December 14, 2016

IRC Hours: Winter Break

The Instructional Resource Center will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 15th and remain closed through Wednesday, January 4th.

For additional hours information, please visit the IRC Hours & Updates page on the Instruction Resource Center web site.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe and joyous holiday season.

December 12, 2016

Returning Library Materials

Be sure to return borrowed library materials, books, CDs, DVDs, IRC resources, and especially OhioLINK items, before leaving campus for winter break.

Returning after hours? There is a book drop located on the library ground floor, across from the Chapel, near the UPS pick up.


Keep in mind, IRC materials kits and big books will NOT fit in the after hours book return. Plan ahead and return these items during regular library operating hours.

December 8, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be open 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, December 9th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

December 7, 2016

Study Rooms & Quiet Space

Looking for a quiet space to study during finals?
Remember, the 3rd and 4th floors are designated quiet spaces; noise level may be monitored during extended hours and finals. Comfortable open study areas are available on both floors.

Interested in reserving a study room?  
Stop at the circulation desk and reserve a study room for up to 3 hours. Study rooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th floor. Please note, students using a reserved area will be asked to vacate the room.

Already have a favorite space to work?
Create your own quiet space. We have free ear plugs (disposable) available at the print station on the second floor.

December 5, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Winter & Memes

What's featured on the IRC Pinterest site this month? Just in time for finals, it's the always popular Library Meme board.



In keeping with the season, take time to explore a few winter and snow themed picture books; they are a great a way to enjoy the cold season from inside looking out.

December 2, 2016

Main Collection: Education

The following books have been added to the library's main general (circulating) collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library or in the regular location.

Juvenile Books: YA

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

IRC Circulating: Leveled Book Kits

The following Book Kits have been added to the IRC circulating collection; each book kit contains six paperback copies of the same title and information pertaining to suggested reading levels is detailed. Book kits are located next to the big books, directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

December 1, 2016

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 30, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 28, 2016

Questions? Ask the IRC


Have you used the Instructional Resource Center chat service, Questions? Ask the IRC? Our chat service is staffed by the curriculum librarian and Instructional Resource Center student workers. We can help with general information and questions about the IRC, collections, juvenile books, equipment, and hours.


Did you know you could text the IRC?
Text the IRC at 419.938.4134, standard messaging rates will apply.

IRC text questions will be answered during regular Ask the IRC hours. Text inquiries sent after scheduled hours will be answered the following business day.

The IRC and AU Library share a text number. Non-IRC related text questions may be referred to circulation or reference staff as needed.

Phone icon by Madebyoliver from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC 3.0 BY

November 21, 2016

IRC Hours: Thanksgiving Break

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Wednesday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 26th during Thanksgiving holiday break.

The IRC will open at 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 27th. Regular fall hours resume Monday, November 28th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on our web site.

November 18, 2016

IRC Circulating: Leveled Book Kits

The following Book Kits have been added to the IRC circulating collection; each book kit contains six paperback copies of the same title and information pertaining to suggested reading levels is detailed. Book kits are located next to the big books, directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Juvenile Books: Biography

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 17, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Thanksgiving

Looking for Thanksgiving themed children's books? We have a Pinterest board for that! Check out the IRC's Thanksgiving Pinterest board for a collection of fiction and non-fiction children's titles about the holiday.


Working on projects and bulletin boards for the holiday season? The IRC has a variety of holiday Ellison Dies.

November 16, 2016

IRC Circulating: Leveled Book Kits

The following Book Kits have been added to the IRC circulating collection; each book kit contains six paperback copies of the same title and information pertaining to suggested reading levels is detailed. Book kits are located next to the big books, directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, AU Library second floor.

Main Collection: Education

The following books have been added to the library's main general (circulating) collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library or in the regular location.



November 15, 2016

Main Collection: General

The following books have been added to the library's main general (circulating) collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library or in the regular location.

November 14, 2016

IRC Circulating: Curriculum Textbooks

The following K-6 Math textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They are located in the curriculum textbook area directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, AU Library second floor.

November 11, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 10, 2016

IRC Pinterest: New Board

Check out the newest IRC Pinterest Board, Wordless Picture Books. This board features a selection of wordless picture books, also know as stories without words. Titles are part of the juvenile collection located on the library 2nd floor. Check availability using the catalog link provided with each call number in the pin description.

November 9, 2016

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following materials kits have been added to the Instructional Resource Center circulating collection. Materials Kits are located inside of the IRC, on right side/east wall, and shelved numerically. For ease of use, shelving in the IRC are labeled.


