About the Libraries
Ohio University Libraries has a rich history of creating tailored and dedicated services, unique collections, and diverse, innovative spaces. With our strong connections to students, faculty, staff, and the community, we are a leader and innovator in enabling our users’ success in teaching, learning, and research. As Dean of University Libraries, it is my pleasure to welcome you.
Our most valuable resource in advancing the mission of the university is our library staff. Our subject librarians and archivists partner with faculty in initiatives that support research, student success, and scholarly communication and also provide accessible research and learning support to students. Our dedicated staff are committed to excellent customer service and enhancing the discovery and use of our collections. Through continuous engagement with our community, we adapt our services, collections, and spaces to our users’ changing needs.
Our collections consist of more than 3 million volumes of books, e–books, e–journals, databases, photographs, maps, DVDs, and images. In addition to our general collections, we hold unique materials in our Archives and Special Collections, the Fine Arts Library, the Music & Dance Library, and the Center for International Collections. We collaborate with faculty, staff, and students in building collections that reflect the needs and interests of the university and our region. We are also leaders in providing students affordable access to educational materials. Our membership in OhioLINK provides students and faculty easy access to library materials from 121 other academic libraries in Ohio. Materials from libraries around the world are also readily available through Interlibrary Loan.
Our spaces in Alden Library and the Music & Dance library provide visitors multiple ways to study, learn, create, and collaborate. We have quiet and silent study spaces, as well as numerous group study rooms and active learning spaces for collaboration. We have spaces where visitors engage with our collections as well as technology-rich environments where they can create multimedia and digital projects. In addition, Alden Library houses partners from other campus units that support teaching and learning, including CoLab, the Academic Achievement Center, the Graduate Research and Writing Center, and Ohio University Press. We also offer exhibitions and events throughout the year to engage with our community and showcase our rich collections.
I invite you to explore all that Ohio University Libraries has to offer. As we continue to help advance the strategic directions of the university, please let us know how we can continue to innovate to better serve your information needs.
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 GRS presentation, and must be submitted by Monday, September 24 at 12 p.m. (noon). Proposals will be reviewed by the GRS committee, made up of representatives from the Libraries, the graduate student body and the Faculty Senate. Presenters earn a valuable opportunity to bolster their presentation skills and share their work with the OHIO community, and will be paid $200.
This summer, the Ohio Library Council and the Ohio Public Library Information Network announced all Ohioans will gain free access to the online courses from Lynda.com with a valid Ohio library card. The agreement is reportedly the first-of-its-kind in the nation between LinkedIn and a statewide system of public libraries.
The new school year kicks off at Ohio University with a series of events to welcome new and returning students to campus. We're excited to join in this year with the Libraries' OHIO History Scavenger Hunt and a button-making session where you can create your own button with reproduced images from the Ohio University Archives.