Borrowing Information

November 19, 2020 

In an effort to keep our communities safe, and following university COVID-19 protocols, many University Libraries services are now contact-free. The services are as follows:

Contact-free book returns
Thompson Library

Library materials can be returned at the Thompson Library book drop located on the west end of the library. All returned materials will be quarantined for five days before being checked in and will remain on your account during that time. Receipts cannot be issued before materials are checked in.

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. 

Contact-free pickup
At Thompson Library location only


Patrons affiliated with The Ohio State University can submit requests for physical materials through the online catalog

You can select contact-free pickup or campus delivery of physical materials.

You will receive a confirmation email when your materials are ready to be picked 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 the Thompson Library print collections through ILLiad Article Express service has resumed. 

Due to increased requests, quarantining and additional precautions to protect both you and our employees, it may take longer than usual to fulfill your request for materials. You will receive an email as soon as your materials are ready.

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

Please contact asklibcirc@osu.edu with questions.

Checking Out Materials

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing Beyond OSU

Renewing and Returning Materials

Library Fines