebooks which you can access through your computer, tablet, or phone. 

  • In order to access these items you will need to provide your Trinity username and password or your Trinity ID number. 



More information about ebooks

Requesting Scans

Using WorldShare, distance students may request scans of items from Rolfing Library and from other libraries. For example, you may request an article from a print journal, an essay from a book, or an entry from a reference book.

You can place a request by finding an article in the database and then selecting the "Request through WorldShare" button or creating your own request by logging into WorldShare and entering in the required information. 

For further information on requesting scans, click here. 

Visiting Other Libraries

You can visit and check out books from various theological libraries across the United States through Atla Reciprocal Borrowing. You will need to provide proof of your enrollment at Trinity, such as a billing statement or student ID. For a list of participating libraries, click here. 

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) also has a reciprocal borrowing program. You will need to obtain a signed Authorization Form from our library, which you can email to For more information and to find participating libraries visit

Having Books from Rolfing Mailed to You

Patrons who are farther than 60 miles from the Deerfield campus and in the continental United States may request that books from our collection be sent to them. Items will be mailed library rate (similar to media mail) at the library's expense. Other expedited shipping options may be available, but those charges will be the responsibility of the borrower and will be added to their library account. The book will be charged to their circulation account. The borrower is responsible for returning the item on time, either through the mail or in person. 

Receiving Assistance from Library Staff

Accessing Resources          Email:      Phone: (847) 317-4008    
Research Help  Email:      Phone: (847) 317-4001    
Account Questions  Email:      Phone: (847) 317-4015