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As valued members of the PHC learning community, distance learners have access to PHC owned and subscribed resources. If you have any questions regarding our services, please contact a librarian at or 540-441-8400.


Online Resources

PHC provides access to thousands of ebooks through netLibrary, Early English Books Online, and Original Sources. All of these resources and many more are linked through the Electronic Resources page.


Journal Articles
DL students may access journal articles online through both the Periodical Listing page and the Electronic Resources page. To gain access to library-subscribed resources, you will be prompted to login to the Student Portal.


On-Campus Resources

Although a local public or university library may be the best choice for quick access to print resources, the PHC library can mail General Collection books to you at your request. Books in our Reference and Reserve Collections are not available through this service. The check-out period is 35 days from the day the book leaves the PHC library to the day it is received back at the library. Check-out may be renewed for 21 days through the online Library Catalog. To request that a book be checked-out and mailed, email the library at
Journal Articles
Journal articles which are available only through the print journal collection can be scanned and emailed to you by making a request to


Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to locate a needed book through our online or on-campus resources, you may request an item through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). ILL requests are made through the online database WorldCat. Requests made through PHC will take longer to process, as the item will come to the PHC library prior to being sent out to you. Requesting an ILL through PHC should be the last option considered, as the check-out period becomes severely shortened by mailing times between PHC and the lending library in addition to you and PHC. Many public libraries offer interlibrary loan services and therefore may be a better option than ILL through PHC.


Journal Articles
Journal articles may be requested through ILL by using the form on the Interlibrary Loan page. Because journal articles are scanned and emailed, they do not need to be returned to the lending library.


Ask a Librarian

For help locating resources, evaluating potential resources, citing resources appropriately, or navigating the library website, a librarian is generally available to help you during the hours of 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Eastern on weekdays and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. You may call 540-441-8400 or email