Library Services During COVID-19

Updated October 9, 2020 

The book stacks at all University Libraries locations are closed. Patrons affiliated with The Ohio State University can submit requests for physical materials held at Ohio State through the online catalog, for OhioLINK materials through the OhioLINK catalog, and for interlibrary loan items through ILLiad.  

Once your request is ready, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that the material is ready for pick-up.

Scanning and electronic delivery of materials from Thompson Library Special Collections, University Archives and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has resumed. You may submit requests via the email addresses listed below.

Scanning of articles and chapters from Library print collections through ILLiad Article Express service has also resumed. 

For answers to common questions regarding borrowed materials, circulation and more, please visit our FAQ page.

Questions?

Online Resources 

Discover

University Libraries provides access to a wealth of virtual resources including journals, eBooks, articles and more. Use Discover to search all virtual Libraries content.

Research Databases 

A searchable list of databases containing scholarly articles, many of which may be available as full-text. Additional full-text resources will be found under many of the subjects or formats listed.

Subject and Course Guides 

Guides containing recommended library resources and services by academic subject.

Affordable Course Materials

A comprehensive guide created by the Teaching & Learning department to help instructors find affordable, virtual course materials.

Selections from University Libraries Special Collections

Materials from our Special Collections, digitized and made available online.

Online Journals and eBooks List 

Locate a specific online journal or eBook title, browse a list of online journals or eBooks or identify online journals or eBook titles by subject.

Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Bank provides a permanent online home for the scholarly output of the university, including articles, journals, scholarly monographs, proceedings, presentations, reports, audio/video content and more. 

Borrowing Materials  


Patrons affiliated with The Ohio State University can submit requests for physical materials held at Ohio State through the online catalog and for OhioLINK materials through the OhioLINK catalog.

Once your request is ready, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that the material is ready for pick-up.

The Thompson Library book drop is open for contact-free return of library materials. University Libraries facilities are now open to the public with designated areas for contact-free returns.

All returned materials will be quarantined for five days before being checked in and made available to other users. If you or a member of your household are ill, we ask that you continue to renew your materials and wait to return them until you have been symptom-free for 72 hours. 

Guest Computer Use Policy 
 

Due to COVID-19 and the reduction in the number of available computers in our buildings:

  • We ask that casual guest users please use public wi-fi on their own devices.
  • Guest researchers will be issued a two-hour, non-renewable guest pass for use.
    • Guest researchers include those with a valid ID from another university, Friends of the Libraries members and others with demonstrated and documented research needs.

Reserved Seating

Study space is limited across campus due to physical distancing requirements. University Libraries is piloting a program to test software that allows Ohio State affiliates to reserve individual seats at select locations. The Architecture and Geology Libraries are offering seat reservations Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. for up to 2 hours. Book now at go.osu.edu/libraryseat.

Course Reserves 

Access to physical course reserves is suspended. 

University Libraries is eager to assist you with your eResource needs. Please contact Zane Smith directly with questions. 

Interlibrary Services 

Scholarly articles and chapter PDFs for Ohio State and non-Ohio State collections can be requested through Article Express

Requests for physical items through interlibrary loan can be requested through ILLiad.

Knowledge Bank and Publishing Services 

The Ohio State University Libraries Publishing Program and Knowledge Bank services remain available and are open for business virtually. Please reach out to us via email at libkbhelp@lists.osu.edu with questions, consulting needs, to set up a meeting or for information about making your work openly available via the Knowledge Bank.  

Special Collections  

Scanning and electronic delivery of materials from Thompson Library Special Collections, University Archives and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has resumed. You may submit requests via the email addresses listed below.

Special Collections Reading Rooms 

University Libraries Special Collections Reading Rooms are now open by appointment only. Please submit your appointment request at least five business days in advance.

Appointments for University Archives and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum are available Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Contact

Michelle Drobik, University Archives, archives@osu.edu

Susan Liberator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, cartoons@osu.edu

 

Appointments for Thompson Library Special Collections are available Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – noon and 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Contact:

Rebecca Jewett, Thompson Library Special Collections, thospcol@osu.edu

 

Reproduction requests may take longer than usual to fulfill, due to changes in staffing and additional precautions to protect both you and our employees.  

For the protection of you and the library staff, we will require the following:

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Maintain a safe physical distance of at least 6 feet apart.
  • Reschedule appointments if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or chills).
  • Bring your own laptop, tablet or pad of paper with pencil.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.