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Reference Services: Contact Us

Reference Librarians: We make your research easier & your results better!

Need help with your research? Ask a librarian!

We make your research easier & your results better! 

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Phone: (614) 251-4754 | (888) 681-8044

In Person: At the Library Reference Desk in Spangler Learning Center

Have a quick question? Visit our FAQ.

Want to know more about Reference Services? 

Reference Service Hours 

Our current temporary hours for the break are::

  • Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Emails are answered as quickly as possible, within 1 business day.

Regular hours of service are also supplemented with appointments that can be made outside those hours if needed.

Please ask a librarian if you need to meet for a research consultation outside our normal hours of operation. Hours are subject to change, so please check the Spangler Building Calendar for daily hours, located on the ODU Library home page.

Guidelines for Using our Services

  • Our service is provided as first-come, first-serve, whether in person, by phone, by email, or by chat
  • It is best to use our chat service to ask questions about library resources or library policies that can be answered in brief chat responses or questions about how to get started with your research; for questions requiring lengthy, detailed responses, we recommend you consider using one of our other options if possible. 
  • For more information, see our Overview of Reference Services

Faculty, having your students do a research assignment?

Please share your assignment details with the reference librarians so that we can prepare to assist your students to the best extent possible. Fill out and send our online Research Assignment Alert to us at