Online Student Resources

Your Library Account

To borrow NCTC library materials, and submit Interlibrary Loan requests, you need an active library account. Please contact Robin Langevin, TRF Library Assistant, to request a library account. Identify yourself as an online student and provide your name, address, phone number, and an e-mail address you would like listed on your library account. Your account information will be e-mailed to you.

Accessing Databases

All users must sign-in when accessing our databases from off campus. Online/distance students who have NCTC as their home campus may use their StarID for login. Students who have another college as their ‘home’ may

  • 1) Access the databases of their home campus library OR
  • 2) Contact the NCTC library for a NCTC library account number. You may then sign-in to our databases with your library account information:

For example:
User name (your library account number): 20213000012345
Password (your last name): Smith

Online Students Guide to Finding Articles in Database

Research Assistance

Feel free to contact us with questions. We’re here to answer your questions.

It’s helpful if you can tell us the following:

  • 1) Identify yourself as an online student
  • 2) Tell us what class you are in and who is the instructor
  • 3) Explain a bit about what you are working on
  • 4) Tell us what sources you have checked so far and what search terms you have used

Send us your inquiries to TRF Ask a Librarian.

Requesting Library Materials

If you find items in the library catalog you would like to borrow, please contact Robin Langevin, TRF Library Assistant. We will mail books and media to you. It is your responsibility to ship the items back to the library by the due date.

Interlibrary Loan

To make Interlibrary Loan requests, you must have an active NCTC library account. If you need an account, please contact the library.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is facilitated through MINITEX, a statewide library consortium. ILL offers loans of books and copies of articles. However, due to loan period time constraints, we are unable to fill book ILL requests for online/distance students. Should you need to access physical materials (not owned by the NCTC libraries) we suggest you access ILL services at a library you are affiliated with in your local area.

Although many articles found in our databases are provided in full text, those that are not may be requested through ILL. Copies of articles are usually sent electronically to the patron. If electronic delivery of your article is not permitted, a photocopy will be delivered to the library and we will forward it to you.

The ILL function to request articles is part of our MnPALS Plus library catalog. Open the catalog and select “My Account” in the upper right. You will login with your library account information.