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Terrell Main Library

8am - 4pm

Circulation Desk

8am - 4pm

Online Help Daytime

10am - 12pm. 1pm - 4pm

Terrell Library Scholar Studies and A-Level


Libraries Administrative Office

By Appointment

Azariah's Cafe

8am - 4pm

Audiovisual Department

8:30am - 12pm. 1pm - 4:30pm

CIT Help Desk

8am - 4pm

Quantitative Skills Center


Writing Center (in person appointments)




Mary Church Terrell Main Library
148 W College St. Oberlin, OH 44074-1545


The main visitor lot is the east Service Building lot, and the south row of the Carnegie Building lot for visitors to offices within that building.

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Here are the questions we hear most often from our users. If you don't find answers to your questions here, please contact us.


How do I get materials from the libraries?

Visit Terrell, Art, and Science in person to browse the stacks, or use the REQUEST ITEM button in OBIS to borrow material from all four branches. Conservatory Library materials are delivered to Terrell weekly on Tuesdays due to limited access to the Conservatory Library during construction. The Terrell stacks are in the middle of a shifting project and signage may lag behind reality; staff can assist if you have trouble finding items.

Students, faculty, and staff may use the Interlibrary Loan form to request scans from books or journals. Faculty wanting films for course reserve should complete the reserves form.

Can I visit the libraries?

As of June 2, Oberlin students, faculty, staff, and community members and visitors following campus covid-19 guidelines are welcome to visit the libraries during open hours.

In Terrell Main Library, Mudd Center, you are welcome to pick up and drop off materials (see library hours), pick up printing, grab food at Azariah’s, or to visit the ID card office. Limited study spaces are available for both reserved and drop in use. The upper floors are open for browsing, but a shifting project may make it hard to find material. Ask staff for assistance if you can't find an item.

In the Art Library (Top floor, Venturi Building), all pre-COVID services have been restored. You are welcome to pick up, drop off or browse library materials, use equipment, the Mac Lab, reserve carrels, etc.

In the Science Library (Science Center), you are welcome to pick up, drop off or browse library materials, use equipment and the Mac Lab, and reserve carrels and group study rooms.

The Conservatory Library is closed physically for construction this summer, but staff are available for virtual reference and instruction. Music scores and books selected from OBIS may be picked up weekdays in the Conservatory Lounge, Circ@Central.

Can I use Special Collections?

Yes. There will be limited access to Terrell Special Collections, by appointment only, through the summer semester. Contact Us to start the consultation process.

There will be limited access to the Conservatory Special Collections, by appointment only, through the summer semester. Contact Us to start the consultation process.

The Art Library offers full access to materials Monday-Friday through the summer semester. Contact Us to start the consultation process.

Can I screen films in Terrell?

We recommend reserving group study room 403, which seats 14 and has an LCD screen that takes HDMI input, for this purpose. External DVD drives and laptops can be checked out at the circulation desk. A full list of bookable group study rooms that allows you to filter by the availability of screens and other equipment is available on the website. The traditional film screening and classroom spaces in Terrell are currently unavailable due to the renovation.

How do I put something on reserve for my courses in summer 2021?

Terrell Main Library: Print reserves with a standard loan period of 3 hours. Submit reserve lists and get additional information here, or contact Michael Palazzolo ( with questions.

Art Library: Circulating print reserves may be borrowed for 3 hours, or overnight. Email reserve lists to

Conservatory Library: Library staff currently have limited access to the Conservatory building due to summer renovations. Reserve requests from the Conservatory Library collection may therefore be seriously delayed. Please reach out directly to Gregory Solow ( with questions or requests.

Science Library: Print reserves with a standard loan period of 3 hours, or overnight. Email reserve lists to

Can I use Archives?

Yes. There will be limited access to materials, by appointment only. Contact the College Archives to start the consultation process. Regular open hours for the Oberlin community and visitors resume on June 2.

Can I use microfilm or microfiche?

Yes. The reader is located on the main level near in near the scanners and restrooms between study rooms 108A and 101C. There is no need to reserve access.

Can I have a scholar study or study carrel in Terrell?

