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Borrowing Information


A valid ID is required to check out library materials.


Valid forms of ID include: current Ohio University ID card*, Friends of the Library card**, library-issued community borrower's card***, or an ID card from another Ohio college or university.


Basic Ohio University Privileges


Item Type

Patron Type

Loan Period



Lancaster and Annex


Interlibrary Loan

Undergraduate and Graduate Students End of semester 3 weeks with up to 6 renewals

Length of loan can vary;

check the label on the item.

Number of loans can vary;

ask interlibrary loan librarian.

Faculty, Staff, Emeriti, and Retired Employees End of semester 6 weeks with up to 6 renewals
Friends of the Library 6 months 3 weeks with up to 6 renewals
Community Patrons 3 weeks with one renewal (Limit: 5 items) N/A N/A

DVDs and VHS

All 3 weeks

Course Reserves

Undergraduate and Graduate Students 2 hours (In library use only)
Faculty, Staff, and Emeriti Overnight
Retired Employees and Friends of the Library One week
Community Borrowers N/A


Overdue Items

The library no longer charges daily fines. Please renew or return library items or you will be charged a replacement fee for items overdue 29 days or more. Note that course reserves and other short term loan items will be charged if the items are 3 or more days overdue.  Failure to pay fines will result in a hold being placed on a student's academic record and library account.


Point of Origin

Replacement Fee

Lancaster and Annex


Ohio Link/Search Ohio


Interlibrary Loan

Depends upon the loaning library,

ask the interlibrary loan librarian


*Students should visit the student services office for an ID card. 
**For information about the Friends of the Library, please visit the Friends of the Library page
***Community borrows must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Fairfield, Hocking, or Perry Counties, or be an Ohio University alumni. Community borrowers must show a photo ID to register and renew memberships.