Distance Learners

Distance learners must activate the Rattler Card prior to use. It may be necessary to contact the Distance Learning Coordinator to activate your Rattler card for library services, including Remote/Off-Campus Access. The cardholder can:

-borrow resources from the library
-access electronic resources such as journal articles and electronic books via the on-line library catalog
-obtain interlibrary loan service from the library

For assistance in obtaining a Rattler Card, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 682 Gamble Street, Tallahassee, FL 32307, 850-599-3474.


If you have a reference question or need research assistance, you may use the Ask a Librarian Service for a live chat session with a reference librarian or you may email a reference librarian using the email question form. You may telephone the reference desk at 850-599-3330. A librarian can help you to locate research topics as well as guide you through the library's electronic research sources such as:

-library catalogs
-databases used to locate periodical articles
-reference tools such as encyclopedias and dictionaries
-electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers
-electronic books

Need Help? Call us Toll Free 1-800-540-6754 (For Reference Assistance Only)


The FAMU libraries provide distance learners with direct home delivery of journal articles To get a copy of a periodical article mailed directly to your home, complete the online interlibrary loan request form. Use the "comments" box to indicate that you are a distance learner and you need the articles mailed to your home.

To request a book, make your loan request through your nearest public or State University System library. As a student at a State University System (SUS) institution you have borrowing privileges at any SUS or community college library. Please contact the library you plan to use to learn about its policies and procedures. Consult the list of Florida libraries to locate the library nearest you.

Books may be renewed if another borrower has not requested them. You can renew them online via the on-line library catalog.