Distance Learners' Guide to ODU Library

Welcome to ODU Library’s web page for ODU distance cohorts! In accordance with the ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services, we are committed to provide our distance learners with services and resources equivalent to what is offered to students and faculty on ODU’s main Sunbury Road campus. 

ODU Library at a Glance

Mission:  We, the staff of Ohio Dominican University Library, promote Information Literacy and inspire lifelong learning by providing personalized service and access to resources while addressing the research needs of the university community.  (more...) (meet the staff)
Location:  Spangler Learning Center, on ODU Main Campus - 1216 Sunbury Rd. Columbus, OH 43219 (Campus MapLibrary Tour;  Parking Info) 
Library Hrs.:  Current hours are listed on the library homepage; also available monthly. Or call (614) 251-4572.

Services available through ODU Library

Click on the links to go directly to the services online. To gain access to most of ODU Library's electronic resources, use your last name and the last 7 digitis of your ODU student ID number.

Circulation Services  Reference Services  Research Help  
Check out, renew items, pay fines; get help with reserves; learn about printers, copiers. Get help finding and using resources, research, finding citation help, and finding information. Ask a Librarian...   Find online guides and tutorials to library resources, citing, plagiarism, KnowHow research tutorial, and off-campus access info.

Distance learners, or eLearners, within Franklin county are entitled to the same library services as our on-campus students; distance learners outside of Franklin county are eligible for additional services for obtaining articles and books.

Resources available through ODU Library

Click on the library tools to start searching!

ODU Library Catalog  OhioLINK Library Catalog  Additional Online Books  Research Databases 
For books, ebooks, journals, magazines, videos, and more For books, videos, and more from library collections statewide Additional ebooks available to ODU faculty, staff, and students For articles, reviews, and discipline-specific research

Periodicals  ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)  Quick Reference  Internet Search Tools   

Journals, magazines, & newspapers available through ODU Library

For distance learners in and outside of Ohio.   Online reference resources. Tools to assist in finding and evaluating information online

Obtaining the Articles & Books You Need

How do I find ARTICLES for my research?

Use the ODU Library databases for your research. From Articles & Databases, choose your discipline for the best databases available for your research. For online access off main campus to ODU Library databases and ebooks, make sure you use your last name and the last 7 digitis of your ODU student ID number. 

How do I get articles that I cannot access in full text from an ODU Library database?

Submit an interlibrary loan request via ILLiad. For more information about interlibrary loan, visit the interlibrary loan page or read the library's Guide to Interlibrary Loan.

For Distant Learners located outside of Central Ohio, library staff will post the article to your online ILLiad account as soon as possible, whether the article is available in ODU Library's collection or in another library. In the rare event that an article has a charge, you will be contacted through your ODU email account regarding arrangements for payment. 

No charge will be placed on your account without your approval to pursue the item. 

How do I get BOOKS, EBOOKS, and VIDEOS?

Distance Learners located in Central Ohio are entitled to the same library services as traditional campus patrons. Search the ODU Library Catalog first. If ODU does not have what you need, try the OhioLINK Library CatalogOhioLINK requests can be picked up from any OhioLINK library--just specify your pickup location when you submit the request.   

If OhioLINK does not have what you need, you can submit an interlibrary loan request via ILLiad Interlibrary loan items such as books and videos will be available to be picked up from the ODU Library Circulation Services counter; if your request if for only part of an item, such as a single chapter or essay, you may be able to receive a copy electronically through Interlibrary Loan.    

Distance Learners located outside of Central Ohio should use the ODU Library Catalog for finding eBooks available through ODU Library and the OhioLINK Library Catalog first for books, videos, and other materials. The Pickup Anywhere (PUA) service will allow you to request a book or video from any OhioLINK library to be delivered to any other OhioLINK library in a matter of a few days, as long as the item is not available at ODU Library. 

If you are unable to locate or request the item you need in OhioLINK you may submit an interlibrary loan request via ILLiad ODU Library staff will then address the situation to see if the request can be honored

Distance Learners outside of Ohio should use the ODU Library Catalog for finding eBooks available through ODU Library. For books, videos, and other materials, students outside Ohio should find a library near their location and determine what kind of borrowing privileges or in-house privileges they may be able to obtain. If you are unable to locate or access the item you need, you may submit an interlibrary loan request via ILLiad; ODU Library staff will review the request to see if it can be honored. 

Additional Links

For Students and Alumni 

Off-campus Access to Library Resources 

ODU Quick Links for Current Students 

 Master of Education Online 


Page last updated: 23 January 2014 | ODU Library Reference Services