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School Group Visitor Information and Links

If you would like to bring your class to the Library, we ask that you contact us in advance to make arrangements. Some questions we will ask include:

  • What is the purpose of the visit? Are students working on an assignment, or just interested in a quick tour of the library building?
  • How many students will be coming? Generally, we can accommodate school groups of less than 36, particularly if students need to access online resources and collections for research papers. If your class needs to use our collections and databases, we need to show them how to do that, and our instruction lab seats 36 students. If you bring more than 36 students, we cannot guarantee computers for  them to use, as all computers outside of the training room require OSU logins.
  • How long will you need to be in the library? Generally, school groups work with a librarian for an hour or two in the instruction room, because computers are scarce for non-OSU students. One to two hour visits are the custom.


The Edmon Low Library welcomes Oklahoma elementary and secondary school groups to visit and make use of available resources. School groups interested in visiting should make note of suggested guidelines for school group visits.

  1. Please limit school group size to a maximum of 28. (If we bring groups in for library instruction, the electronic classroom can only accommodate a maximum of about 36.)
  2. Students should have some project or assignment to work on. Students should have a research topic before they arrive at the Library.
  3. There should be adult supervision and/or chaperones.
  4. Please call or email to make arrangements for a visit at least 2 weeks in advance, the earlier the better.
  5. There are certain times of the school year when it is more difficult to accommodate visiting groups. During the first six to eight weeks of the semester we are engaged in freshman orientation and English composition instruction. Pre-finals and finals week are also busy instruction times. Please feel free to request a session when needed, but realize that during these times, it may be difficult to schedule.
  6. The OSU Library is dedicated to priority service for the students, faculty and staff of the University community. Non-university groups will be welcomed, but our first priority always rests with the University community.
  7. The Edmon Low Library is a place for quiet research, consultation and study. Appropriate conduct is expected from all who use the facilities. Complaints regarding inappropriate behavior from school groups may result in that school from being denied permission to visit in the future.
  8. OSU Library internet accessible workstations outside the instruction lab are specifically off limits to school groups.
  9. School groups should not be noisy or unruly.
  10. School groups should not use tobacco in any form; tobacco use is prohibited by university policy.

To make a reservation for a school group, please contact Matt Upson at 405-744-9755, or via e-mail at

Getting to the OSU Libary

Directions to the OSU Library

Generally, bus parking is available at University overflow Lot 120, which is located on the corner of Washington and McElroy, on the north side. Monroe Avenue is closed to through traffic from Athletic Avenue to just north of Willard Hall from 8-5 M-F, and Hester Street is closed to through traffic as well. If you are planning to drop students off, plan accordingly.

OSU Campus Parking Map

Borrowing Privileges

If you are over the age of 18 and an Oklahoma resident, you can be issued a Courtesy Card, which will allow you to borrow materials for 4 weeks at a time.

Courtesy Card Information