Mid-Semester Support from University Libraries

Resources to help you ace midterms and prepare for the next half of the semester


A student sits in a red chair in front of the stacks at Thompson Library, studying something on his laptop.

It’s hard to believe, but the halfway point of autumn semester is fast approaching! Whether you have midterm exams, are working on a research paper or just want to make sure you’re in good shape heading toward finals, University Libraries has plenty of resources to help you.

Quiet Study Spaces

Need a place that’s free of distractions to get some serious studying done? Thompson Library has two dedicated quiet study spaces on the fourth floor and three unique reading rooms, and the 18th Avenue Library’s entire fourth floor is devoted to quiet study. Be sure to check out some of the lesser-trafficked departmental libraries, too; you’re likely to find a great place to focus at the Fine Arts Library, the Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library or the Architecture Library, to name just a few. Visit the University Libraries website for a list of all library locations. 

Group Study Rooms

Need a place to collaborate on a group assignment? Students can now reserve group study rooms at Thompson Library, 18th Avenue Library and the Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library directly through the Ohio State app. Just tap on the “About You” section, scroll to “Libraries,” select “Room Reservations” and follow the instructions.

Help with Research

A+ Research Coaching at University Libraries offers one-on-one coaching sessions on research topics including developing a research question, finding sources, citing sources and more. Scheduling an appointment is easy online!

Citation Help

Properly citing sources is a crucial part of any term paper, research paper or annotated bibliography. University Libraries has a citation guide with helpful examples and links to free citation software to make this important process easy.

Take a Study Break

Need to clear your mind and look at something other than a textbook for a while? Head over to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to explore their current exhibits. Now through October 31, you’ll find an exhibit featuring cartoon canines and an exhibit dedicated to Pogo, a comic strip known for its social and political satire. You can also stop by the east atrium of Thompson Library and the Thompson Library Gallery for an up-close look at locally created murals as part of the #ArtUnitesCbus exhibit.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Ask Us team with any questions you may have about University Libraries. With phone, email and chat options, it’s easy and convenient to get ahold of them.

Best of luck with midterms, Buckeyes!