Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)

DEIA at University Libraries

The Ohio State University Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. University Libraries is guided by strategic priorities which facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, equity, inclusion, access and social justice by:

  • Creating an environment conducive to academic inquiry, scholarly communication, creative achievement and lifelong learning.
  • Providing a safe, positive and nurturing environment in which differences are explored, respected and embraced.
  • Fostering a community grounded in respect and appreciation for all.
  • Advancing access to information and supporting social justice.

We strive to weave DEIA into the very fabric of University Libraries, including into our collections, events, exhibits and experiences.

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Search Our Collections

Get a glimpse into the extraordinary works and diverse voices that make up our collections.

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Explore Our Exhibits & Experiences

Explore memorable stories through our exhibits and experiences.

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Check Out our Events

Stay engaged and expand your knowledge with our upcoming events.

IDEAS Committee - Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice

The IDEAS Committee advises on policies, provides recommendations and maintains programs designed to advance a culture of diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. Since 1989, the IDEAS Committee has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State University.

For more information on the IDEAS Committee, contact Thomas Dickens.

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Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program

Learn more about the Mary P. Key Diversity Residency program.

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We strive to ensure equitable access to all of our facilities, resources and services.


Thompson Library Family Zone

A space to study and access library resources for parents pursuing a college education.

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University Libraries is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. The program unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Please visit the ACRL website for more information.

Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity Logo

University Libraries received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. Please visit the Insight Into Diversity website for more information.