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About the Libraries

Neil Romanosky Dean of University Libraries
Dean of University Libraries Neil Romanosky

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 researchstudent 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 servicescollections, 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.

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August 30, 2019
Apply now for the Fall 2019 Graduate Research Series

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2019 GRS presentation, and must be submitted by Monday, September 30, 2019 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. Fall semester presentations will be scheduled for November  18 - 20, 2019.

August 14, 2019
Libraries Building Communities Together

OHIO librarians recently joined forces with the Athens County Public Libraries to host “Libraries Build Communities,” a day-long conference held in Alden Library for librarians and staff to help foster connections, not only with librarians and resources, but also to enhance the quality of life for the OHIO community and the community of people living in Appalachia.