Ohio University

Community Members

In addition to our faculty, staff and students, Ohio University is glad to serve members of the general Athens community and surrounding regions.  Below you will find services specific to members of the local community.  

Community Borrowing

Residents of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington Counties, as well as all Ohio University alumni, are eligible for community borrowing. To receive or renew your community member library card, print out the community patron application (PDF) or request a copy at the Alden 4th Floor Service Desk. You’ll need to bring a photo ID to the Alden 4th Floor Service Desk with your completed application.

Community borrowers must be at least 18 years old; those under 18 may be registered on the card of a parent or guardian. Public school students visiting the library as part of a class may obtain a temporary library card; teachers must provide a completed Public School Application for Library Privileges (PDF) for each student 10-14 days prior to the scheduled visit. Submit completed applications to Chasity Gragg or Lorraine Wochna.

Read over the Community Patron Information Sheet (PDF) in order to learn more about becoming a community patron.  

For extended borrowing privileges, consider becoming a Friend of the Libraries!

Computing & Printing for Community Members

Member of the general community are welcome to use computers and printers in Alden Library.  Ask at a service desk for assistance with accessing computers or printing. 

Access to Electronic Resources and Databases

Due to our license agreements with publishers, off-campus and remote access to online subscription resources are limited to current Ohio University faculty, staff, and students.  We have several workstations near the 2nd floor service desk in Alden Library where community members can use library databases and other licensed electronic resources such as journals and e-books.  Please ask at the 2nd floor service desk for assistance. 

If you are unable to travel to Alden Library, there may be other options for accessing similar library resources.