If you need help with research, information about your library account, or just need to know who to contact with your question, this page provides an overview of available resources. To paraphrase a famous fictional headmaster, "Help will always be given to those who ask for it."


AU Library Faculty & Staff

Reference librarians
are normally available to assist you six days a week (no Saturday availability):

  • Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2-9 p.m.

Reference librarians can help you:


The Instructional Resource Center's curriculum librarian (education), and the IRC staff will be able to help you:


Library Circulation and Reserves staff will be able to help you:


Citing Sources

Citing sources correctly isn’t easy, but don’t despair. We have resources to help you.


Connecting from Off Campus

If you are working from off campus, it is necessary to authenticate before viewing database and e-book resources. Why? These items are provided to users via AU Library and our membership in the OhioLINK consortium.  As such, they available only to current AU students, faculty, and staff.  Our Connecting from Off Campus page provides valuable information if you are having problems authenicating to use our resources from off campus.


Schedule a Research Appointment

Librarians can provide extensive help at the reference desk, but if you want to be sure that there will be enough time to fully explore your research question, please schedule a research appointment with one of the reference librarians.


Library Guides (aka LibGuides)

Need help finding appropriate research resources for your topic? AU librarians have created a collection of AU Library Guides to help users navigate the library and information landscape. 

What type of guides are available?

  • Research guides have been developed for specific subject areas and typically include library materials (books, e-books, and media), database resources, and internet resources.
  • Course guides provide information and resources for specific courses and/or projects and assignments.
  • Library Instruction guides are  often developed by reference librarians to be used in conjunction with instruction sessions.
  • General & topic guides, such as Copyright Resources and Banned Books Week, provide information on topics of interest to library users.


Research Help for Ed.D. Students

Developed to assist Ed.D. students with library resources available for research, this Ed.D. this research guide features information about the Library mentor program and online research resources. It also includes links to Ashland University doctoral dissertations, literature review resources and a variety of other research elements.


Seminary (ATS) Students

Ashland Theological Seminary Library has its own  staff who best know your needs as a seminarian. Please contact the Seminary directly at 419.289.5169. If you are using the Seminary's toll free number 1.866.287.6446, ask for extension 5169. The ATS Library website contains additional information.