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Wooster Campus Research Library

Research begins not in the laboratory but in the library

OARDC Library

Currently, the library located in the Fisher Auditorium complex is closed to visitors but open virtually for questions & consultations! 

Staff (virtually) available: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday & by appointment

During the month of August, we will share details below about our phased return to library facilities for Fall 2020.

Pandemic operating procedures

Masks. In accordance with OSU policy, masks must be worn in the library common areas at all times. Staff working alone in offices with doors closed are not required to wear masks.

Cleaning. All library users are asked to clean their study spaces upon arrival and departure. A sanitation station with cleaning fluid and paper towels will be provided. Library staff will provide additional cleaning of high-touch areas. 

Occupancy limits and physical distance. All library spaces have occupancy limits clearly posted.  Furniture and computer stations have been arranged for physical distancing according to university guidelines. 

Materials quarantine. All library material returns and incoming requests will be quarantined for 5 days before processing.

Library access

Fall 2020 library access will be limited to OSU graduate students, faculty, and staff.  The building and library doors will be locked and access will be via key fob access ONLY.  If you would like a key fob, please email Gwen at short.67 or Laura at Miller.9363


Access to library materials

OSU & OhioLINK material borrowing. Beginning August 10th, you can request physical library materials through the OSU or OhioLINK online catalogs. Once your item arrives on the Wooster Campus, you will receive an email notification. Requested items can be picked up at the front desk beginning August 25th. Expect delays due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Book returns. Any OSU or OhioLINK book can be returned to the WCRL Library beginning August 25th. Prior to August 25th, please contact Gwen Short.67 to schedule an appointment. Returned materials will be quarantined for 5 days before they are checked in. 

Local book & journal collections. Access to the physical library stacks are closed.  However, library users can request and borrow these materials using the OSU or OhioLINK library catalogs. 

Study space and carrels

Fall 2020: Carrels will not be available for reservation.  They will still be available for walk in use but not be assigned.  This will allow library users the flexibility to physical distance themselves as well as easier cleaning of study spaces. If you need a space to store your study materials, you may request a filing cabinet drawer.  Please contact Laura Miller.9363 with questions or requests.

Quiet Study Room(1 Person)

Need a quiet, distraction free place to study? Contact the library to reserve this small study room.

Small Conference Room AKA Enlow Room (1 person)

Need a space to study or practice a presentation? This room is equipped with large whiteboards, presenter’s podium, teleconferencing capabilities, and the ability to project content from multiple laptops onto the large monitor. Contact library staff to reserve. 

Named for generous donor and former OARDC librarian Helen Hahn Enlow

Public Computers + Printer Access

In addition to connecting you with library resources, our three public workstations offer access to specialty software including Matlab, IBM SPSS, Minitab, SAS, SigmaPlot, ArcGIS, Python, Refworks, Google Earth, and Photoshop.

Printing costs/page are as follows: $.04/B&W and $.15/color. Printing is paid for via BUCK ID. To add funds to your BUCK ID, visit Visitors are able to purchase $5 print cards from library staff (cash only). 

Microform Reader

The library’s microform reader has the ability to read both microfilm and microfiche, as well as print black and white copies free of charge.