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Hiram College Library

Hiram College Library fosters intellectual excellence and encourages lifelong learning in the Hiram community.

Visiting the Library Building

We are excited to have you visit the Hiram College Library!

Please use the tabs above to help you navigate entering and exiting the library building. 

The Hiram College Library is following current best practices for library use including additional cleaning, providing socially distant study spaces, and quarantining returned materials. If you have any questions about library procedures, please contact the Library Director, Janet Vogel

Please visit our About Us page for complete information about library hours.
The Media Center is currently open by appointment only.
Tech and Trek is currently open by appointment only

To Enter the Library Building:

  • Use the front entrance. 
  • On the first floor:
    • The Ask Here desk has student staff ready to answer your questions!
    • Tech & Trek (open by appointment)
    • Career and Academic Development and Hiram Connect
  • Go downstairs to access:
    • Library Basement Classroom
    • DVDs and CDs in the Chamberlain Room
    • Media Services (open by appointment)
  • Go upstairs to access:
    • Library Study Rooms: 2nd and 3rd floors
    • Library Classrooms: 2nd floor Pritchard Room, 3rd floor BI/Instruction Room
    • Books: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors
    • Government Documents: 3rd floor 
    • AirPrint Printer: 2nd floor
    • Archives: 2nd floor (open by appointment)

To Leave the Library Building:

  • From the First Floor:
    • Use the east exit, not the front door. As you return towards the front door, turn right down the hall before the Ask Here desk.
  • From the Lower Level:
    • Follow the signs to exit using the spiral staircase at the back of the classroom area. Follow the signs at the top of the stairs to use the east exit.
    • Use the elevator to the 1st floor. Turn right, then turn right again when you reach the end of the hallway. Exit using the east door.
  • From the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors:
    • Use any stairwell to move to the 2nd floor.
    • Follow the signs to the library annex and exit.
    • Go through the fire door directing you to the exit and Pritchard Room.
    • Go to the end of the hallway and use the door to your left. 
    • Follow the signs to the first floor and exit through the library annex.

Accessible Main Entrance:

  • The front door is an accessible entrance. 

Accessible exit via the Main Entrance:

  • Use the main elevator to move to the first floor. 
  • Exit using the main entrance. 

Accessible exit via the Annex:

  • Use any elevator to move to the second floor. 
  • Follow the signs to the library annex and exit.
  • Go through the fire door directing you to the exit and Pritchard Room.
  • Use the elevator to go to the first floor. 
  • Turn left out of the elevator and exit using the door in front of you.

* If you need additional help, please call 330-569-5489 and a library staff member will assist you.

If you are not a Hiram College student, staff, or faculty member and you need access to the library building, we ask that you follow Hiram College campus safety procedures

You may also schedule curbside pickup of any library materials. Email us (library@hiram.edu) and provide the title and call number of your item(s) as well as when you would like to pick them up. Please allow 1 business day for processing and wait to be notified via email that your item is available before coming to campus. 

Using the Library

The Ask Here Library Services desk is located on the first floor next to the main entrance. Please follow Hiram College COVID guidelines and follow posted guidelines for social distancing when waiting to check out. 

If you would like to utilize curbside pickup of your items, please email us (library@hiram.edu) and provide the title and call number of your item(s), your library barcode (on the back of your ID), and let us know when you would like to pick them up. Please allow 1 business day for processing and wait to be notified via email that your item is available before coming the Library. Once you arrive, please call 330-569-5489 and let us know you have arrived at the library's front door. We will bring materials out to the front of the library. 

eBooks for Contactless Checkout:

The Hiram College Library offers many eBooks for contactless checkout in addition to electronic journals and databases. Use OneSource to search most of our print and digital resources at once. OhioLINK also offers many eBook lending options as well as an Electronic Journal Center. Most eBooks are available for multiple users at the same time, so you do not have to wait to use them. If you have any questions about eBooks, please ask a librarian.

Items may be returned to the outside drop box next to the front doors of the Library 24 hours a day. They may also be returned to the drop box next to the Ask Here Desk on the main level. 

You can renew any library materials online. No need to come in!

  • On the My Account screen, enter your Name and your Library Barcode (found on the back of your Hiram College ID). 
  • Click Submit.
  • Select the items you wish to renew by clicking in the checkboxes.
  • Click renew selected items. (You may also choose to renew all.)

For any account questions or to renew by phone, call 330-569-5489. You may also email us (library@hiram.edu).

Study Rooms:

  • Study rooms are limited to 1 user at a time due to social distancing except for the Gescheidt study room on the 2nd floor, which has a 2 person capacity.
  • Study rooms will be cleaned after each use.
  • Please only use a room with a sign hanging on the door. The sign indicates that the room has been cleaned. 
  • Single users in a study room may remove their mask if the door is closed. If two people are in a room, please follow Hiram College's COVID safety guidelines
  • Please return the study room sign to the Library Services desk on first floor or to the bin near the Annex exit before leaving the library so that our staff can clean the room. 

Meeting Spaces:

  • A meeting room ("Meeting Room 1") is available on the first floor behind Tech & Trek on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 5 or fewer. Check in at the Ask Here desk to use the room. Note: staff whose offices in the library building (Hiram Connect, Library, Media Center, and Tech & Trek) may reserve the room for staff use. Please clean the room using the supplies provided following use.
  • The Collaboration Room is available behind the restrooms on the first floor. The space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for small groups. Furniture is arranged to maintain social distancing. Please clean the room using the supplies provided following use.

Thank you for helping us keep library spaces clean!

  • Library spaces will be cleaned daily and high-touch areas will be cleaned multiple times per day. 
  • Always wash or sanitize your hands before or after using library materials for your safety.
  • Please return any unwanted materials to the bins next to the elevator for reshelving by library staff. 
  • Each floor has a cleaning station next to the elevator. If you wish to disinfect a table or chair before and after use, please use the spray bottle and microfiber cloths provided. First floor cleaning supplies are available at the Ask Here desk or inside the Collaboration Room.
  • Please return all cleaning materials after use. 
  • Please leave all furniture in place to accommodate social distancing. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Library Director Janet Vogel

Are you a first year or transfer student? Before you check out books, we need to update your library account with the barcode on the back of your student ID. 

Please visit the Ask Here desk any time with your student ID and ask to have your barcode added to your account. You can then check out physical items and OhioLINK eBooks. 

If you are unable to access the library building, please email library@hiram.edu with your name, phone number, Hiram Student ID number (on the front of your ID), and the number on the barcode on the back of your ID. We will update your account within 1 business day. 

Getting Help

Librarians are always glad to assist you.

For Research Help:

Email reference@hiram.edu to set up an appointment to meet with a librarian. Include your course name, what information you are hoping to learn, and when your assignment is due. The email address is typically checked M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. You may also call the library at 330-569-5489 and ask for a librarian. You may also ask whether a librarian is available when you visit the Ask Here desk, and we will meet with you if we can!

For Account Help, to learn more about checking out books, or other library questions:

Email library@hiram.edu, call 330-569-5489, or visit the Ask Here desk.