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 read articles on the New York Times web site through Oberlin’s account?Go to nytimes.com/grouppass from a computer connected directly to the campus network and register using your oberlin.edu email address. Once registered you’ll be able to access nytimes.com from any computer/tablet/device you use. 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.
5. 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.
6. Can I reserve a group study room?Group study rooms in the Main Library and Science Library can be reserved in advance. Reservations must be made using the online form at least one day in advance, and when not reserved they are available on a first-come first-served basis. See group study room descriptions and locations.
7. Can I watch a video in the libraries?There are many options for viewing videos in the libraries that accommodate various video formats and individual or small group viewings. For open film screenings, please understand copyright implications. Details on facilities in each campus library
8. Can my organization do tabling in Mudd or hold an event in Mudd?For tabling requests, please fill out this form. Detailed information about how to make arrangements to have events in Mudd is available.
9. 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.
10. How can I apply for jobs in the libraries?All student jobs in the libraries are posted on the Campus Classifieds. There is also a jobs board near the Circulation Desk in Mudd where most jobs are posted. Link to application form
11. How can I get help with research?Check out our Ask A Librarian page to find out all the ways you can get in touch with librarians in all of our campus libraries -- drop in, call, email or schedule a research appointment.
12. How can I get technology help?The CIT (Center for Information Technology) offers several ways to get technology help. .
13. How can I print single-sided? The printers default to double sided printing.On PCs : In the print dialog box, select “Printer Properties, choose the “Layout” tab, and under Print Type, select 1-sided. On Macs: In the print dialog box, select “Finishing” in the “Copies & Pages” pulldown menu, then uncheck the duplex box. Once you set to single-sided, send your document to the printer.
14. How do I access library resources off campus?From the library home page, click on Off-Campus Users. You will see options for using either VPN (Virtual Private Network) or proxy server authentication. Either way, you will be authenticated as an Obie and shouldn’t be prompted to log in to resources.
15. How do I cite sources correctly?Our Citation Help page lists several online resources that you can use to find out how to cite books, journal articles, web pages and other sources correctly, no matter what citation style you are using. Ask A Librarian if you need additional help with citing sources.
16. How do I find an article? What databases does the library have?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.
17. How do I get my own study carrel, locker, or scholar study?Study carrels: Main, Art, and Science Library carrels may be reserved on a semester-basis by any Oberlin College student. Carrels in the Conservatory Library are not assigned.
Lockers: Available in the Main Library. Lockers on A-Level and 2nd and 3rd floors may be reserved on a semester-basis by any member of the Oberlin College community. Sign up with Bill Ruth, Mudd 118, Administrative Office ($20 refundable key deposit required). 4th floor lockers are for day-use only by visitors to Archives and Special Collections.
Scholar studies: Small offices along the front of Mudd on floors 2-4 may be reserved by honors students for one semester. Scholar studies are limited in number and in high demand.