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Welcome to Archer Library

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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 houses the Instructional Resource Center, an Active Learning Lab, the Special Books Collections, the Leo and Laura Thomas Numismatic Center, and the Center for Academic Support. Fall 2023 will bring the Writing and Communications Center, a Café, an XR conference room, and a student IT help desk to our main floor.

Library Hours

Archer Library Fall Schedule - 2023

Archer Library's fall hours begin on Monday, August 28th.

Please note that due to main floor construction, Archer Library hours are subject to change.

Monday - Thursday:  8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Saturday:  Noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday:  5 - 10 p.m.


Holiday & Special Hours 
Occasion Date(s) Hours
Labor Day Sept. 2 - Sept. 4 Closed
Fall Break Oct. 12 - Oct. 13 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Oct. 14 Closed
Thanksgiving Break  Nov. 21 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Nov. 22 - Nov. 26 Closed
Extended Hours & Finals Dec. 8 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  Dec. 9 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  Dec. 10 5 - 11 p.m.
  Dec. 11 - Dec. 12 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  Dec. 13 8 a.m. - 10p.m.
  Dec. 14 - Dec. 15 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
After Finals Dec. 16 - Dec. 17 Closed
  Dec. 18 - Dec. 20 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter Break Dec. 21 - Jan. 3, 2024 Closed

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

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.

Student laying on a couch in the library studying


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.

Ask a Librarian

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

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. Please contact Bud Ingmand at or 419-606-9136 to set up an appointment.

Numismatic Center