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OWU Library FAQ

2023-24 Library Access

Beeghly Library will be closed throughout the 2023-2024 academic year as we address climate conditions affecting our collections and explore long-term solutions. The main circulation desk will be relocated to the Hobson Science Library in Schimmel/Conrades Science Center.

This list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provides information about how library services will be delivered during the Beeghly closure. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Where can students study?

  • Hobson Library will continue to offer its current study tables and soft seating.
  • The Slocum Reading Room offers a number of study tables and seating options with 24/7 card ID access.
  • Dedicated study lounges exist in Smith, Hayes, Stuyvesant, Welch, Bradford Milligan Halls, and Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
  • To find all library/study facility and service locations, please use the Library Services Map.
  • A soundproof privacy pod is available next to the bookstore in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Study Spaces

Where are peer tutoring services relocating?

The Sagan Academic Resource Center (SARC) has moved to the third floor of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center (Suite 324). Emails, phone numbers, and services will remain the same with the added bonus of additional space to house tutoring services. For additional questions, please reach out to To make an appointment or view walk-in tutoring availability, download the Penji app or visit

Where can students access computers and printers?

  • Hobson Library will retain its small pod of computers and printer/copier. The computers will have the same software as had been available in Beeghly Library.
  • Slocum Reading Room will be equipped with a printer and a few computers to provide these services 24/7.
  • A number of other locations also offer these services, including 24/7 access. Please visit the IS Computer Labs on Campus page for details.

Print, Copy, Scan

What information resources will be available for use and how can we access them?

  • This move will have no impact on our current digital collections and offerings. Links to our digital and streaming resources can be found on our Student Services and Faculty and Staff Services pages.
  • The main circulation desk will be relocated to the Hobson Library space. Hobson Library will become a location for housing new physical acquisitions.
  • Hobson Library's current collection remains available for browsing and checkout. For any other book, journal, or media needs, we will rely on our lending networks. The process for requesting materials will remain the same via CONSORT, OhioLINK, and interlibrary loan. As always, library staff are happy to assist with any issues or questions.
  • Media equipment checkout will continue, with pick up and drop off locations at the IS Help Desk in Corns or the Hobson circulation desk. 
  • Special Collections will remain unavailable until further notice. Library users are encouraged to reach out to Special Collections staff listed below to determine what assistance might be possible while collections are unavailable. 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Will any physical collections from Beeghly be available for use?

Preservation experts have advised us to not disturb items in Beeghly until further assessment can be performed. We will continue to work with experts to determine the best way forward to regain access to the content and resources that support curricular and research needs.

Our first priority will be to assess the unique items in our collections, with a particular focus on Special Collections. Our goal is to relocate a portion of these collections for continued teaching and research use in a location yet to be determined.

How can faculty members get access to materials needed for their courses?


Course Reserves/Personal Reserves and Textbooks 

Items from Beeghly will remain unavailable until further notice. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to library staff to ask about reserve needs and discuss options.

Video and Audio Resources

The library provides access to numerous digital options along with some physical borrowing options via our lending networks. Faculty should reach out to library staff to discuss needs and access options.

Special Collections

Faculty should reach out to Special Collections staff to see what workarounds might be possible during this interim period. Many wonderful collections have been digitized locally, nationally, and internationally that we may be able to draw upon.

Course Reserves
Video resources
Audio resources

Will Teaching and Research services remain available or have any major changes?

Public services staff remain available to assist with teaching and research needs for faculty, staff, and students. The best way to reach out is via email with any questions or needs.

Those requiring Special Collections research or instruction are encouraged to reach out to Special Collections staff using the most relevant email listed below to see what assistance might be possible while collections are unavailable.

Liaison Librarians

Will the Media Center continue to assist the campus?

Media Center Services are now operating out of the Information Services Help Desk office on the ground floor of Corns.

Media Center Services staff can be contacted at the same phone number and email address as before: 740-368-3265 or 

Pick up/drop off of equipment can be made at the IS Help Desk or the Hobson Library circulation desk.

Media Center Services

Is there a public library nearby that the campus can use?

OWU students, faculty, and staff have full access to Delaware County District Library's physical and digital collections with a DCDL library card. The main county branch is within walking distance of campus at 84 E. Winter St.


Electronic Card

Sign up on the DCDL's website to access all of the library's electronic resources. Select the Adult Card option (if you are 18+) and fill in the registration information. Note that your address needs to be a State of Ohio address. You can use your home address if you are from Ohio, or you can use your residence hall address.


Physical Card

To get a physical card to access DCDL's full collection, visit one of the branch libraries with your Ohio Wesleyan ID. The closet location is a block east of the Strand Theatre on East Winter Street, at the corner of East Winter and Henry Streets.

What other spaces are available to reserve for meetings, events, programs, celebrations, etc.?

Members of campus are encouraged to visit the campus reservation website to review a list of room options and submit reservation requests. Spaces are available throughout campus, including Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, Merrick Hall, Slocum Hall, and Smith Hall.

Is there another place on campus similar to Beeghly’s Meditation and Reflection space?

Yes. There are several options on campus to consider. Please visit the Library Services Map to explore details about each of the options listed below.

Will the library still be able to accommodate visitors?

It is not yet clear what visitor services the library might be able to continue or adapt at this time. Visitors should contact the library at or 740-368-3271 prior to making a trip to campus to determine whether library staff will be able to accommodate them.

Is there a timetable to reopen the library?

The library will be closed for the 2023-24 school year. We anticipate it being closed for a significant amount of time. Fortunately, we had already begun thinking about our library of the future to determine how we could best fulfill the library's mission of creating and nurturing a vibrant, contemporary, dynamic information environment that prepares students for lifelong learning and success beyond OWU. More information will be provided regarding the long-term plan for the library later during the academic year.