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Terrell Main Library

8am - 5pm

Circulation Desk

8am - 5pm

Research Help Desk

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Research Help Chat

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Libraries Administrative Office

8:30am - 5pm

Azariah's Cafe

8am - 2pm

CIT Help Desk

8am - 4:30pm



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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Policies unique to the Clarence Ward Art Library.  For general Oberlin College Libraries and Terrell policies see Policies and Guidelines.

Books on a shelf in the closed reserves of the art library.
Art library instruction area, complete with tables and chairs.
Art library visitor sign-in book open on a table with signs inviting visitors to sign in.
Three students experimenting with mail art stamps on pieces of paper at a table.
Students sitting at a table covered with mail art and manila folders, exploring mail art.

Art Library Instruction Space

Available for group instruction, lectures, or presentations; reservations required. When not reserved, used for quiet-study. May not be reserved for group study, for recurring events, or by anyone not affiliated with Oberlin College.


The Art Library may reserve for student/faculty instruction at any time.

Others may reserve up to 14 days in advance:

  • First priority given to requests from the Art Dept. or the Allen Memorial Art Museum
  • Second priority given to groups of six or more that need to use available equipment 

To request a reservation, email with the date/times requested, event description, and expected attendance. 


The Oberlin College Libraries staff is committed to assisting all library users in finding information, developing strategies for effective research, and learning how to use the library and its resources. Library staff will attempt to accommodate the needs of users with disabilities. Requests for assistance are confidential.

A member of the Main Library Reference & Instruction Department is a liaison to Disability Resources in the Center for Student Success. Contact the Reference & Instruction Department at, or call 440-775-5031 with questions or requests assistance in any of the libraries.

Clarence Ward Art Library Accessibility Services are listed below. For a complete list of services offered by the Oberlin College Libraries see the Mary Church Terrell Main Library's Accessibility page.

Art Library elevator access

The Art Library is not fully accessible without special assistance. Patrons needing elevator access to the Art Library may call Art Library staff at (440) 775-8635 for assistance. A telephone is located beside the elevator on the main floor of the Venturi Art Building.

Item Retrieval

Users unable to retrieve their own materials from the stacks are encouraged to ask for assistance from library staff. They may also use the “Request Item” feature in OBIS; the books will be retrieved and available on the Art Library Hold Shelf (behind the Circulation Desk).

Reserve materials

Readers from the Center for Student Success may arrange for extended loan periods for reserve materials.

Non-circulating materials

Special support for using our “Library Use Only” materials is handled by permanent staff on a case by case basis. Please contact us as soon as a need becomes apparent. 

Returning materials

If you are unable to return reserve or recalled materials, please make other arrangements (e.g. ask a friend or your RA to return the materials). If this is not possible, please contact us as soon as possible.

Research appointment or One-on-one orientations

Schedule an individual research appointment for research assistance, or for an orientation to the Library and its resources.

Food and Drink

No food is allowed in the library, and drinks are only allowed in containers with lids. Note that the policy reads "no food" rather than "no eating" - we really don't want any food at all in the library. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Reasons behind the policy:

  • To create an environment of mutual respect and to promote learning.
  • To preserve our library collections and protect our facility from pests and harmful molds.
  • To help to ensure the health and safety of all library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment.
  • To promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging.
  • To respect our hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for our personal behavior.
  • To continue to direct library funds to purchasing library resources that support the curriculum, rather than to replacing materials, furnishings, and equipment damaged by food and drink.