Reference Services

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Reference librarians are available to help you connect with quality resources and make the research you need to do more effective!

ODU reference librarians strive to empower patrons to conduct their own research and train and assist them in using the library and its resources successfully.

In-Person:  Library Reference Desk in Spangler (stop by or schedule a one-on-one consultation)
By Phone:  (614) 251-4754; toll-free (888) 681-8044
By Email: (response within one business day)
Self-directed Help:  Library FAQResearch Guides by Subject, and Research Help: Tips and Tutorials  

Regular Reference Service Hours

ODU Library reference service hours (hours subject to change):

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. - 4 pm.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (11 a.m. - 2 p.m. during the summer)

About ODU Library Reference Services

We are here to help you find information, identify effective search terms, start your research, use tools and resources, and evaluate information. Have a question? Ask a librarian.

For more details, view our Reference Services Mission and Policy

Faculty and Staff

Additional services are available for faculty and staff. Contact a librarian for further information.

Reference Librarians: Who We Are 

Christina Bonner
Christina Bonner
Reference and Instruction Services Coordinator
Education: B.A., German and Russian; M.A. & Ph.D., Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati; M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science, Kent State University 
Office: (614) 251-4585 |
Matthew Heller
Matthew Heller
Reference Librarian (part-time)
Education: B.A. Microbiology, Ohio State University; M.L.I.S. Library & Information Science, Kent State University 
Office: (614) 251-4585 |
Michelle Sarff
Michelle Sarff
Head Librarian
B.A., English with Minor in Business, Xavier University; M.L.S., Information & Library Science, Indiana University
Office: (614) 251-4758 |
Shaunda Tichgelaar
Shaunda Tichgelaar
Collection and Interlibrary Loan Services Coordinator
Education: B.A. and M.A. English, Arkansas State University; M.L.I.S., Kent State University
Office: (614) 251-4755 |