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A Library Survival Guide for Undergraduate OSU Students

The Essentials

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Friendly Librarians

  • Connect with a librarian for specific subjects - we are here to help!
  • Use our online subject research guides to help you get started
  • Save time and find the best resources by asking us
  • Multiple ways to get help (See The Essentials box on the left)

Computers, Printers, Scanners, Wireless

  • 170 desktops, the largest computer cluster on campus
  • Unlimited printing and Express Print Stations
  • Scanners, 1st and 5th floors
  • Wireless throughout the building

Checkout more than books with your OSU ID!

  • 160 laptop computers, 5 hours
  • 20 MacBooks, 5 hours
  • 30 iPads, 5 hours
  • E-books to read on your computer
  • 9 Group Study Rooms, 4 hours
  • DVDs and CDs in Room 105

Study Space

  • Study Zones: Quiet, Silent, & Group
  • Beautiful large study rooms, 2nd floor
  • 9 group study rooms

Food and Drinks allowed

  • Café Libro serves coffee, sandwiches, salads, bagels and more grab-and-go foods
  • Vending machines are on the 1st floor

Books for you!

  • With your OSU ID, checkout up to 50 books at a time
  • 30-day checkout period
  • Books are mainly in the basement, 3rd & 4th floors at the Edmon Low Library

Reserves, Room 105

  • Professors sometimes put print or electronic copies (book chapters, answer sets or homework) “on Reserve”
  • Textbooks: The library has textbooks for classes with more than 125 students or costing more than $125. Checkout time is 2 hours.

The book I need is checked out!

  • Place a recall on the item.
  • We’ll notify you when the book is ready. The recall shortens the due date to 2 weeks.

The Library doesn’t have the book or article I need!

  • We’ll try to borrow it from another library for you. This is called Interlibrary Loan.
  • Request online or ask staff at the 1st floor desk for help with this.

Fun stuff

  • Popular magazines, 1st floor
  • Popular fiction, look in the library catalog:
  • Special programs: exhibits, book discussions, concerts and more. Check our website.

Jobs in the Library

  • Check our jobs page for more information on positions and how to apply.


  • Generally, overdue books .25/day/book. Reserve, recall and Interlibrary loan are more.
  • Overdue laptops, iPads and MacBooks $30.00/hr.
  • Fines are billed to your bursar account.

Other Library Collections

Edmon Low is the Main Library. We have 3 branch libraries

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Subject Guide

Matt Upson
Director of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Services
Research & Learning Services Division
306 Edmon Low Library
Stillwater, OK 74078
Office Hours:
Mon., Wed., Fri., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.