University Libraries

Services for Faculty Members

The University Libraries offer specialized services to meet the research and instruction needs of faculty.


For books and other items that circulate, faculty members can borrow most items for 16 weeks with one renewal period of an additional 16 weeks. Books requested through OhioLINK can be borrowed for 6 weeks initially with up to four 6 week renewals (if a hold is not placed from the original campus). Multimedia & Reserve items can be borrowed for shorter periods, and several collections do not circulate at all. For your protection, you are required to bring your ID card to the Library when checking out or picking up items. For new or visiting faculty & staff, your library record will be activated after you receive your first paycheck. If you need to access library services prior to your first paycheck, please ask your department chair to draft a letter that you can bring to the Circulation Desk at Carlson Library stating if you are full or part-time faculty, and, if you are not tenure or tenure-track, the length of your appointment. We will create a temporary record for you.

Faculty members can identify a proxy borrower who can check out items for them at the library. Your proxy will need to present both your ID and his or her ID to verify that he or she they can take out books under your name. This is done as a security precaution. To designate a proxy borrower, print out and complete this form and bring it to the circulation desk or send it to the Circulation Department (Mailstop #509).


The Library encourages the faculty to make recommendations for titles the library may consider purchasing. Our Library Liaison program assigns a departmental representative and library faculty member to every academic department and many programs on campus. The representative and librarian coordinate purchase requests from the departments and address other issues related to the library. Click here for the Library Liaison list. To suggest an item to be purchased for the collection, fill out the online University Libraries Book Purchase Request form. If you have questions about book and material purchases, please contact Derek Wilmott at (419) 530-7984.


The University Libraries offers paper reserve reading services at the Carlson Library as well as electronic reserves via the UT Library Catalog. Using electronic reserves, students can gain access to full-text articles, multimedia, and other documents that are placed on reserve. For information on placing items on reserve in either electronic or print format, please see the Faculty Reserves FAQ. If you have questions about Reserves, please contact Jennifer Babcock (Reserves Department - (419) 530-8531).


The University Libraries offer library and information literacy skills programs for classes at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. The faculty of the University Libraries can provide instruction for classes on a wide variety of library-related topics. They teach everything, including basic instruction on library catalogs, research databases, and printed resources, as well as the skills necessary to find and evaluate information on the World Wide Web. The faculty have a variety of subject backgrounds and will customize instruction for your specific course.

If you are teaching a fully online course on the Blackboard platform, your students will have access to the eLibrary Services Center. This customized, web-based portal brings the best in UT's digital resources together for our distance learners. Also, a link to our libguides (either for your course code, your program, or a general guide) will appear in your Blackboard course menu. Additional modules have been created which can be uploaded to your course as well.

In addition, the librarians have prepared a number of general and subject guides to assist you and your students in finding resources that you need. The guides include information on finding materials, citation styles, general guides, and pathfinders that provide overviews of the research resources for a particular subject or course. You are free to use these resources in your classes. Click here for the list of guides available on our website.

On the Main Campus - If you have questions about Instruction Services, please contact Thomas Atwood (Coordinator, Information Literacy Instruction) at (419) 530-2833.

On the Health Science Campus - More information is available on the Mulford Library web site.


The Academic Support unit of the University Libraries offers a wide range of services and products to support instruction at the University of Toledo. The unit is responsible for classroom audio-visual equipment across campus, instructional graphics, web design, poster sessions, power point presentations, slides, lamination, photography and photo finishing. The Academic Support website will allow you to schedule your classroom or graphical needs, as well as provide tutorials on equipment and mediated classrooms. The main offices for the Academic Support unit are in the lower level of Carlson Library. The unit staff are happy to work with you on an individual basis to show you how the equipment works in the classrooms where you will be teaching.

For more information, visit the Academic Support web page at (419) 530-2656.


The Digital Initiatives Department coordinates projects across the University of Toledo to support research, teaching, and learning in a digital environment. We invite all interested in consulting with faculty who wish to submit collections considered suitable for seasonal or permanent virtual exhibits and/or digital archives for long-term preservation. Such material may be originally created photos, slides, historical manuscripts, oral history interviews, and other unique primary source material with great value for research and teaching. Contact Arjun Sabharwal, Digital Initiatives Librarian, for more information.

NOTE: DI staff will not scan and digitize materials (books, articles, compositions, poetry, etc.) usually submitted for publication.


Last Updated: 6/27/22