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The Science Library is closed.
For more details about the Collections Consolidation, click here.

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Library Building Open with Modifications

University Libraries will be open Monday through Sunday during the fall 2022 semester; see our hours of operation here.

  • Masks are optional in the library per the University's policy
  • We will continue to sanitize high-touch spaces regularly, and computer workstations and equipment after patron use.
  • Patrons who request library materials will be able to pick up their requests from the Service Desk or through our curbside delivery and home delivery services.

Study Rooms:

Library Materials:

  • Library materials can be picked up at the Service Desk or delivered curbside or through home delivery.
  • Laptops and equipment can be returned or checked out at the Service Desk
  • See our hours of operation here.

We’re in this together, and we look forward to seeing you!

Library Services & Resources

Library Services 

Library Resources

Faculty Teaching Courses

  • For faculty teaching courses, Librarians are available by appointment and the Design and Development team are available through our Keep Teaching Community in Brightspace.
  • In the Keep Teaching Community on Brightspace, you will find all recordings from our training sessions, a wide variety of handouts, a developing list of FAQs, and most important, discussion forums. Please post your questions to the Discussion forum and we will answer your question as soon as possible.
  • Equipment is available for faculty to checkout from Audio/Visual Services, located in Bierce Library.

Brightspace Modules for Information Literacy

We currently have several courses available for Brightspace enrollment:

  1. Library 101- this tutorial covers introductory topics such as how to get started with finding books, checking your library record, using ZipSearch, OhioLINK, and Interlibrary loan, as well as locating articles/artifacts for research. The course can be completed in about an hour. 
  2. Library 201 - this tutorial contains six information literacy lessons that can be assigned together or individually. For lesson descriptions, estimated times for completion, and student learning outcomes, visit here for Bierce and here for Wayne. 
  3. Keeping Your References and Notes Organized - this tutorial discusses how to choose and use a reference manager. Using a reference manager will help students organize references and notes. This course can be completed in under two hours.
  4. Plagiarism, Copyright & Citation Basics - this course covers the basics of plagiarism, copyright, and citing, how to use information in an ethical and legal manner, and how to be clear when using the ideas of others. 
  5. Citing and Referencing in APA Style (new for Spring 2022)
  6. Citing Tables and Figures in APA Style (new for Spring 2022)

Requesting Materials by Appointment

UA faculty, staff, and students can request Akron-owned library materials online and retrieve them by appointment from Bierce Library. Requestable material includes Bierce and Science & Technology Libraries’ general collections, Test Prep, Curriculum Center, and Media

  • University Library books can be requested through the library catalog:
  • Students can come to Bierce Library during operating hours and check out Technology Equipment.

The requested material can either be mailed to a home address, retrieved from Bierce Library’s lobby or by appointment curbside pickup. MediaTech items cannot be mailed. Library patrons will receive a direct email about these retrieval procedures.

Items requested through curbside pickup or home delivery can be returned in the library's return drop boxes outside the building or brought to the Service Desk on the 1st floor.