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Promoting Learning, Scholarship, Access, and Affordability

ODU Library: Promoting Learning, Scholarship, Access, & Affordability

Find out more about what we are doing and have done for the ODU Community with this portal.

What is an Academic Library?

An academic library is a designated place, physical or digital, that houses scholarly materials, in all media formats, that support an entire university community. Through its instructional and research services, the academic library supports the university curriculum and research of faculty, staff, and students. Most academic libraries are much larger than public libraries and generally, non-academic material is not found in an academic library.

Degrees and Skills of Academic Librarians: An academic librarian has a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science. Some academic librarians have additional Masters’ degrees or Ph.D.’s in specific subject disciplines. Academic librarians are analytical, strong teachers, and are  trained and skilled in conducting in-depth research using a variety of tools. They are service-oriented, collaborative, well-organized, multi-task at high levels, and have  strong written and verbal communication and a variety of technological skills.

Your ODU Library

The ODU Library in Spangler Learning Center collects resources that support the curriculum and provides services that support the research activities of students, faculty, and staff.

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Mission & Identiiy 

What We Do

Our Community Services