Scholar Visits

Thompson Special Collections onsite appointments during COVID-19

Updated January 19, 2021

Spring 2021 Appointment Information 


Planning your visit 

The Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room will reopen
on Monday, January 25.   
Appointments will be required and are available for scheduling during the following times: 

Monday through Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1:45-3:45 p.m. 

Consult with library staff  
To get started, contact library staff for help to find and select materials for your research.  Please contact us at

Appointments required 
Appointments will be required during the initial reopening phase to ensure material can be prepared in advance and to comply with all COVID-19 safety guidelines. Email to schedule an appointment. 

Appointment date and time must be confirmed. Do not visit unless you have received your confirmation.

Reasons you might not get your choice of appointment: 

  • Hours are limited in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Number of appointments are limited in order to maintain appropriate distancing. 
  • Materials may not be immediately available depending on where they are housed and how recently they have been consulted by another researcher, therefore requiring quarantine. 
  • Staffing availability may require cancellation of appointment. You will be notified as soon as possible if this were to occur.


Protocols for safe and healthy research 

If you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19, cancel your appointment and reschedule at a later date.  

We will ask that you begin your research with clean hands. Hand sanitizer residue is harmful to our collections. Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before entering the reading room. Restrooms are located on the first floor on both the north and south hallways. 

Masks are required at all times. 

All staff and patrons will maintain social distancing.

What to bring with you:

  • Laptop or tablet (no public computers will be available) 
  • Pencil (or a new one will be provided) 
  • Paper 
  • Phone  
  • Photo identification 

(No other belongings will be allowed in the reading room. A locker will be provided for any other belongings.) 

Research Application 

research application is required on the first visit of the academic year. Please download and complete the research application and return via email attachment to prior to your visit. 

Some of the information below is superseded by our COVID-19 policies. Please feel free to email us at with any questions.

When scholars and researchers visit University Libraries special collections, we recommended you contact the collection curator to plan ahead, ensure the materials you want to use are available, and schedule an appointment for your visit.

For additional information on group and instructional visits, see Teach with Us. Complete the Class Visit Request form to get started scheduling your visit.

When You Arrive

  • When first visiting an OSUL special collection, researchers, scholars, and students complete a Research Registration form. (If you would like to save time, you may print our Research Registration, fill in the requested information and bring it along with you on your first visit.) A new application is required each academic year.
  • Please bring only soft-leaded pencils, paper, a laptop, and cell phone into the reading room.
  • All personal property including coats, hats, briefcases, packages, umbrellas, packs, and handbags must be stored in a University Libraries locker. Request a key at the desk in the reading room.
  • Please turn cell phones to vibrate. Visitors should leave the reading room when answering calls to avoid disturbing other researchers.
  • Eating, drinking, chewing gum and use of any form of tobacco is prohibited in the reading room.

Additional Material Use Guidelines for OSUL special collections. 

Requesting Items

To request materials, you will: 

  • Complete call slips for all requested materials.
  • Submit completed call slips to the staff member on duty to retrieve your requested items.
  • When finished consulting your requested special collection items, return materials to the staff member in the collection’s designated reading room before leaving OSUL.  
  • Staff members may limit the number of items an individual or group uses at one time.
  • No items will be pulled during the last hour the reading room is open.

Preserving for the Future

Researchers are responsible for carefully handling all materials made available. Manuscripts and archived materials should be used and maintained in the order in which they are presented to the researcher. If you determine that the manuscripts and archived materials you’ve received appear to be out of order, please alert the staff member on duty.

  • Fragile materials may require special handling and on duty staff members may request you use supports, cradles, stands, and/or gloves while handling fragile items to help ensure these items endure future use through limited wear-and-tear.
  • Do not add or erase marks from special collections items.
  • Avoid leaning, writing on, folding, and tracing manuscripts and books in any way.


  • Public parking is available in the Ohio Union South Garage just South of Sullivant Hall and North of the Ohio Union with access from High Street and College Road.
  • Additional parking is available during off-peak hours at the Ohio Union North Garage just north of the Ohio Union South Garage.
  • Visitors may utilize this garage from Monday through Friday 4 p.m. – 3 a.m. The Ohio Union North Garage is available for visitor parking all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Accessible parking spaces are designated in the Ohio Union Garages
  • For further information, visit CampusParc. View Parking Map.

Staying in the Area

The University Hospitality District (UHD) provides visitors information on all of Columbus’ best hotels, appropriate for any business or personal travel. All located in or around the University District.

For information about other hotels and lodging around Ohio State University campus area see Ohio State’s Visitors web site.