Library Resources

College Affordability: University Libraries is making a difference

University Libraries has a long history of providing a number of free services and innovations that give students access to the information they need without fees or direct costs. Some examples are:

  • A partnership in OhioLINK, giving students access to more than 70 million resources at no cost.
  • Free access to copies of required textbooks for almost 1000 courses.
  • A collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Library that offers students free access to the CML collection without needing to leave campus. The free support of the Libraries' faculty and staff and research advisors.
  • Status as a major student employer at the university, providing jobs for nearly 400 students.

In addition to these services for students, we also work to support instructors to lower costs for students while supporting excellent pedagogy. Some of the ways we do that are below.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians can help you find materials relevant to your course.

University Libraries has purchased or subscribed to thousands of electronic books, journals, encyclopedias, newspapers, streaming video, and other full-text resources. Librarians can work with instructors to examine potential ebooks available for purchase as well. In addition to these options, many open access ebooks are available. Subject librarians can help you find relevant open access ebooks based on your needs.

Contact your librarian if:

  • You want to explore library purchased/subscribed options for course content.

  • You want to explore options for free/low-cost textbooks.

Copyright and Open Licensing Expertise

The Copyright Resources Center at The Ohio State Universities Libraries supports faculty, staff and students by providing education and guidance on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, learning, and research. The Copyright Resources Center is available to help answer your questions related to using copyright protected materials, understanding usage restrictions for openly licensed works, and clarifying and retaining your rights as an author.

Services include:

  • Workshops
  • Customized presentations
  • Consultations
  • Copyright permission requests assistance
  • Information on how to register a copyright
  • Referral to resources

Do you have copyright questions? Contact the Copyright Resources Center at or (614) 688.5849. Weekly open office hours are held at  the Research Commons. Schedule a consultation online.

Textbooks on Reserve

For spring 2016, University Libraries will have over 4,000 print books on reserve, across all library locations. At this time, over 1,000 university courses have scholastic material on reserve.

General Education Textbook Project

Begun in 2006, the GE Textbook Project purchases and provides copies of required textbooks for select General Education curriculum courses via the Libraries' Course Reserve. Currently the Project is home to over 500 textbooks covering over 200 university courses. Copies of these textbooks and more are available at the Circulation Desk of the Thompson Library and other on-campus libraries depending on the subject.

All others

Beyond the scope of the GE Textbook Project, OSU Libraries provides copies of required textbooks for other select courses on Closed Reserve. Currently, we have textbooks covering more than 750 courses.

Copies of these textbooks are available at the Circulation Desk in Thompson Library and other on-campus libraries depending on the subject. If you believe the library should consider purchasing a specific textbook, please fill out a request with University Libraries.