Collections at ODU Library

The Ohio Dominican University Library’s primary collection development mission is to identify, select, manage, and preserve all information resources, whether by purchase, gift, or access, which support the teaching, learning, research, and recreational needs of the University community. 

A balanced collection that offers both breadth and depth of subject coverage is the intended result of all collection development efforts.  

ODU Library is committed to cooperative collection development within the OhioLINK consortium, working with other Ohio academic libraries to optimize and balance access and ownership considerations in building both its institutional collection and the OhioLINK collection. The library’s participation in OhioLINK allows us to acquire more resources through collective purchase agreements, which otherwise would be unaffordable or unattainable using our own independent financial resources. 

ODU patrons are encouraged to suggest purchases. Faculty members are invited to submit a Library Materials Request Form or to contact the appropriate library liaison for further assistance. 

 

Library Collections 

The ODU Library collection offers access to many types of media—books, audiovisuals, digital media, electronic resources, maps, microforms, and periodicals to support the curriculum and research needs of the university community. Our diverse and special collections of resources are available both remotely and throughout the Spangler Learning Center. Materials are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Audiovisual Materials 

Curriculum Resources 

Dominican Collection 

Electronic Resources 

Folios (Oversized) 

Juvenile Materials 

Main Stacks 

New Resources 

Periodicals 

Popular Collection 

Reference Collection 

Special Collections 

 

 

Audiovisual Materials 
A circulating collection of DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, VHS tapes, and e-videos, including streaming videos.  Included are documentaries, comedies and feature films, dramas and melodramas, horror and mystery, musicals, and even some blockbuster movies. Oscar Award winning films can be found in this collection also. For a quick list of all available audiovisual materials, see the library’s featured lists 

Curriculum Resources 
Supporting the university’s teacher education program, library patrons can check out an A to Z subject collection of activity books, and student and teacher editions of resource books and textbooks covering early childhood through grade 12. Some stand-alone and supplementary audiovisual materials for PreK through grade 12 are included also. Curriculum resources published within the last ten years are the primary focus of this collection. 

Dominican Collection
The Dominican Collection includes over 700 works by and about St. Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Dominic of Guzman, St. Albert the Great and many Dominican authors, mystics, and saints, ranging from art, history, and biographies to the philosophy, spirituality, and theology of the Dominican charism. Acquiring and preserving works associated with the Dominican heritage is an important endeavor of the library.

Electronic Resources 

  • E-books – online, full-text access to downloadable biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and classic and newly-published works of scholarly, reference, and professional content from industry-leading publishers and university presses.
  • E-Journals – fulltext access to e-journals searchable by journal title from two primary gateways - the ODU Library Catalog and OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center. Includes e-journals from such noteworthy publishers as Academic Press, Berkeley, Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, Ingenta, Kluwer, Oxford University Press, and Sage.
  • Honors Theses – full text access to ODU Honors Theses and to honors and master’s theses and doctoral dissertations from other OhioLINK universities via the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Center database.
  • Research Databases – subscription-based and open access research databases for finding many full text articles from journals, newspapers, and magazines, but also book and product reviews, case studies, editorials, interviews, letters, proceedings, reports, speeches, and working papers. Major online providers of full-text and indexed content include EBSCOhost, OCLC FirstSearch, Gale Cengage, JSTOR, OhioLINK OSearch, and Project Muse.
  • Streamed Videos – online access to streaming videos searchable by title from both the ODU Library Catalog and OhioLINK's Digital Resource Commons (DRC) in art, architecture, history, and science, which can be downloaded or viewed from the DRC website.

 

Folios (Oversized) 
Oversized books with accompanying media in all subject areas are maintained in this collection. All oversized books can be checked out. 

Juvenile Materials 
This collection has picture books, fiction books, and nonfiction books geared for PreK to grade 12 to support the curriculum for Education majors. Included are classic children’s literature books and award-winning titles, such as Caldecott Medal Winners, Coretta Scott King Award Winners, International Reading Association Children’s Book Award Winners, and Newbery Medal Winners. Some videos related to children’s literature are contained in this collection also.  

Main Stacks 
The Main Stacks collection contains circulating books (and any accompanying audiovisual materials) in all Library of Congress subject areas. Award-winning books, representing literary scholarship, biographies, and political and cultural studies, are included, such as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Koret Jewish Book Awards: Biography, Lambda Literary Awards, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: Biography, MLA: Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, MLA: U.S. Latina/Latino & Chicana/Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies, National Book Critics Circle Awards: Biography, and Pulitzer Prizes in Letters: Biography.  

Other notable book collections within the Main Stacks—all of which can be checked out—are Faculty Publications and the Gerard Manley Hopkins collection. 

New Resources
The newest arrivals of purchased and donated books and audiovisuals are displayed in the not-to-be-missed “New Resources Bin” in the library’s foyer area on the top floor in the Spangler Learning Center.  Be sure to check out also the library’s featured lists for titles of newly added materials from the previous month. 

Periodicals 
This collection consists of journals, newspapers, and magazines from scholarly, trade, and popular sources, addressing a diverse range of disciplinary content to support the educational mission of the university. Periodicals are for use within the library only. A complete run of the Catholic periodical, America, is a significant part of the library’s Periodical collection. You can also find online access to many electronic journals via the ODU Library Catalog and OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center. While most of the Periodical Collection can be found along the east wall of the top floor, there are certain portions that are organized separately.  

  • Back Issues - Our oldest issues are stored in our Back Issues Room. Please contact a librarian to access these items.   
  • Microforms - Microforms are reduced images of periodicals that require magnification for use. The two types of microforms are microfilm and microfiche. A microform reader is available in the library on the top floor. Assistance is available at the Circulation Desk. 
  • Reading Room Collection - The Reading Room contains a representative sample of active, current periodical subscriptions across the disciplines. Shelving units display the most current volumes of popular, scholarly, and trade journals for easy browsing of news and research.

Popular Collection 
A collection of popular fiction and nonfiction books from bestseller lists. This frequently rotating collection usually includes mysteries, romances, novels, and biographies as well as books on health and financial issues. Browse the current popular collection in our online library catalog here 

Reference Collection 
This collection of in-house use only materials includes factual, background, statistical, historical and contemporary information from general and subject-specific resources. Common reference sources include almanacs, atlases, bibliographies, biographical resources, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, government publications, handbooks, indexes, maps, and religious texts (including commentaries and concordances). Four special areas of the reference collection are reserved for atlases, career, college information, and current topics issues information.   

Special Collections
There are three major collections in our Special Collections Stacks -- Anne O’Hare McCormick Collection, Catholic Diocese of Columbus Newspaper Collection, and the Mary Teeter Zimmerman Collection. Other special or rare book items include religious texts, Central Ohio published books or books on the subject of Columbus, Ohio, and books on arts, literature, science, and history. 

 

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