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Guidelines for Use of the Library

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The primary clientele of the Oberlin College Library is the current students and staff of Oberlin College. Our first objective is to meet the academic needs of this clientele and ensure reasonable access to the resources and services of the libraries. Other registered users may be asked to yield to the needs of our primary users.

Visitors are welcome to use the collections and services of the Oberlin College Library during regular posted building hours. They must have a valid Oberlin College Library card or register at the Circulation Desk upon arrival. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, guest users must present valid picture identification and register at the Circulation Desk on each visit to one of our libraries. A guest card is provided for that day. Visitors using a library for an extended period of time may request a guest card validated for up to one month upon approval of a circulation staff supervisor or the library office staff.

Borrowing privileges at the Oberlin College Library are also extended to the spouses or partners of Oberlin College students and employees, their children (aged 14-17), Lorain County residents over the age of 17, alumni of the college living nearby, and Friends of the Oberlin College Library. Others may pay a $50 refundable deposit to secure borrowing privileges. Further specifics are described in the borrowing regulations available at the Main Library circulation desk.

Some resources and services of the Library are restricted to use by only Oberlin College students and staff. Library staff will ask others to refrain from using these services. In most cases, the restrictions are indicated in the signage or descriptions of the resources.

Computers in the library are primarily for research use. Guest users seeking information published by the federal government are welcome to use library computers for this purpose. All library users are expected to comply with the Policy for the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources, posted by the Center for Information Technology.

The Library reserves the right to sanction, through fines and/or judicial proceedings, any persons violating our policies on food, drink, smoking, or established building rules and guidelines. The Library may eject or bar from the building any persons engaged in disruptive or destructive behavior.

Extension of building hours beyond midnight is intended solely for the convenience of Oberlin College staff and students. The buildings are not open to the general public at these times.

Borrowing privileges are extended to non-resident conference attendees only if prior arrangement has been made for them by the conference planners.

Last updated:
April 09, 2014