Distance Education Services
What library services and resources are available to distance education students at Skyline College?
Skyline College distance education students have access to all the same library services available to students attending classes on campus. Distance ducation students can access library resources, including articles, research guides, reference sources, e-books and streaming videos, from any computer with internet access and they can get help from a librarian by phone or email. Although the library provides online access to a wide range of resources, not all of the library's resources are available online. There are certain resources provided by the library (such as reserve textbooks, DVDs, etc.) that can only be accessed in person at the library. Distance education students are welcomed and encouraged to visit the library in person at any time.
If you do not have a library card
Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Skyline College may conduct online research using Library databases from a home or office computer using a Peninsula Library System (PLS) library card. PLS includes all public and community college libraries in San Mateo County and any resident may get a free library card from any of those libraries. If you are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Skyline College, but you do not have a PLS library card and are unable to come to a library to get a card, you should complete the Distance Education Online Library Access Application Form to apply for a library barcode number. After we verify that you are a student enrolled exclusively in distance courses, we will e-mail or send you a library barcode number that will enable you to remotely access Skyline College Library's online research databases for up to one semester.
Please note that you will not be able to check out physical library books or other physical materials with this number. To borrow books and other library materials you must successfully apply for a library card which requires that you come into Skyline College Library or any other PLS Library and present a photo ID and proof of your current mailing address.
How to access online library resources
The Skyline College Library shares a library catalog with all of the public libraries in San Mateo County (PLS). You can use the PLS library catalog to search for books (both print and electronic), DVDs, CDs, and other library material. You can place items on hold and have them sent to your closest public library provided it is a San Mateo County public library. See below for how to access our full collection of electronic books.
As a Skyline College student you have access to a wide variety of books that you can access and read electronically (eBooks). These books are available through several different providers and may be downloaded to your laptop, PC, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and other personal reader devices. Take a look at the eReader devices page to see the formats supported by various eReaders. eBooks can be downloaded and accessed for a limited period of time. After your check-out period has expired you will have to check it out again online. Many eBooks don't allow multiple user access at one time, so if there's a eBook you want and it's "checked out", check back at a later date. If you are having trouble viewing eBooks on your reading device, please refer to the manufacturer's website or manual.
Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles
Skyline College Library has subscriptions to many databases containing full-text magazine, newspaper and journal articles across a variety of subjects. To access databases you need an active PLS Library card. You can see a complete list of our article databases, browse databases by subject, or search for accessible publication titles to locate specific articles.
Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Other Reference Sources
Access Skyline College Library's variety of online reference databases. Requires PLS Library card.
Access Skyline College Library's academic streaming video databases
Skyline College Library only guarantees library access to San Mateo County public libraries, so contact the circulation or reference desk of any other libraries you'd like to visit to find out about borrowing and access privileges.
How to contact a librarian
To contact a librarian by phone or via email, see our Ask a Librarian page.
Online Learning Resources
Other Online Learning Resources
- Learning Express Library
- Khan Academy
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Skyline College Learning Center Distance Education information