Individual and shared research rooms are available for a 90-day loan period to all faculty and to doctoral students who are within six months of taking their qualifying exam or if they have completed it.
Faculty can call, email, or request a room at the Circulation Desk, with no letter or authorization needed.
Doctoral students need to provide a letter on OSU letterhead (example) from their department advisor confirming their scheduled exam or completion to qualify for a research room. Bring the letter to the Circulation Desk or email it.
Once you have received an email that a research room is available, the key card may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Each 90-day research room is equipped with a table, chair, shelves and a cork board. Wireless access is available in all rooms.
Rooms must be used at least 8 times per 30 day period or the user will forfeit rights to the room. Usage will be checked twice per month.
The library is not responsible for personal belongings left in a research room.
For safety, electrical appliances are not allowed in the room.
Please check out all library materials that will be kept in the room. Do not leave public use equipment such as white boards in the room overnight.
Keep doors clear of any covering or obstruction, including white boards. Please don’t put anything on the wall that creates a hole or leaves residue. Damage charges will apply if necessary.
To ensure compliance with these policies, rooms will be inspected regularly. If violations are severe, you may be asked to give up the room.
Rooms are in high demand, so renewal is based on availability.
For Shared Research Rooms: be courteous of noise and space. Noise-cancelling headphones are available at the Circulation Desk for check out.