July 10, 2020

New Library Display in a New Place

You probably already know about the display cases that are in front of the Library building, but the Library recently added to a Display Case over in Upper Convo to its display possibilities. We are going to use the case to continue interesting displays and the first one is focusing on our favorite interesting thing: the Library!

The first display I have put in Upper Convo is “Library Snapshot” which is designed to give a glimpse into the history and impact of the Library through ‘snapshots’ of information. 


The display includes some little-known facts about the Library accompanied by some historic photographs pulled from the AU Archives. For history buffs or anyone who loves books as much as me, you can also see the old library card stamp cards in some of the displayed books with one even showing its accompanied card from the card catalog as well as some of the yearbooks from the late 1970s. Since opening in 1972, the Library here at Ashland University has undergone many changes, but always remains central to the community and student life. 

I am currently working on future displays to be installed in Upper Convo and the Library cases that will showcase the Special Collections held by Ashland University Library.  If you have ideas about future displays or want to learn more about this display, please feel free to contact me, Jessica Byers, AU Library Curator and Reference Librarian, at jbyers7@ashland.edu.

June 30, 2020

Library Spotlight: Active Learning Lab

Ashland University Library’s faculty and staff are excited to announce that construction work has begun on a new active learning lab/classroom!

AU Library Active Learning Lab:  June 26, 2020

The Bernice Fauber Baker Active Learning Laboratory will have its home on the main floor of the library, with a design and technological features representing an innovative departure from the long rows of desks and desktop computers of the previous library classroom.

AU Library Active Learning Lab:  June 30, 2020

The construction project is funded by a donation from the Bernice Fauber Baker Library Endowment, with a matching gift from the Bob and Jan Archer Challenge Grant. The active learning equipment and furnishings are supported by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio. 

- Scott Savage, AU Library Director

June 23, 2020

EBSCO Resources Service Interruption [Resolved]

*This issue is resolved, please email library@ashland.edu if you experience further issues*
Resources from EBSCO, including OneSearch, ebooks, and all EBSCO databases, are experiencing service interruptions or outages at this time. There is no estimated time of resolution. This post will be updated once all issues are resolved.  If you have questions regarding access to resources, please email library@ashland.edu

June 15, 2020

OneSearch Updates

OneSearch: What's New

We recently updated OneSearch, AU Library's comprehensive discovery search tool, to enhance initial search results and simplify off-campus use. Here's an overview of what you can expect.

  • Off-campus Search:  To provide a more seamless search experience, when working off-campus you will be immediately directed to the authentication login screen after clicking search. Enter your AU username and password, the same information used to access Blackboard and your AU email, to continue your research.
  • Preset Search Limiters: AU Library Collections and Full Text Online are preset at the start of each search to help immediately focus your research results.
  • Using Search Limiters: Instead of using the preset limiters, choose to use any or all of the search limiters to support your initial research purpose. Click to remove or add AU Library Collections, Full Text Online, Peer Reviewed Only, or AU Library Catalog.

Library resource links to the library catalog, A to Z database listings, journal finder, Library guides, and OhioLINK remain available for use directly below the search box.

Need help with OneSearch? Ask a Librarian, AU Library's chat service, is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

May 11, 2020

Summer Reference Hours

The AU Library will begin Summer Reference Hours beginning May 12th.

Interlibrary Loan Update

Interlibrary loan article activity has resumed. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the library at this time will only be processing article requests. If you need a specific chapter from a book, please place your request as an article with specific page ranges. If you have any questions, please contact: 
Sarah Thomas

May 8, 2020

UPDATE: Temporary Closure of Government Document Access

Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to provide access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection, from 03/13-08/30/2020. Access to online Government information is available through the library catalog, AU Gov Doc LibGuide, and the reference desk (419.289.5402). We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide full access again as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may contact the State Library of Ohio (1.800.686.1532) for help with Government information. Contact information for nearby libraries can be found in the Federal Depository Library Directory (https://catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/).

May 5, 2020

Information Regarding the Return of Library Material

With the end of the semester, some of you may have library material still on your account. When the library closed in March, we set all material out at the time to be due at the end of the Spring semester. As the semester ends, the library is still closed to the public; however, there are several options available to return material.

  • The book drop on the west side of the library near the loading dock doors.
  • Mail material to campus at the address below.Library books can be mailed at library rate through the USPS.
  • Email au-libcirc@ashland.edu, and we will work with you to return material at your convenience.

Items from either the AU Library or the AU Seminary library can be returned at either location; for questions regarding Seminary library material, please email Daniel O'Brien at dobrien1@ashland.edu. Once your material has been returned, it may take several days to see it removed from your library account. Fines have been waived for all overdue materials until further notice. Thank you for working with us to ensure the return of these items.

If mailing material, please use the following address:

Ashland University Library
Attn: Judi Humphrey
509 College Avenue
 Ashland, OH 44805