Library Services for Faculty & Staff


Ask a Librarian

Reference librarians are available for in-person discussions as well as by:

The IRC Curriculum Library is available for help via:


Library Liaisons

A faculty librarian is assigned to each academic department. The Library Liaison is your primary contact for:

  • Requesting new materials to be purchased for the Library;
  • Requesting library instruction for your courses;
  • Familiarizing you with the Library's services and resources.


Faculty Publication Database

Ashland University Library maintains a database of faculty publications. Please contact a reference librarian about your recent publications so we may add them to our database and purchase copies of published works. View a complete listing of faculty-authored books currently in our collection via the Library catalog..


 Interlibrary Loan

Free interlibrary loan service is available for materials that cannot be accessed through the Ashland University Library's collections, databases or OhioLINK. Books borrowed via interlibrary loan must be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk. Periodical articles are mailed directly to requesters via their Ashland University e-mail account. Separate online interlibrary loan request forms are available within the Ashland University Library's website for books and articles.


Journal Lending

Faculty members may borrow hard copies of journals. All journals must be signed out at the Library's Circulation Desk.


Extended Borrowing Periods

Need a particular book for longer than the traditional borrowing period? Ask at the Circulation Desk to extend the borrowing period for Ashland University Library books.


Manage Your Library Account

You can renew Library materials, view due dates and check the status of OhioLINK requests through the MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT feature. Logging in requires only your seven-digit Ashland University ID number and your name. Linked access to My LIBRARY ACCOUNT is available as a Quick Link on the Ashland University Library homepage as well as from search pages of the Library's online catalog.


OhioLINK & SearchOhio Policy

OhioLINK and SearchOhio policies differ from Ashland University Library policies in that these entities charges $0.50/day for each overdue item.

Additionally, for OhioLINK materials, on the 30th day of being overdue the fine changes automatically to $50. A $125 fine is charged for OhioLINK materials that are lost, destroyed or not returned.

OhioLINK circulation privileges for faculty cease once fines equal or exceed $25.

OhioLINK and SearchOhio policies and fines are determined solely by those entities and cannot be waived by Ashland University.


Rowe Room

The Rowe Room, on the fifth floor of the Ashland University Library, is a private mid-sized study room intended for faculty use. Contact Judi Humphrey (x5400) to reserve the room in advance.


Retired & Emeriti Faculty

Retired and emeriti faculty living in Ohio have full library privileges at no cost to themselves. Retired and emeriti faculty living outside of Ohio cannot borrow library materials, but otherwise have full library privileges at no cost to themselves.



Services for Instruction

 Course Reserves

For information about Ashland University Library traditional course reserves (electronic & non-electronic) and reserve policies, contact Head of Circulation Judi Humphrey (419.289.5400, x5400).

If you need the Library to purchase new materials to be placed on reserve, or if you need an item to be moved from the circulating collection to the reserve collection, contact your department's library liaison.


Copyright Guidelines & E-Reserves

The following guidelines are provided for faculty members considering the use of electronic reserves for a course:


Blackboard Learn & AU Databases

You can link directly to periodical articles located within Ashland University Library's databases. Please contact a Reference Librarian if you need help with this process (x5400). Learn more about this process on the Linking Full-Text to Blackbard and Course Web Pages tutorial.

Importing Articles to Blackboard 

Library Guides (aka LibGuides)

Created by faculty librarians, Ashland University Library's LIbrary Guides serve as a starting point for student research.  Guides are also created to support library instruction, provide course support, and feature additional resources such as copyright and Banned Books Week information.


Library Instruction

The Reference and Instruction Librarians are always happy to provide library instruction to classes both on the main campus and via Blackboard Collaborate at regional centers. Library instruction can be tailored to meet your objectives for a particular course or assignment and/or introduce your students to key sources used in your discipline.

Please contact the Library at least two weeks in advance of the session date to allow for preparation. Contact a Reference and Instruction Librarian in person, by phone at 419.289.5400 (x5400), or by email at


Library Instruction Classroom

The Library Instruction Classroom (LIC) is located on the ground floor of the Library. Designated primarily for library instruction, the LIC may be reserved for class sessions requiring student computer work stations. Contact reference staff at 419.289.5402 (x5402) to schedule a class session in the LIC.


Research Help for Students

Please encourage your students to ask the Reference Librarians for help. We can make their search more efficient and rewarding. We also offer one-on-one research appointments. Contact  us at or 419.289.5402 

Information Literacy Framework

Our goal is for all Ashland University graduates to be information-literate citizens. Our SLOs focus on students learning to think critically about information.  See Information Literacy for Faculty and Administrators (Association of College and Research Libraries).


Tips for Library Assignments

These tips were developed to reduce plagiarism and may result in more successful projects as supported by scholarly resources. Contact Ashland University Library's Reference and Instruction Librarians if you would like suggestions for creating a library-based assignment:


Library Lecture Room

The Library Lecture Room, located on the ground floor, is scheduled through the Office of Records & Registration (x5666).


Display Cases: Library Main Floor

Faculty are welcome and encouraged to schedule use of display cases on the Library's main floor. Contact the library via email or contact the circulation desk, extension 5400, library main floor, for additional information. Students may use display cases only when supervised by an instructor.