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Archer Library offers many services to students on campus and online. Digital and print resources, including over 650,000 eBooks and print books, support all levels of coursework. Dedicated to student success, the library features the Instructional Resource Center, the Bernice Faber Baker Active Learning Lab, a Special Books Collection, and the Leo and Laura Thomas Numismatic Center.

Student-centered departments, including the Writing and Communications Center, the Center for Academic Support, and the Career Center for Life Calling are also located in Archer Library. In addition to the library's information and service desk, the main floor now includes the Lyceum Café, XR conference room, and student IT help desk.

Library Circulation Desk

Library Hours

Summer Hours

Archer Library's summer hours begin on Monday, May 6th.

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Archer Library hours are subject to change.

View the full library hours calendar online. Follow AU Library News Blog for the latest news and updates.

Holiday & Special Hours

Occasion Date(s) Hours
Memorial Day May 27 Closed
Juneteenth June 19 Closed
Independence Day July 4 Closed
Fall Hours begin August 26  

Ask a Librarian: LibChat

Interested in learning more about our chat service? Ask a Librarian information and chat policy are available on this page.

A chat widget is available on this page and select Library Guides. The chat widget will open automatically when a librarian is on duty to answer questions.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a free service available to students, faculty, and staff. It can be used to request:

  • articles not available through Archer Library databases or print periodicals collection;
  • books unavailable through OhioLINK or SearchOhio;
  • a copy of a single chapter from a book. Use the Article Request Form for a chapter request.
  • for copies of a dissertation literature review, use the article request form and specify pages requested.

Article Request

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

Book Request

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.

Accessing the forms

AU Login credentials are required to access ILL article and book request forms. This is the same information used to access Blackboard & AU email.

Having trouble accessing the forms? Be sure to LOG OUT of any personal Microsoft email account prior to use. Not doing so may result in inability to access the online form.

Library Active Learning Center


Archer Library has traditional course reserves (books, DVDs, or music CDs) available for faculty use. These items are located at the library circulation desk, main floor. Instructors placing items on reserve determine length of the reserve period, hours or days, and whether the item may leave the library.

Questions about reserves?
Please contact Judi Humphrey, Head of Circulation & Reserves, at x5400.

Numismatic Center

The field of Numismatics has an important place within a university curriculum, as the historical study of coins and currency continues to shed new light on cultures of the past and serves as a guide for the socioeconomic policies of the future. The Leo and Laura Thomas Numismatic Center plays an active role in expanding this field of knowledge.

The Leo and Laura Thomas Numismatic Center, located on the sixth floor of Ashland University's Archer Library, is under the management of Robert C. (‘Bud’) Ingmand, who serves as volunteer director. Visit the Center to view and study its many fascinating displays!

At this time the Numismatic Center does not have regular hours, but we would love to give you a tour.

Numismatic Center

To set up an appointment, contact: