Library Services for Students


Research Help

Reference librarians are available to assist students six days a week during the regular semester:

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

During these times students can:

  • meet with a reference librarian in person;
  • speak with a reference librarian on the phone (419-289-5402);

Students may, at their convenience, schedule a one-on-one research appointment.

Students can also e-mail questions to the reference staff at (Response times will vary depending on staff availability.)


Research Help for Ed.D. Students

A library guide (a.k.a. LibGuide) has been developed to assist students enrolled in the Dwight Schar College of Education's doctoral program.


Finding Books & Materials

AU Library Catalog and OneSearch may used to determine what is in the Ashland University Library collections, including the Seminary Library, (ex. books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, IRC materials) and where items are located. Directories for the main campus Library are posted inside and outside the elevators and on the Library website.


Borrowing from AU Library

Your Eagle Card serves as your library card, enabling you to borrow library materials. Lending periods vary depending on type of material. Click here to view the Library's circulation policies.


Borrrowing from OhioLINK

Ashland University Library is a member of OhioLINK, a group of more than one hundred Ohio college and university libraries. OhioLINK offers online borrowing through its central OhioLINK library catalog.


Databases & Online Resources: Connecting from Off Campus

To use Ashland University Library databases and other online proprietary resources from off campus (not including the Ashland University or OhioLINK library catalogs), students must authenticate. The log-in screen appears when a student clicks on a link for a database or other online resource. Authentication lasts for two hours, after which time re-authentication will be prompted when a student accesses a different online resource.

More information about off-campus access.


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a free service used by students for getting:

  • books unavailable through OhioLINK or SearchOhio;
  • articles not available through the Ashland University Library's databases or print periodicals collection.
  • Note: students who do not attend the Ashland campus can use the interlibrary loan request form to request a scan of an article from the Library's print collections.

Books requested through interlibrary loan are delivered to the main campus Library's Circulation Desk. Requesters will receive an e-mail informing them when items are ready to be picked up.

Articles requested through interlibrary loan are e-mailed directly to the requester.


Course Reserves

Ashland University Library has both electronic (online) and traditional (non-electronic) reserves available.

Traditional (non-electronic) reserves include books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical items. These items are available at the Circulation Desk, library main floor, and are searchable through the Ashland University Library Catalog.

Electronic reserves (e-Res) include scanned articles or other documents accessible online. E-reserve holdings are searchable through the E-Reserves portal by instructor name, course and author/title.


My Library Account

You can review your library account by logging in to MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT. Locate My Library Account in the library catalog or via a Quick Link on the Ashland University Library home page.

What does it do? My Library Account provides opportunity for students to monitor due dates, renew materials, and check the status of OhioLINK requests. Please note: renewal online works only up to the due date.  After that you can contact the Library Circulation Desk (419-289-5400) to request a renewal.

Library Computers

Computers are widely available on the main floor, second floor, and inside the Instructional Resource Center. PCs are also available in more limited number on each upper floor.


Printing: Print Quota

Printers are available on the main floor and second floor of the Library. Computers on the second floor, inside and outside of the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), exclusively utilize second-floor printers. All other computers in the Library print to the main floor.

Main Floor -- Printers on the main floor (b&w only) are located on the east side of the building, near the Recreational Reading collection. Printing is free for Ashland University students and is tied in with the print quota system (

Second Floor -- A printer is available at the print station located outside the IRC.  It is part of the print quota system.

Second Floor (color) -- IRC Color printing is available from all second-floor computers. Print jobs sent to the color printer cost 10¢ per page.

Wireless Printing - AU library's main floor printer is part of the Google Cloud print network. Print from your laptop or mobile device using your print quota.


Copy Machines

Copy machines are available on the main floor and second floor of the Library.

Main Floor -- The main floor copier/scanner is located near the print station on the east side of the building. Use your Eagle Card or AU network login to make copies using your AU print quota (view print quota).

Second Floor -- The second floor copy machine, located outside the IRC, is also available to use in conjunction with your Eagle Card or network login.

Scan to Email -- Items can be scanned to email without charge using the main floor and second floor copiers. Directions are located with both machines.

Copyright notice of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. As such, the person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.


Fax Machine

Students may send faxes from AU Library. For more information, ask at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.

Need to receive faxed materials? The Center for Academic Support (7th floor) and Ashbrook Center (8th floor) offer this service.


Vending Machines

Two vending machines, dispensing food and drink, are available on the ground floor. Both machines accept AU Eagle card and cash.


Study Rooms

Study rooms on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floor are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is possible to reserve a study room; ask at the main desk for more information. 

  • Study rooms have a time limit of three hours.
  • Users exceeding the three hour limit may be asked to vacate.
  • Users are reminded not to leave items unattended in study rooms.
  • AU Library is not responsible for personal items and belongings left unattended in study rooms.


AU Library Extended Hours

Ashland University Library offers extended hours during final exams. Extended hours are posted with Library Hours updates, AU Library's News & Information Blog, AU Library Guides and Library FAQs home pages, and on the library digital sign.


Library Employment

Student job openings for AU Library at the main circulation desk and Instructional Resource Center (IRC) are posted on the AU Career Services portal AU Career Connect.. 

First time users will need to create an account.