Visit the IRC Pinterest board, Materials Kits to view recent additions to this circulating collection. Our materials kit collection features puppets, flannel board stories, dry erase boards, and games for math, science, language arts, social studies, music, and other subject areas.

Follow IRC's board IRC Materials Kits on Pinterest.

Materials kits are part of the IRC circulating collection, located on the second floor of AU Library. Check availability by clicking the catalog link after each call number.

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 8, 2016

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 7, 2016

Juvenile Books: Biography

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 3, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Elections & Voting

Interested in learning more about elections and voting? The IRC Elections & Voting Pinterest board has a selection of " election-themed resources; included are fiction and non-fiction juvenile, middle grade, and YA books and Internet links." Visit the IRC Pinterest site for more great resources and ideas.

November 1, 2016

Main Collection: General

The following books have been added to the library's main general (circulating) collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library or in the regular location.

Main Collection: Education

The following book has been added to the library's main general (circulating) collection. You will find it shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library or in the regular location.



October 31, 2016

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 26, 2016

IRC Hours Update: October 27-28

The Instructional Resource Center hours for Thursday, October 28th and Friday, October 26th are noted below.

  • Thursday, 10/28:  Open 11 am to 1:30 pm and 5:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Friday, 10/29:  Open 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  

Regular IRC hours resume on Sunday, October 30th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

October 25, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 24, 2016

Main Collection: General & CD

The following book and CD have been added to the library's circulating collection. You will find the book shelved in the new books display on the main floor of the library and the CD in its regular location.

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 20, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Fall & Halloween

We have a nice assortment of Fall and Halloween themed children's books. Check out these IRC Pinterest boards for new and well-loved classic titles.

Follow IRC's board Autumn: Fall Books on Pinterest.


Children's books are located on the second floor of Ashland University Library. Ask in the Instructional Resource Center if you need help locating a book.

Follow IRC's board Halloween on Pinterest.

October 10, 2016

IRC Hours Update: Fall Break

Instructional Resource Center hours for fall break are noted below:

  • Thursday, 10/13: Close 7:00 pm 
  • Friday, 10/14: Closed
  • Saturday, 10/15: Closed
  • Sunday, 10/16, Closed

Our fall hours schedule resumes Monday, October 17th. A complete listing of IRC Hours & Updates is available on the IRC web site.

AU Library hours & updates are available on library web site.

October 5, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 4, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 3, 2016

Juvenile Books: Non-fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 29, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be open 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

September 27, 2016

Banned Books Week: 2015 Top 10 Challenges



Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 from ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green 
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James 
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings 
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin 
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon 
  6. The Holy Bible 
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel 
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson 
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter 
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Interested in learning more? 

September 26, 2016

Banned Books Week: Getting Social

The IRC Pinterest site features a Banned Books Week board with additional resources.

Follow IRC's board Banned Books Week on Pinterest.


Get involved by sharing your Banned Books Week story on Twitter using the hash tag #bannedbooksweek, following Banned Books Week on Facebook, enjoying a variety of Read Outs on the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel, and find great display ideas from the Banned Books Week Pinterest page.

September 25, 2016

Banned Books Week: September 25 - October 1

It's time to celebrate Banned Books Week; "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."
"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." -- ALA Banned Books Week

Interested in learning more about Banned Books Week? There's a Banned Books Week LibGuide for that! The library guide presents an overview of  Banned Books Week history and challenged books, Library Resources and Internet Resources for celebrating Banned Books Week, links to frequently banned and challenged books for the last ten years - and - challenged classics,  and an interactive timeline highlighting 30 Years of Challenged Literature.


September 22, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 19, 2016

AU Library: Wireless / Cloud Printing

AU Library is one of several places on campus offering wireless, or Google Cloud printing. Once printer set up is complete, work anywhere in the building and print from your laptop or mobile device to print stations on the main floor.

  •  Cloud printing works with your Ashland University Google Account. 
  •  Cloud printing is part of the AU print quota system. 
  •  Cloud printing is possible from laptops and mobile devices.

We've collected a few FAQs to help you get started, scroll through the list and view items of interest, or visit AU Library FAQs for details and additional resources.  And, as always, you can ask in the IRC for help setting up library cloud printing.


September 15, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be open 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, September 16th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

September 14, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 13, 2016

Juvenile Books: Young Adult

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 12, 2016

September 7, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 2, 2016

IRC Hours: Labor Day

The IRC will be closed Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday September 4th for the Labor Day Holiday. We will be open 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Monday, September 5th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC website.

August 31, 2016

IRC on Pinterest

Are you following IRC @ Ashland University Library on Pinterest? Our boards feature Ellison Die collections, materials kits, coloring pages, and so much more!

Visit IRC's profile on Pinterest.

