Weather and Emergency Closing Policy

Although Ohio State strives to remain open to ensure continuity of services to students and the public, extreme conditions can warrant the usage of the university’s Weather or Other Short-Term Closing Policy. If classes are cancelled but university business offices remain open, the Health Sciences Library will be open.  If university offices are closed, the Health Sciences Library will also be closed.

If the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office issues a Level 2 Snow Emergency, a determination will be made by library leadership if the Library will be closed, open late or close early based on predicted weather and road conditions. The Library will be closed if a Level 3 Snow Emergency is declared.

Plan ahead for winter weather

In the winter, weather issues can close roads and make traveling difficult. Plan accordingly when severe weather occurs and be prepared to give yourself enough time to get to class or work safely. The 130 miles of campus sidewalk and 40 miles of campus roads take nearly six hours to clear one time and our facilities crew will do its best to keep pathways clear. CampusParc will treat parking lots and garages, with garage rooftops remaining open, when possible.

Please remember to take precautions while traveling in winter weather:

  • Plan and allow extra time.
  • Check scheduled activities in advance to make sure there are no changes or cancellations.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather (boots, hat, gloves).
  • While walking, take it slow to avoid slipping.
  • While driving, allow additional distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Know your route and pay special attention to changing and/or declining weather conditions.
  • Bridges and garage rooftops freeze more quickly and remain cold longer than pavement at ground level. Exercise caution when driving and walking throughout all levels of the garages.

More information is available on the Transportation and Travel Management website.

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Health Sciences Library
(614) 292-4861