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Distance and Off-Site Student Library Services

Distance and Off-Site Student Library Services


Overview of library services available to distance and off-site students

Eligible Students

Distance library services are only available to the following types of students:

  • Current A-B Tech distance learning students taking only online courses and living outside the Buncombe/Madison counties region.
  • Current A-B Tech students taking curriculum courses only at an off-site location such as Enka, Madison, or A-B Tech South.


Eligible students can fill out the Distance Learning and Off-Site Students Book Request Form by going to abtech.edu/library and selecting “Distance Learning and Off-Site Students Book Request Form” on the left of the page. Students may borrow up to three books at a time via mail, but media does not circulate through the mail due to shortened loan periods.

To check out books via mail, please follow the steps below.

  • Use the online Library catalog to search for books.
  • After selecting book(s) for check-out from the catalog, fill out the Distance Learning and Off Site Students Book Request Form.
  • Up to 3 books will be mailed for a two week check out period (with an additional ten days added to allow for the books to be received and returned).
  • The books may be renewed once if there are no other requests for them.  You can renew the books online using the Renew Items link.
  • To return the books, use the "postage paid" mailing label that was included with your original mailing.

Overdue fines are 25 cents per day with a maximum fine of $10.00 per book.  The charge for lost books is the replacement cost plus a $10.00 processing fee.

More Information

For more information or if the book you need is not in the Library catalog, contact the Don C. Locke Library directly at (828) 398-7301. For additional information, you can also visit libguides.abtech.edu/distancelearning or abtech.edu/library.


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