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Fall Semester Guidelines

Welcome back, students, faculty and staff!  Our services and spaces are open and operational for Fall 2021, though we still must follow campus safety guidelines. 

Find answers to the most common questions about our services, spaces, hours, and safety. 

Borrowing & Self-Pickup

Study Spaces & Building Access


Study Spaces & Building Access

Is the library open to all students?

Yes, Alden Library is now open to the public. 

What will study spaces look like in Alden? 

As we return to normal, we'll be moving a lot of furniture around.  Please forgive our noise and mess!


Will the library be clean and safe for study? 

The library will be cleaned regularly in accordance with the  cleaning protocols from the University's Facilities Management and Safety team.  

We will also provide self-cleaning supplies so that you can sanitize your workspace before and after you study.

Cleaning Protocols

Ohio University’s Facilities Management and Safety team continues use of its modified cleaning process, originally created in March, to keep our University community safe while ensuring spaces are fully sanitized.

The changes include using EPA-approved disinfectants that destroy the COVID-19 virus and focusing cleaning efforts on common spaces, restrooms, and high touch points. High touch points are areas that are frequently touched by individuals’ hands as they move through a facility, such as door handles and glass, handrails, drinking fountains, faucet handles, light switches, and elevator keypads.

When campus reopens for normal traffic, Facilities Management and Safety will continue to focus on common areas, restrooms and high touch points, and when in-person classes resume, staff will add additional in-depth cleaning and disinfection of classrooms on a daily basis, along with increased cleaning services in residence halls.

Once these cleaning tasks are complete, staff then move on to project work, such as detailed and restorative cleaning, such as floor refinishing, carpet cleaning, cleaning of light fixtures, and deep cleaning of restrooms. With limited functions returning to campus in recent weeks, more emphasis has been placed on cleaning of public spaces and less emphasis on project work.

Can I still study with my friends and classmates in a group study room? 

Fully vaccinated individuals also longer have to maintain physical distance in non-classroom indoor public spaces on campus, including our Libraries. 

Note that face masks are required in study rooms since those rooms are a "shared space."


Regardless of vaccination status, all Ohio University students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors. Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep your fellow bobcats safe!

Follow this link to learn more about Ohio University's plan for Fall Semester 2021.

Do I have to wear a mask?  Even when studying alone?  

Regardless of vaccination status, all Ohio University students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors. This includes all study spaces and book stacks since they are shared space. Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep your fellow bobcats safe!

Follow this link to learn more about Ohio University's plan for Fall Semester 2021.

Are all floors of the building open?  Can I study wherever I like? 

All floors are now open during the posted times. Please see the "Other Floors" listing on our hours page for more information.

Can OHIO emeriti access Alden Library?

Yes, Alden Library is now open to the public. 

I am a community member or Friends of Libraries member. Can I come into Alden?

Yes, Alden Library is now open to the public. 

I need items from my locker or carrel in Alden Library. What do I do?

All floors are accessible during the posted times. You are welcome to come retrieve items from your locker or carrel at your convenience. 

For time being, we are not taking new locker requests. 

Borrowing & Self-Pickup

Can I check out books and DVDs from the library?
Use the Request Button in the ALICE Catlog to request materials

Yes. Our libraries are now open for browsing and retrieving materials. 

You can also use the "Request" button in the ALICE Catalog if you prefer contactless self-pickup.  You will be notified by email when your materials are ready, which will typically be within 5 business days for items from your home campus.  Items requested from other campuses may take 1-2 weeks to arrive at your home library.

Hours and directions vary by campus location and are listed in the FAQ below.


What hours can I pick up items? What are the locations and directions for self-pickup?

Pickup Hours by Campus

Athens Alden Library

Building Hours

Pickup on shelves on the 2nd Floor . 

Additional Alden Library directions

Athens Music

& Dance Library


10 am - 4 pm

 You must have pre-existing card swipe access to

Glidden Hall to pickup at the Music & Dance Library

Additional Music & Dance Library directions





Pickup by appointment outside the library

Additional Chllicothe Campus Directions



10am- 2pm

Pickup at Shannon Hall

Additional Eastern Campus directions



9 am -4 pm

Pickup from cart inside the library entrance

Additional Lancaster Campus directions



12 - 3 pm

Curbside Pickup available

Call 740.533.4622 when you arrive. 




Pickup inside the south entrance

Additional Zanesville Campus directions

Directions for Each Campus Library

Each campus has different pickup directions. 

Athens Campus - Alden Library

  • Your items will be held on the shelves past the cafe.   Turn left as you enter the second floor and walk past the cafe. 

  • Your items will have your name on them and will already be checked out to you. Items will be held for 16 business days. 

  • Please observe social distancing if other patrons are picking up items.

  • Masks are required when entering campus buildings, including Alden Library. 

Athens Campus - Music & Dance Library

  • Choose Music & Dance Library for the pick-up location in ALICE
  • You must have pre-existing card swipe access to Glidden Hall to pickup at the Music & Dance Library
  • Items will be placed on a cart, already checked out, in the hallway just outside of the Music & Dance Library

Chillicothe Campus

  • Call 740.774.7202 to schedule an appointment
  • Pickup available Tuesday and Thursday 10 am-3 pm
  • Your items will be placed near the Orange Book Drop on the porch of the building
  • Email weaverb1@ohio.edu or call 740.774.7202 with questions
  • Contact us if you need an alternate time for pickup

Eastern Campus

  • Pickup available Monday through Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Email Brad Cecil, cecil@ohio.edu or call 740-699-2519 with questions or to make an appointment for pickup

Lancaster Campus

  • Your checked-out items will be placed on a cart in a bag with your last name visible.

