Membership Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a membership cost?

A membership to Friends of the Libraries costs $50 annually and lasts for one year from the date of purchase.  

How do I join Friends of the Libraries?

Join online today!  

How long will it take to process my membership application?

Please allow approximately ten business days to receive your membership card. 

Same day service is available only at Thompson Library, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. The Circulation Desk will guide you through the join process and answer any questions that you may have.

What do I have access to as a Friends of the Libraries Member?

  • Print Material: Membership will give you access to regularly circulating items at any of OSU’s libraries, including our regional campuses with a total of 10 books that can be checked out at one time. You will also have access to OhioLINK books with a limit of 5 OhioLINK items checked out at one time. However, you will not be able to use Interlibrary Loan, which can be accessed through your public library.
  • Online Material:  Due to licensing restrictions, electronic journals, databases, ebooks, and other e-content are not available off-campus to Friends of the Libraries Members. If you would like to access this content, you may bring your Friends membership card with a photo ID into any OSU Library and show your cards at the circulation desk. They will give you a temporary username and password to use a library computer which will give you access to most databases/online journals, etc.  This access will be good for 12 hours or less once a day.

Can I get a permanent username and password to access these additional databases?

No. Only University Faculty, Staff and Students can receive a permanent username and password to access the Library’s full databases and eBooks. You may however access the databases in any of our OSU Library locations.

What if I am a member of the Alumni Association?

Alumni Association Sustaining Members have the exact same access to books and databases as Friends members. Friends members receive newsletters and invitations to activities and special events.  

To access Library circulation and databases as an Alumni Association member, patrons need to bring their current Alumni Association membership card and a photo ID to the circulation desk at the Thompson Library, and they will be issued a courtesy card to check out books.

How do renew my books online?

To access your account online, with the ability to renew and check out books, please click here. To log in, enter your first and last name in the first box and your barcode number (without spaces) into the second box.

Is my membership tax deductible? 

Yes, your entire membership cost is tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt in the mail from The Ohio State University Foundation, separate from your membership card. If you have additional questions or need a copy of your tax receipt, please email gifts@osu.edu or call 614-292-2141.