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Library Support for ODU's Students: FAQ

Find out How the Library Can Support You!

The Library is committed to supporting you throughout your program on campus at Ohio Dominican University and in our online environment.

Our most frequently asked questions are listed below--just click on a question to view the answer.

The library, located in Spangler Learning Center, is open to patrons. Our current hours are available here.

The following resources are available 24/7 for ODU students, staff, and faculty:

To access our databases and our ebooks from off campus, all you need is to provide your email account information--your email and your ODU password. For more information visit our Off-campus Help page.

Our Reference Librarians are also available to assist you by email & by chat. Visit our Ask a Librarian page for more information & our hours of service.

Visit our Library Home Page for more information.

We recommend 3 options:

(1) Turn to Research 101, our online interactive tutorial with tips & guides, which will show you how to get started and how to find books, ebooks, and articles through the library's catalogs & databases.

(2) Start your research with our Research Guides. Choose your Research Guide by subject (e.g., British Literature) or course (e.g., ENG110). Our Research Guides will give you our top recommended databases, links to other essential resources, tips on how to use them, & resources for citing your sources & getting personal assistance.

(3) If you're still not sure where to start, start with one or two of our frequently used databases that cover almost any topic, available in our General Interest Research Guide.

And remember--you're not alone. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance.

Reference librarians are available to help you with your research questions in many ways:

  • In person on the top floor of Spangler - just go to the front desk and ask for a librarian
  • By email: refdesk@ohiodominican.edu - we will respond as quickly as possible, at the latest by 1 business day
  • By chat: any time you see our chat icon or chat pop-up, or go here for chat
  • By phone:(614) 251-4754 | (888) 681-8044
  • By virtual appointment: visit our go here to book an online appointment - get an appointment with someone in as little as 2 hours (depending on availability)

Visit our Ask a Librarian page for our hours and more information.

Yes, you may check out library books from our library. Details on using ODU Library’s books and other materials during the COVID-19 outbreak are available here.

And don't forget about these options as well:

See Question #13 in this FAQ for more help with ebooks.

If you need to return your library items, please take the books to our book drop box in the parking lot behind the Griff or the Outer Lobby of the library building and put them in the book drop slot available there.

Yes, ODU Library is processing Interlibrary Loan requests.

No daily fines will be assessed for returned books when they are checked in.

Graduating seniors, please watch your ODU email as the semester draws to a close for a message concerning any outstanding library items and/or fines.

Yes, printing, scanning, and photocopying are available in Spangler. All machines now print in color, and you can adjust the settings in your document to staple and/or hole punch before sending it to the printer. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Services Desk.

Yes, computers are available for use in Spangler and are regularly sanitized; and there are plenty of spaces available for working, studying, and relaxing between classes.

Yes, OhioLINK is operating. After you request an item through OhioLINK, you will receive an email when OhioLINK items are available for pick-up.

Yes, our Course Reserves are available.

You have at least 3 options:

Our ebooks function just like websites and PDFs--no devices needed to read them. To open an ebook, when prompted, all you will need to do is log in with your last name and last 7 digits of your ODU ID number. In a few cases, you first may need to identify yourself as affiliated with Ohio Dominican University by selecting our university from a drop-down menu.

Please ask a librarian for assistance. We'd be happy to help you.

ODU Library: We're Where You Need Us

ODU Library: We're Where You Need Us!

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