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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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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 facilities and resources. The libraries strive to make our resources universally available, and when needed, library staff will attempt to accommodate the needs of users who identify as having a disability. Requests for assistance are confidential.

Elizabeth Sullivan is the library staff liaison to Disability and Access. Contact her at, or 440-775-5072 with questions, feedback, or requests for the library to provide assistance or remediation.

Services Offered

Research Appointments

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

Test Taking Spaces

For faculty who need a space for students to take exams, you can reserve a study room (rooms in the Science Library and on Terrell Main Library's upper floors are typically quieter) or contact

E-Text or Audio File Availability

The library website is designed to meet the WCAG 2.1 standard for web accessibility. Many external library platforms provide electronic content in PDF or html format that is compatible with external text-to-speech and screen reading software such as Kurzweil, the Kurzweil Read the Web plugin, and VoiceOver. If you require assistance with an inaccessible PDF or require other remediation of content from a library platform, contact Elizabeth Sullivan, or 

Some library databases and online reference sources now make audio versions of their text files available: Factiva, Gale Virtual Reference Library, selected content in EBSCOHost.

ProQuest eBook Central provides an accessibility mode that can be activated on an individual eBook Central account from the account settings. 

The Naxos Spoken Word Library includes audiobooks. These are not currently discoverable using OBIS; you must search directly in the Naxos platform or in Summon (using the "Spoken Word" content type facet) to access these titles.

Oberlin students who are blind or print disabled can request accessible copies of any copyrighted book in HathiTrust by contacting Julie Stark in the Office of Disability and Access (

Reference staff can also assist in seeking access to e-books or other electronic texts.  Library users are encouraged to suggest a purchase if an electronic version of a text is preferred. Julie  Stark from the Office of Disability and Access ( authorizes scanning of print texts for accessibility purposes. Contact Office of Disability and Access with citations for any print books for which you need an accessible copy.

Item Retrieval

Anyone is free to use the Request function in OBIS to arrange for books to be delivered to the Terrell Main Library Circulation Desk. You may also ask for assistance from the circulation staff.

Circulation of Materials

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

Patrons unable to come into the libraries to return reserve or recalled materials may return material to the Terrell Main Library book drop or contact the relevant circulation department. 

Requests to check out "library use only" materials

The library staff will consider requests to circulate on a short-term basis materials normally restricted to "library use only," inquire at circulation. 

Equipment and Facility Use

In the case of a breakdown of the only public elevator in the Main Library going to the A-Level, circulation staff will arrange to use one of the keyed elevators to assist users in reaching the A-Level.

Building access

Most indoor public areas of the Mudd Center are accessible for wheelchair users. Access to the sundeck on the fourth floor requires using a short stair. 
Elevators are available to access all library floors, from Main to the 4th floor, including Special Collections and Archives. OCID holders who can navigate push (Library -> A Level) or pull (A Level -> Library) doors may use the yellow elevator near the main entrance from Wilder Bowl to move between all 5 floors. All others (those without OCID or OCID holders who cannot navigate doors) must exit the building through the main entrance, use the ramp to the south, and re-enter the building to move between the Library and A Level, or contact the circulation desk (440-775-5016) for assistance in accessing an elevator.

All public areas of the Science Library are accessible for wheelchair users. 

All public areas of the Conservatory Library are accessible for wheelchair users. 

The Art Library is located on the second floor of the Venturi Art Building, and the public entrance requires using a flight of stairs. Patrons needing elevator access to the Art Library may call the Art Library staff at (440) 775-8635 for assistance.