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Options for Electronic Access if you are not a current OU student, faculty, or staff

In general, only current Ohio University students, employees, and emeriti can access databases and other electronic resources licensed to Ohio University Libraries. For summer access, students must be enrolled in both the spring semester prior and the fall semester subsequent, if not enrolled in summer courses. If you are not currently affiliated with the university, the options below may still provide some access to resources and content.

Access at Ohio University Libraries

Access to subscription resources is available on specific computers in Alden Library and the Music and Dance Library. Just ask at the Service Desk and we will be happy to help you.

Access within Ohio

Although Alumni,  Friends of the Libraries, and Community Patrons do not have access to electronic subscription content,  the Ohio Web Library provides access to a few similar resources within the state of Ohio. Access is available through your local public library or the State Library of Ohio.

    "Via the Ohio Web Library, Libraries Connect Ohio provides instant access to thousands of online publications and research resources. The current Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more. For more information about the Ohio Web Library, read the FAQ."

Access Outside Ohio

Your local public library can provide you with

  • database access on site
  • book borrowing
  • Interlibrary Loan

Your local state-funded university should allow guest access to many services, though this can vary by institution. Ask about their guest options.

Open Access Databases and Content

Browse a list of discovery tools and learn more about Open Access.