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August 09, 2013 : Ohio University Southern library provides more than books

Ohio University Southern students seeking an academic oasis from the hustle and bustle of crowded classrooms and common areas need look no further than the second floor of the Collins Center. 


Mary Stout, library director, and her staff of four, put in long hours to ensure Southern’s students have access to books and computers whenever they need them.

“We have about 25,000 books and access to extensive online databases,” Stout said. “Most books can be checked out until the end of the semester so students can use them throughout the entirety of their classes.”


Stout said the library also has a collection of donated used textbooks students can check out. She said the selection is limited, but for those lucky enough to find the book they need it is a nice alternative having to buy it.


The library offers 18 computers for students to use as needed. Stout said they do not stand over students’ shoulders, but prefer the computers to be used for schoolwork.

“Students come in often to do research, write and print papers and access class information,” Stout said. “We can also provide limited technical support, but typically sent them to the university computer lab.”


The library goes above and beyond to let students know it is there for them. Stout said professors are encouraged to bring their students to the library and the library staff will even go to the classroom to talk about services offered. She said the library staff wants to make sure every student feels comfortable checking out books, using the computers and utilizing the online databases.


Learning Express is one of those databases, one in which does not seem to get as much use as it could, Stout said. 

“It has a lot of practice tests, including the ACT, SAT and PRAXIS for our education majors,” Stout said. “We can help them set up an account here and then they can access it, and our other online databases, anytime, anywhere.”


The main advice Stout said she can give students is to just come to the library. She said she knows students who waited years to finally walk inside and did not take long to tell her they wish they had done so earlier. 


Library Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 am to 9:00 pm


8:00 am to 5:00 pm

During Winter Intersession, Spring Break and between semesters, the Library Hours are Monday - Friday from 8 am until 5 pm.