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Library Resources for Dual Credit Students and Faculty

This guide will give you information on how to access the resources the Ball State University Libraries offers to dual credit students and faculty.

Your Options

As a Dual Credit student, you are considered a distance education student and you have several options for receiving books:

If you do not live near Muncie:

  • You may request books from the Ball State University Libraries through Interlibrary Loan, and these books will be shipped to you by the library for free. Please note: You will need to return the books to the Ball State Libraries at your own expense before the due date to avoid fines and replacement costs. For all the details, see the attached document below.
  • If you live in or near the state of Indiana, you can take advantage of the ALI program (see details in the next box).
  • You may access eBooks (available online through Ball State University Libraries' subscriptions) from home.
  • See if your local public library offers its own Interlibrary Loan services.

If you live near Muncie:

  • If it is convenient for you, you may come to the Ball State University Libraries to check out and return books and other materials.

ALI Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The ALI program allows you to check books out directly from a library near you. Many academic libraries in Indiana are part of this organization.

  • Contact the Interlibrary Loan Dept. at or 765-285-1324 to sign up for your ALI card.
  • Take your ALI card and a photo ID to an ALI Library near you.
  • Participating libraries will each have their own policies and loan periods.
  • For full details see the document below.


OneSearch is Ball State University Libraries' discovery service, which allows you to find articles, books, videos, and more from many library databases. To find books, narrow your search to items in the Library Catalog.

Research tips for using OneSearch to search for books:

  • After your initial search, narrow your results down by selecting "Library Catalog" in the Refine Your Search column to the left
  • You may also want to narrow by content type and publication date
  • Find eBooks instead by choosing "Full Text Online" under Refine Your Search


A third option for finding books is to use WorldCat. WorldCat lets you search for items in libraries throughout the United States and even internationally.

  • You can use WorldCat to find books at academic libraries in your area. You will find WorldCat on the University Libraries homepage by scrolling down and clicking on Databases.  You can choose the "W" for WorldCat.

  • You can also use WorldCat to place Interlibrary Loan requests for Ball State materials.  Any item which Ball State owns will be indicated in the results list.

Screenshot showing search result in WorldCat owned by Ball State

  • Click on the title and look under "Get This Item" to find the link Request via interlibrary loan.  After clicking on that link and logging in, you will be routed to an Interlibrary Loan request form which has been pre-filled with the necessary information.  Simply fill in the "Preferred By:" date and click Submit.