Museum Gallery Hours
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum exhibition galleries are open to the public and admission is FREE. For groups larger than 10 people, please call 614-292-0538 or email cartoons.osu.edu at least one week in advance to plan your visit.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (check for closings below)
Please note that you will be asked to place coats, backpacks, large purses and bags, and umbrellas in designated areas at the entrance to the galleries or in lockers provided on the main floor. Flash photography in the galleries is not permitted.
Library Reading Room Hours
Limited hours by appointment only
Monday – Friday:
Open by appointment: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Closed: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Open by appointment: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Saturday + Sunday: closed
Please contact us for research and reproduction services by emailing email@example.com or calling 614-292-0538.
Please note that we are a special collections library so our stacks are not open for browsing. Items from our stacks must be requested. See Visiting the Reading Room for additional information and online forms to request items before your visit.
Limited guided exhibition tours are available by request for college and university groups, youth or adult community and school groups, special interest groups and more. For groups larger than 10 people, please call 614-292-0538 or email cartoons.osu.edu at least one week in advance to plan your visit.
Tours of the stacks are available by appointment.
Please note that no photography (including videotaping) is permitted in the library without prior permission.
Monday through Friday: By appointment only (Call 614-292-0538 for information)
Museum, Library and Office Closings
Labor Day: September 5, 2022
Veteran's Day: November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday: *Galleries closed November 24, 25 and 26, 2022; Reading room closed November 24-27)
Christmas Holiday: December 23, 24, 25, 26, 2022
Entry to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located on the North side of Sullivant Hall (Campus Map). The reading room is on the West (right) side of the lobby, the office suite (Room 110) is located on the East (left) side, and the galleries are located on the second level.
For area construction announcements that may obstruct traffic on the OSU campus and surrounding community, please visit GO43210.
Public parking for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is available in the Ohio Union South Garage just South of Sullivant Hall and North of the Ohio Union with access from High Street and College Road.
Additional parking is available during off-peak hours at the Ohio Union North Garage just north of the Ohio Union South Garage. Visitors may utilize this garage from 4 pm – 3 am Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Accessible parking spaces are designated in the Ohio Union Garages
All parking areas on campus are subject to football game day parking policies on home football Saturdays. Please expect increased traffic and a higher demand for parking in the campus area on those days.
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) buses provide direct and easy access to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum from downtown and other city and suburban neighborhoods. The #2 bus runs north and south on High Street and stops at 15th Avenue from each direction. COTA buses 18, 31, and 84 also stop at North High Street at 15th Avenue.
The University Hospitality District (UHD)* provides visitors information on all of Columbus’ best hotels, appropriate for any business or personal travel. All located in or around the University District, you are conveniently located next door to some of Ohio’s greatest shopping, dining, and attractions. In addition, Experience Columbus,* the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau’s web site, provides up-to-date information on hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns in the Columbus area as well as restaurants and activities to enjoy during your stay.
*Inclusion on this list in no way implies an endorsement or recommendation by The Ohio State University Libraries. This list is compiled only for informational purposes and is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive.
The Ohio State University, in an effort to promote the health and well-being of all of its employees, students ,and visitors, has chosen to maintain a tobacco free environment. The use of all types of tobacco product is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned, leased or managed properties, including parking lots, garages and all outside areas. For more information, please refer to the university’s tobacco-free policy.