Using the Library
Here are answers to common questions related to accessing Prior Hall and Library Resources during the COVID-19 limited library access. These FAQs will be updated as COVID health precaution guidelines are updated per CDC and other guidelines.
A: Access to the library is currently limited, and is via pre-approved Medical Center or BuckID badge access only. Each person entering the library must swipe his/her/their own ID; do not ask others to let you in. More information about limited access is on our reopening page.
A: All those who have access should have been notified by their respective colleges. Questions about accessing Prior Hall should be sent to email@example.com.
A: Yes. Please see our Circulation FAQ for more information.
A: Please call 614-292-4861 (number is posted on the front door) when you arrive to pick up your materials, and a librarian will coordinate a contact-free pickup. Have your BuckID or Medical Center badge ready. Please remain outside during this transaction — library staff will check out your materials and bring them out to you.
A: Access to Prior Hall, including the study rooms, is currently limited to pre-approved BuckID or Medical Center badge access at the front door only. The study room reservation system doesn't know if you have building access, so we recommend confirming your access to the building prior to reserving a study room. Send access questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. An immediate response is not guaranteed, so please plan accordingly.
A: For access to non-library spaces contact the respective department:
460B Computer Lab: Contact the testing coordinator or instructor
Events and Video Production: 614-688-9000
Office of Global Health: 614-247-8968
Clinical Skills: 614-247-6415
Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery: 1-800-293-5123
College of Medicine Human Resources Offices: 614-685-4580
Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery (academic offices): 614-293-8536
Emergency Medicine (academic offices): 614-293-8305
Orthopaedics (academic offices): 614-366-8140
A: You can access electronic versions on this page. For print versions, For print versions, please call 614-292-4861 (number is posted on the front door) when you arrive to pick up your materials, and a librarian will coordinate a contact-free pickup. Have your BuckID or Medical Center badge ready. Please remain outside during this transaction — library staff will check out your materials and bring them out to you.
A: If you don't have access to the library, please check this site for other campus public computer options. UniPrint also has additional printing options available. For those with access to the library, our public computer and printing stations on the 1st and 4th floors are available for use. A BuckID is required for printing.
A: For health and safety considerations, please observe our contact-less return process and return your materials in the library book drop, located on the outside of the building. We are unable to provide check-in receipts at this time. You can confirm due dates and/or renew your Ohio State University Libraries, OhioLINK and SearchOhio items by logging in to My Library Account. Please see our Circulation FAQ for more information.
A: Your returned book may be in quarantine. Returned materials will be quarantined for five days before being checked in. Items are backdated when checked in after the quarantine period. If you believe the overdue notice is in error, you can confirm due dates for your Ohio State University Libraries, OhioLINK and Search Ohio items by logging in to My Library Account. Please see our Circulation FAQ for more information.
A: As of late 2019, there are no longer public access book stacks in Prior Hall. Items are available for request through the Library Catalog for delivery to any campus library or office location. Items from remote storage locations may take 1 – 2 business days or longer for delivery. Journal articles and book chapters can also be scanned and delivered electronically by request through Interlibrary Services. Please see Print Resources for more information.
A: Library visitors can take food to the hospital cafeteria seating area to eat. There are also other dining options near Prior Hall. Covered drinks are allowed in the library.