Library Services for Students


Research Help

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

  • Monday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8 a.m.-9 .p.m
  • Wednesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2-9 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 specialized 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 collection (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 AU 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 93 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 assorted online resources from off campus (not including the Ashland University or OhioLINK library catalogs), students must first log in. The log-in (authentication) 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;
  • books unavailable through SearchOhio;
  • articles not available through the Ashland University Library's databases or print periodicals collection.

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

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


My Library Account

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

My Library Account provides opportunity for students to monitor due dates, renew materials, and check the status of OhioLINK material requests. Please note, renewal online only works up through the day before the due date.

Library Comptuers

Computer are widely available on the main floor, second floor, and Instructional Resource Center. Additionally, PCs are available on each floor, including in study rooms on the third, fourth, and fifth floor.


Printing: Print Quota

Printing is 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 on the main floor.

Main Floor -- Printers on the main floor (b&w only) are located on the east side of the building, by 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 directly outside of the IRC. Printing to this machine is free for Ashland University students and is tied in with the print quota system.

Second Floor (color) -- 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. 


Copy Machines

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

Main Floor -- Coin-operated copy machines on the main floor are located on the east side of the building, by the Recreational Reading collection. The cost of copies is $.10 per page. One copy machine is also equipped to accept payment via EagleCard.

Copy machines on the main floor are also capable of scanning to email. Directions are located on the machines.

Second Floor -- The second floor copy machine, located directly outside the IRC, is managed by the Dwight Schar College of Education (COE). It is available to COE students during field experiences. Instructors will notify students regarding number of copies available. Students are responsible for knowing their username and ID number; number of copies assigned and remaining; and for logging out of the copy machine when finished.


Change Machine

A change machine is located on the east side of the main floor of the building, by the Recreational Reading collection. It accepts only $1 and $5 bills.


Fax Machine

Student fax service is available at the Circulation Desk, AU Library main floor.


Vending Machines

Two vending machines, dispensing food and drink, are available on the ground floor.


Study Rooms

Study rooms on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floor are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Opportunity to reserve these study rooms for short blocks of time is vailable, ask at the main desk for more information. Study room computers print to the main floor..

  • 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 unattended items 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 on the Library Hours section of the web site, AU Library's News & Information Blog, AU Library Guides and Library FAQs home pages, and the library digital sign.


Library Employment

Student employment openings for the Library are posted through the Financial Aid office.