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Community & Alumni Resources

Library services and resources for UA alumni and members of the local community


UA alumni and public/community members are welcome at Bierce Library and may use most resources and services free of charge while onsite. 

  • Computer workstations, scanners, copiers and printers are available for public use. Guest login information can be obtained at the Service Desk.
  • Wireless access is available at no cost for visitors.
  • Archives and Special Collections: Provides visitors the opportunity to research rare and historic materials.
  • Many library events are open to the public and may be attended by community members.

Borrowing Privileges

  To obtain a community patron card, the general public must complete an Application for Borrowing Privileges at the Bierce Library Service Desk.                                                        

Alumni / Community / High School / OhioLINK Borrowers

OhioLINK Books OhioLINK Media Print Reserves Media Reserves Books Media Curriculum Center Materials
Checkout Time 21 days 7 days Hourly & Daily 4 hours 28 days 7 or 14 days 21 days
Number of Renewals Allowed Up to 6 No Renewals Allowed No Renewals Allowed No Renewals Allowed Up to 3 1 Up to 3
Fines $0.50 per day $0.50 per day $0.50 per day $0.50 per day $0.25 per day $0.25 per day $0.25 per day

How to Get a Library Card

  • Complete the Application for Borrowing Privileges at the Service Desk. A current government-issued photo ID (ex: driver's license) is required.
  • Receive a Community Patron Card.

Borrowing Library Materials

  • Most library materials circulate for the borrower-specific period cited in the above chart.
  • Some items (e.g., special loan materials within the collection, reserve items, media) do not circulate or circulate for shorter periods.
  • Borrowers are responsible for returning materials on or before the due date.


  • Materials may be renewed at Bierce Library or using the online renewal service.
  • Exceptions
    • Items requested by, and recalled for, another borrower.
    • Items for which renewals are not allowed.

NOTE: An overdue item will prevent the use of the online renewal service.

Parking on Campus

Bierce Library
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325

Bierce Library is located on the north side of main campus between Buchtel Ave., Union St., College St., and Buchtel Mall. Parking for visitors is available in the Visitor Parking Garage on Buchtel Ave. Parking for UA students, faculty and staff is available in the new parking garage on Buchtel Ave. directly across from the Visitor Parking Garage.


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