A limited number of scholar studies are available for short term booking, reserve a room here. Honors students can contact Bill Ruth ( to request long term reservations. Study carrel reservations are not yet available.

Can I borrow a laptop?

Short term loans for students:

  • Terrell Main Library: 8 Chromebooks
  • Science Library: 6 Macbook Air laptops
  • Art Library: 5 laptops

Long term loans for students: contact Monique Burgdorf in the Center for Student Success or request a long term laptop loan online.

Faculty should contact the CIT at

Can I print in the libraries?

Yes! You can use the PaperCut Web Print system to submit print jobs from your computer.

In the Terrell Main Library: choose either Commons-Bizhub or Commons-Color

In the Art Library choose from ArtLibrary-BW1, ArtLibrary-BW2, or ArtLibraryBW3 for black & white or ArtLibrary-CP1 or ArtLibraryCP2 for color

In the Science Library - choose SciLibCopyRoom or SciLibMacLab

For questions about the PaperCut system contact

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Can I borrow Audiovisual/AV equipment?

The AV Department is open to students, faculty, and staff in their regular fourth floor location.

Is the Writing Center / Speaking Center / Quantitative Skills Center open?

The Writing Center and Quantative Skills Center will be open for drop-in services beginning June 7.

The Speaking Center is closed for the summer, but you can bring speaking questions to the Writing Center.

Can I borrow an external disc drive?

There are three external dvd drives available at the Terrell Main Library for short terms loans to faculty and students. Additional drives with longer loans are available to faculty needing show films in class.

Do you offer contact-free pickup of library items?

No. Regular pickup from the circulation desks at the Terrell Main, Art, and Science libraries has resumed.

Can I borrow DVDs?

Yes, videos on DVD and Blu-Ray discs will circulate for one week.

How do I get materials that we do not own/have access to?

OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and Interlibrary Loan services are up and running, with some delays. If a library is not open, their materials are not requestable via OhioLINK or SearchOHIO.

For some Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests it is taking longer to find a library that is open and able to supply material.

Can I recall something in OBIS?

Recalls are not available in all branches at this time. Try OhioLINK or SearchOHIO or use the Interlibrary Loan service. Email to request recall of Art Library material and to request recalls of Science Library material.

Are there fines for overdue materials?

No, we are not collecting fines at this time.

What should I do with material I have checked out?

Please DO return material you no longer need. You may return material from all libraries to the Terrell Main Library.

When Terrell is open, return materials at the circulation desk.

When Terrell is closed, use the book drop at the top of the ramp into Mudd Center. If the book drop is full, please return materials to the Campus Safety Office in Dascomb hall, facing Mudd Center.

The Science Library book drop is in the breezeway on the east wall of the science center.

The Art Library book drop is at the top of the stairs next to the entrance to the Art Library.

While the Conservatory building is closed due to renovations, please return any Conservatory Library items to Terrell.

Are publishers still offering free access to content?

“Covid specials” have expired. See the guide Support for Remote Teaching and Learning for quick access to our largest online content providers.

Libraries-specific Zoom backgrounds

Yes. You can download one or more of our Libraries Zoom backgrounds through our Library Zoom background images folder on

Contacting library staff

Library staff are back on campus, but due to renovations in Terrell Main and Conservatory Libraries, we may not be in our normal offices. The best way to reach us is via email or via chat at the Ask a Librarian page. You may also schedule a virtual research appointment with us. If you don’t see a time on the calendar that fits your schedule, contact us directly via email.

Check out our hours. The schedule will be updated regularly.


Managing a large research project

Talk to a librarian to get advice on managing research projects and using citation management tools. Citation management tools help researchers gather, manage, store and share information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies in a wide variety of styles; the library provides access to RefWorks.

Terrell Main Library

The Mary Church Terrell Main Library, located in the Seeley G. Mudd Center, is the central library facility for Oberlin College and the primary location for materials in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, computer science, and general interest works. It is also home to the Robert S. Lemle ’75 and Roni Kohen-Lemle ’76 Academic Commons (main level), which provides research, information, technology, and learning assistance to Oberlin students and facilitates academic community on campus.

Libraries administration and most technical services staff are located in the Terrell Main Library.