  • The cart will be inside the library entrance, M-Th 9am-4pm..

Zanesville Campus

  • Self-service pick-up from 10am-2pm, Monday through Thursday, inside the south entrance of the library.
Can I request materials from OhioLINK?


  • Yes, OhioLINK borrowing services are operational, but during Fall Semester 2021, OhioLINK deliveries are experiencing significant delays.
  • Library staff will automatically check out materials to patrons and make items available for no-contact pick-up. For more information see the FAQs above. 
  • Due to limited building access at many sites, Pick-Up-Anywhere service will be available only at some locations. Users should call ahead to ensure Pick-Up-Anywhere is available if they choose to pick up materials at a library that is not their home library.  

If you have questions about OhioLINK borrowing, please email pcirc@ohio.edu.

Can I get items from the Athens Campus Library Annex or the Music and Dance Library?

Yes, items from the Annex and Music & Dance Library will be delivered to the pick up location in Alden Library or to a regional campus library. 

Can I get items from another Ohio University campus? Can you deliver items between OHIO campuses?

Yes.  You may request materials from other Ohio University campus libraries to be shipped to your campus library.

Can I use Interlibrary Loan to request materials?

Interlibrary Loan is operating as normal.  Items can be picked up at the 4th Floor Service Desk in Alden Library.


If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, please email ill@ohio.edu.

I received an item I do not need. What do I do with it?

Return the item in the nearest book drop or simply leave it on the pickup shelf.  

I am on the faculty/staff delivery service on the Athens campus. Will you deliver?

No, Faculty/Staff Delivery is not available at this time.   We are planning to resume the service this fall. 

Can OHIO emeriti borrow items through contactless pick-up?

Yes. The Libraries are pleased to be able to offer access to our collections and OhioLINK services through our contactless self-pickup service to the Emeriti community.  If you have issues requesting items through ALICE, contact the Libraries at library.borrowing@ohio.edu for assistance.

I am a community member or Friends of Libraries member. Can I check out items?

Yes, Alden Library is now open to the public. 

How do I return my books, dvds, or other library materials?

Library materials can be returned to any Ohio University campus library book drop, or any open OhioLINK library’s book drop within the state. 

For students who can’t get to an OhioLINK library to return materials, the Libraries' are sponsoring a UPS book return program to return their items borrowed from OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan, or Ohio University Libraries. This program is available now through summer 2021.

How does it work? Just fill out this survey to let us know how many books, dvds or other items you will be returning. We will generate a UPS return label and send to your email address.  After you receive the return label, you have two options:

  • Place items in a padded mailer or box, attach the label, and drop at a UPS return site near you, or
  • Place items in a padded mailer or box, attach the label, and request a UPS pick-up

Further details will be included with the return mailing slip. If you have any questions, contact Deborah Daniels

I am unable to get to the library to pick-up materials. Can I get articles and book chapters electronically delivered?

Yes.  The Libraries offer electronic delivery via PDF of journal articles and book chapters through our Document Express (from OHIO owned items) and Interlibrary Loan (from other libraries) services.

  1. Place a request through Interlibrary Loan - ILLiad.
  2. Library staff will scan the item for you or request a scan from another library.
  3. You will receive an email when your PDFs are ready to view.
How will the Libraries provide access to print course reserves?

We are currently not able to provide print and other physical reserves services.  The very nature of that program is not compatible with safe handling protocols developed in response to the current pandemic.  Instead we encourage instructors to identify portions of printed works we can scan and make available in accordance with copyright law.  For complete works, we will purchase electronic access when possible.  Please note, the Libraries cannot purchase textbooks.  Instructors should check the Digital Course Materials program from OIT to see if the assigned textbook is available there.

Requests for scans, to be placed by the instructor in Blackboard or made available by the Libraries through electronic reserves, should be made using the Illiad System.  Under the "New Requests Menu" in Illiad, select the option for "Course Reserves."Since both purchasing and scanning can take time, requests should be made as far in advance as possible to ensure timely availability.

Instructors are encouraged to contact course reserves staff at reserves@ohio.edu with questions about course reserves and to contact their subject librarian if they have any questions or concerns about digital materials.

I’m a faculty member and I need materials for my courses or my research. Can you help?

Contact your subject librarian with questions about locating content.

I’m a student and I need materials to complete my course assignments or research. Can you help?

Contact us  for assistance locating materials to fulfill assignments. 

I need to use an item labeled "NON-CIRC" in ALICE, but I cannot request it. What can I do?

There are some items in our collection that do not circulate and typically cannot be checked out.  However, these are extraordinary times, so please contact us with the details of what item you need, and we will do our best to arrange a way for you to use the item. 

I'm not near any Ohio University campus. Will you ship books or materials to me?

If you are near an OhioLINK member library, you can use the pick-up anywhere feature to have items sent to that library for you to pick up. Some OhioLINK Libraries are not providing pick-up service at this time, so be sure to contact your local OhioLINK Library first. If you are not near an open OhioLINK member library or are outside of Ohio, your subject librarian can help you establish a relationship with a local library near you. Typically, it is easier and faster to borrow from somewhere close to you, but if that is not possible, we will work with you to get the materials to you.