Library FAQs

Learn all about ODU's library, including its hours of operation, how to use online catalogs, and so much more. Simply click on a question to display the answer. If you don't see your question here, contact the Circulation Desk at  or (614) 251-4752.

Spangler Learning Center

You can view our monthly calendar for the building hours. The Library is open when the building is open.

The following are official ODU Library building policies. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact Circulation Services

To foster a welcoming environment conducive to study and research, the following guidelines have been established concerning appropriate noise levels. Continued excessive noise will be cause for a patron being asked to leave the building.

  • General Noise
    Quiet conversation among patrons, and group study, is acceptable in all areas of the building,
  • Cell Phone Use
    Prior to entering the building, cell phones should be turned off or set to a non-audible ring. Cell phone conversations are only acceptable if they are quiet and non-disruptive to other patrons.

Unsupervised Children
Because Spangler Learning Center staff cannot guarantee the safety of children who are left unattended while parents attend class, and also to ensure an atmosphere conducive to study and research, patrons are discouraged from bringing minors (children under the age of 18) to the Spangler Learning Center.

All publicity to be displayed in Spangler Learning Center should be approved at the Student Activities Office or by the Director, Library Services. Publicity may only be posted on designated bulletin boards. Publicity may NOT be posted on glass, walls or doors.

Publicity found in undesignated areas, or any publicity without approval, will be removed. Individuals or organizations are responsible for removing all publicity within 24 hours after the event.

Study Rooms can be reserved by students, faculty, and staff at the front desk, which is located on the top floor of Spangler Learning Center.

Classrooms in Spangler can be reserved through the Registrar at 251-4650.

If you are an outside group looking to host your event on campus, visit the ODU Event Hosting web page for more information.

Yes, you may bring in food and/or beverages. There are also snack machines on the top and bottom floors of the building. We ask that everyone be courteous of others and clean up after themselves.


Policies & Fees

Borrowing items from the ODU Library depends on the type of item and whether you are a current student, alumni, or faculty/staff.

View Borrowing Policy for Library Items

You may renew your library materials in person at the Circulation Desk or online by logging into My Library Account.

Books and other materials are retrieved from the Book Drop every weekday between 8 and 10 a.m. Items dropped over the weekend will be retrieved Monday morning.

When books/materials are checked in, they are backdated to the previous day. Weekend items will be backdated to Friday.

Items turned in during campus closures are backdated to the last day the Spangler Learning Center was open. 

All library materials, including DVDs, VHS tapes, and CD-ROMs, can be placed in the book drop. 

You can pay any fees for materials from the ODU Library, OhioLINK, or Interlibrary Loan at ODU Library's front desk, located on the top floor of Spangler. We accept fine payments in cash or check. 

Catalogs & Databases

Off campus access to our databases is always available to current ODU students, faculty, and staff.

See Off Campus Access Help for more information.

OhioLINK is a consortium of Ohio college and university libraries, including ODU Library, that shares library resources.

Through the OhioLINK catalog, you can request materials from other member libraries and have them sent to ODU Library for you to pick up.

More about OhioLINK can be found at

The OhioLINK Library Catalog provides information about the materials available from the member libraries.

Find information about using the OhioLINK Library Catalog from our tutorial Research 101: Finding Books, ODU Library's research tutorial.

Depending on the owning library's response time, the item may be received anywhere from 3-10 days from the date of request.

You may check the status of your request by logging in to My Account.

When your item is ready for pickup, you will receive a message in your ODU email account.

If you are off campus, you can check your ODU email account via your ODU Email.

Requested OhioLINK materials will be available for pick up at the front desk, which is located in Spangler Learning Center. You can call ahead at 614-251-4752 or email to verify that they are there. 

You can also have materials sent for pickup at another OhioLINK institution; this must be done at the time you request the item.

For more information, see our OhioLINK Central Catalog Guide.

Course Reserves, Course Research Guides, & Interlibrary Loan

If your instructor has referred you to a Library Course Research Guide, the best place to look is in your course in PantherLearn or on our Course Research Guides page

ODU professors can keep course materials on reserve at the library. 

Search course reserves by course name/number or by professor/instructor. 

More information can be found on our Course Reserves page.

For specific questions and answers regarding Interlibrary Loan,visit the Interlibrary Loan page.

Citing Sources & Tutoring

For general information on citation styles, consult ODU Library's Resources for Research & Writing.

If you would like more assistance, contact The Write Place.


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