Services for Non-OSU Patrons

 Courtesy Card

Courtesy library cards are available for sustaining members of the Ohio State Alumni Association, President's Club members and members of the Friends of the Libraries.  Courtesy cards are issued at the Circulation Desk of Thompson LibraryHealth Sciences LibraryLaw Library, and Regional Libraries. 

Courtesy patrons will have a borrowing limit of up to ten items with a maximum of five OhioLINK items for a 21 day loan period, and up to six possible renewals, provided another patron does not place a hold on the item. 

Visiting Scholars and other individuals who are currently not a faculty, staff, or student members at Ohio State University may be eligible for a courtesy card. To determine your eligibility, please call 614-292-OSUL (6785).

Interlibrary Loan and publisher license agreements limit access to the Libraries electronic journals, databases, and books to current students, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University.  

Courtesy card holders are subject to the same policies as students, faculty and staff and are responsible for returning and renewing materials checked out on their library account in a timely manner.

 Printer/Copier Services

Printer/Copier services are located in all OSU library locations. Standard print size is 8.5 x 11 at a cost of .04 cents (Black/White) or .15 cents (Color) per page.  Larger sizes may be available at select libraries; please contact OSU Libraries at (614) 292-OSUL (6785) with inquiries.

All printers and copiers require a BuckID for service. Non-OSU guests can obtain a visitor BuckID for printing/copying services from BuckID Deposit Stations. Stations can be found in the Thompson Library, Science & Engineering Library, Biological/Pharmacy Library, and Law Library.  

 

Reciprocal Borrowing Privilege

 

Big Ten Academic Alliance

Ohio State Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduage students may borrow items from or have access to the collections of  participating Big Ten University Libraries through the, Big Ten Acadmeic Alliance.  Please view the links below to learn more about this program.

Big Ten Acadmic Alliance Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement 

 Guest Computer Accounts for Non-OSU patrons

To resolve security, performance and other issues that affect the OSU community, the OSU Office of Information Technology must be able to trace network activity that originates from an OSU computer back to the user. Specifically, users of workstations, laptops, dial-up modem pools, wireless networks, VPN concentrators, and proxies are required to authenticate before they can access the Internet.

Guest Computer Access

Federal Government Agencies increasingly are placing their publications on the web. Many of these publications are not distributed to depository libraries in tangible (print) format. The OSU library catalog contains a growing number of records for "Internet-only" government publications. Also OhioLINK catalog contains records for many of the "Internet-only" publications that GPO has cataloged.  In order to access these documents via an OSU networked computers in OSU Libraries it is necessarily to authenticate.  OSU Affiliates do so by user name and password.  Non-OSU users must get a Guest Authentication account from staff at Library Circulation Desks to use designated computers when available in campus libraries.  Guest users must at time of request show a valid picture ID such as a U.S. driver's license, State of Ohio ID, School ID, or passport.  The guest account authorization must be used in the location where it is issued by the user it is issued to.  It is good for a set amount of time and will automatically expire at the end of that time period.  Availability of guest accounts may be restricted during peak Library use such as end of semester and Exam Week, so it is wise to check ahead concerning pass availability.  Internet access is provided as a courtesy to guest users for purposes of scholarly research.  Users are required to follow the policy on Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources.

The following rules apply to using computers within the University Libraries

  • Computing resources in the University Libraries are provided primarily for the use of the students, staff, and faculty of the Ohio State University and for the public use of the United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Collection.  To help manage the availability of Internet computers for this purpose, chat groups, dating services, and online games are not permitted.
  • OSU students, staff, and faculty have priority for all computers.  The Library reserves the right-to refrain from issuing guest access and/or limit the amount of time a guest may occupy a computer during periods of high demand, to be determined at the discretion of the Library staff.  To access U.S. Federal information, consult circulation staff in Thompson Library.  (614) 292-OSUL (6785). Guests are expected to comply when asked by Library staff to relinquish a computer.

The University Libraries reserves the right to deny use of computers and/or to have non-compliant patrons leave the library if they are found to be in violation of any part of this policy.  In addition, reported misconduct, including but not limited to:  viewing of pornographic materials, loud, threatening or any disruptive behavior, (see Customer Code of Conduct) will be reason for denial of any future guest privileges, these and other acts may also be reported to Library Security and University Police as appropriate.  Repeat offenders and/or abuse of guest accounts will result in denial of future access privileges.

Consequences of Misuse:

The University Libraries reserves the right to deny use of computer equipment and/or to have non-compliant patrons leave the library if they are found to be in violation of any part of this policy. In addition, reported misconduct, including but not limited to: viewing of pornographic materials, loud, threatening or any disruptive behavior, (see Customer Code of Conduct) will be reason for denial of any future guest privileges, these and other acts may also be reported to Library Security and University Police as appropriate. Repeat offenders and/or abuse of guest accounts will result in denial of future access privileges.