Finding articles and databases

Try searching Summon, which provides access to the resources in many of our databases. To choose subject-specific databases click the Databases tab in the search box on the Library web page to view the hundreds of library databases alphabetically or by subject. For help deciding on the right search tools, consult a librarian.

Scheduling a research appointment

Research appointments are one-on-one consultations with a librarian that will help you become a better researcher. We can work with you to map out a research strategy, search databases effectively and find and evaluate sources. Use the Appointment Request form to schedule appointments with a librarian in any campus library.


RefWorks is a citation management tool that helps you gather, manage, store and share information, generate citations and bibliographies in a wide variety of styles. See the online tutorial for more information or Ask a Libraran.

Conservatory Library

The Conservatory Library is located on the first floor of the central building of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Science Library

The Science Library is located on the first floor of the north wing of the Oberlin College Science Center.


The library staff is committed to assisting all library users in finding information, developing strategies for conducting effective library research, and learning how to use the library and its resources. Library staff will attempt to accommodate the needs of users who identify as having a disability. Requests for assistance are confidential. Review our accessibility policies here, and contact with questions or concerns.

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

For access to licensed resources while off campus, use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or authenticate with the proxy server using the barcode number on the back of your OCID. More information about connecting from off campus is available on the libraries web site.

Citation Help

See the Citation Guide for assistance with questions about citation formats and styles (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, RefWorks, etc.).


Summon searches across the full spectrum of library content from a single search box. It draws from OBIS, many of our research databases, the full text of ebooks and journals, as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives on the web.


The Oberlin College Archives is responsible for a vast and varied collection of rare, original, and reproduced materials in printed, electronic, and digitized formats. It holds the permanently valuable records of the institution as well as those of individuals, families, and organizations affiliated with the college, the Conservatory of Music, and the city of Oberlin.

Peer Review

Peer-review is a publication process where research articles written by experts in academic or professional fields are submitted to reviewers who are also experts in the field.

To locate peer-reviewed articles, Summon and most library databases will provide a peer-review limiter that limits results to journals that publish research articles with a peer-review process. Letters, commentaries, news reports, obituaries, book reviews are generally not peer-reviewed, even if the journal uses a peer-review process for research articles.

In rare cases, databases may have an error about a journal's peer-reviewed status. To be absolutely sure if a journal uses a peer review process, use Ulrichsweb.

New York Times

To access The New York Times on the college subscription go to while on campus and register using your email address. Once registered you can access from any device. N.B. Although the page says “24 Hours of access,” access is for a full year. You’ll need to re-register yearly, as long as you’re a student, faculty, or staff member at Oberlin College.


OBIS is the catalog of all of the Oberlin College Libraries (Terrell Main Library, Art, Conservatory, Science, and storage). It has detailed information about our holdings of books, DVDs, scores, recordings, electronic resources, and more.

Find article full-text

Many databases offered on the library's website include the full text of articles. Click on the pdf or html icon to download the article.

If full text is not available in your current database, click the 360 Link icon from the library's databases to see if there is access from another source. In Google Scholar, look for Find Full Text @ Oberlin. Access at publisher's websites is generally limited to subscribers.

If you see a white screen with your citation listed on the right and a link saying, "Click this link to open the selected resource in a new window," on the left, click that link to open your full-text.

Full-text is not always accessible for immediate download. The 360 Link may lead to an intermediary page that offers access through Interlibrary loan.

Technology Help

To get technology help, search the CIT Knowledgebase, or open a ticket.

Getting started with research

We recommend:

  • Summon -- searches most of what you would have access to through the library, including books and articles in all disciplines
  • Subject Guides -- created by our librarians and list the best resources and top databases in a subject area
  • Consult a librarian -- plan a research strategy


The Library does not have copies of all books required for classes. Check OBIS to see what books we own, and the OhioLINK catalog to see what is available elsewhere in the state. Note: all library books are subject to recall and may not be available for an entire semester. The Science Library has a collection of textbooks on reserve.

Problems with website

The Oberlin College Libraries website launched in the fall of 2020 and we are still making changes. You can report errors or problems with the site via our Website Feedback Form. For question about our materials or for reserach assistance, please use our Ask a Librarian service.