1. Can I borrow a laptop or an iPad from the library?

The Main Library has laptops and iPads available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops are also available for loan from the Art, Conservatory and Science libraries.
More info on loan periods.

2. Can I borrow headphones or other audio/visual equipment?

Yes! Audio Visual Services (located on the 4th floor of the Main Library) has lots of equipment available, such as digital cameras, sound systems and more.  Headphones are also available to check out at the Science and Conservatory Libraries.

3. Can I browse the DVDs?

For security reasons videos in the Main Library are kept at the Circulation Desk. Each library branch has DVDs, and they may be in a browsable area. You can use OBIS to search only videos by language or keyword. Ask at the Research Desk if you'd like help searching for films.

4. Can I request that the library purchase an item?

Sure! We are happy to receive purchase suggestions, and will do our best to acquire them. Students, staff and others may use this form; Oberlin faculty should use this form or contact the liaison librarian for your department.

5. Does the library have textbooks for my class?

The library might have the current text-book in the stacks or on reserve for your class; search OBIS.  The Science Library tries to purchase one copy of the required text-book(s) for every science class that is required of majors, but it is considered a convenient reference copy and should not be depended upon for regular assigned reading. Required text-books owned by the science library cannot be taken out for overnight use. It may sometimes be possible to borrow textbooks through OhioLINK.

6. How do I get something the library doesn’t have?

You can borrow books and other physical materials through OhioLINK (statewide consortium of 90+ academic libraries) or SearchOhio (consortium of Ohio public libraries). If the item you want is not available in OhioLINK or if you need an article from a journal (OhioLINK libraries do not lend periodicals), use the interlibrary loan service, to make a request.

7. How long can I check something out for?

It depends on your affiliation with Oberlin, what type of material you are borrowing, and which library or borrowing service (i.e. OhioLINK, ILL) you are using. See: student borrowing, faculty/staff borrowing, visitors borrowing.

8. What is course reserve and how does it work?

Course reserve items are required or recommended readings or films for a class. Look up reserve items in OBIS and ask for them by call number at the circulation desk of the campus library where the materials are located. Reserve materials have short loan periods to insure that all students have access. Electronic reserves are available on Blackboard course sites.
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