August 29, 2016

IRC Hours: Fall 2016


Welcome to Ashland University, Ashland University Library, and the Instructional Resource Center! The fall 2016 IRC hours schedule begins today.  Our hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 am to 10 pm 
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: 2 pm to 10 pm 

A complete listing of IRC hours and updates, including changes to normal operating hours, is available on the IRC web site.  All hours updates will be published here on the IRC blog and 'tweeted' via IRC Twitter; a monthly hours update is always posted on the IRC door.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

August 25, 2016

Library Update: Main Floor

The outside of AU Library is not the only place where work was done to improve the building this summer. Early this week, a month long comprehensive main floor reorganization project was completed.

We now have a spacious, bright work area on the library main floor with comfortable seating, cafe tables, and group tables.

Where is this located? Enter AU Library through the main doors and turn right; you will see our computer and print stations, copy machines, and the faculty publication display. The area adjacent is our new work / study/ lounge area. We have great green views of Founders Hall and the sunlight pouring into the library is simply amazing.

Print Journals:
Recent issues of print journal collection are located on the east side of the main floor (facing Founders).  Print journal stacks have been moved to the sixth floor.

Library 6th floor:
Student work areas remain on available on the 6th floor. Study areas are located on the north side of the building (facing College Avenue).

Ohio & Government Documents:
AU Library is a Federal Depository for government documents. Our Ohio and Government docs have been moved to the west side of the main floor, adjacent to the reference collection.

Welcome back to AU Library!

August 22, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The IRC will be closed for various campus meetings this week; be sure to check the IRC Hours & Updates on the IRC web site. Please note the following closures:

  • Monday, August 22nd:  Closed 12:45 to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 24th: Closed 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 25th: Closed 11:45 am to 2:00 pm

IRC daily lunch closure is 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

August 12, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed, Monday, August 15th through Sunday, August 21st. Regular summer hours will resume on Monday, August 22nd. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

August 9, 2016

August 4, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed, Friday, August 5th. Regular summer hours will resume on Monday, August 8th. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

August 1, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center August schedule begins Monday, August 1st.

August 1st to August 28th
  • Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    IRC is closed daily 1:00 - 1:30 pm for lunch
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Exceptions to the IRC August schedule will be posted and are available on the IRC Hours & Updates web page.

July 25, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Coloring Pages

Introducing our newest IRC Pinterest board, AU Campus Coloring Pages:
"Join the coloring craze! Download and color Ashland University campus coloring pages created from original AU campus photos and the Colorscape app. Interested? Copies are available on the IRC coloring table, library 2nd floor." Take a break and join us.

Follow IRC's AU Campus Coloring Page Board on Pinterest.

July 15, 2016

OhioLINK Requests & RNC

Due to the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland next week (7/18 – 7/21), you may notice a delay in deliveries of OhioLINK materials. Additionally, items requested from an institution in the vicinity of the convention area may be further delayed.


Questions about your OhioLINK request? Call the library at ext. 5400, or ask for help at the main desk. My Library Account on the library web site to view may be used to renew books online and check status of OhioLINK requests.

July 12, 2016

IRC Update: Color Printing Available

The server and access issue has been resolved and the IRC color printer, AU Library second floor, is once again available for use.  Our color printer is accessible from any computer on the second floor and inside the IRC.  Ask for help in the IRC if you have questions, or need assistance with the color printer.

July 7, 2016

IRC Update: Color Printing

Due to an issue with the new print server, the Instructional Resource Center's color printer is currently unavailable for use. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

IRC Update: Printing

The print issue has been resolved; printing from the print quota printer is once again available on the second floor and Instructional Resource Center printers. Directions for printer authentication, separate from the print quota process, have been updated and are provided on each computer.

Ask for help in the IRC if you need assistance with this authentication process.

July 5, 2016

IRC Update: Printing

Printing is currently unavailable on the second floor and inside the Instructional Resource Center. Our new copier / printer, part of the campus refresh, was installed last week and we are trouble-shooting access issues.  Updates will be posted as they become available. Thank you for your patience.

Working in the library? Printing is available on the main floor.

IRC Pinterest

Are you following IRC @ Ashland University Library on Pinterest? Our boards feature Ellison Die collections, materials kits, big books, alphabet books and so much more.

Visit IRC's profile on Pinterest.

Interested in summer reading? There's a great recreational reading board ...

Follow IRC's Recreational Reading board on Pinterest.

June 29, 2016

IRC Hours Update: July 4th Holiday

The Instructional Resource Center will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 1st and remain closed through Monday, July 4th.  Summer hours will resume Tuesday, July 5th.  A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC website.

June 20, 2016

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following materials kits have been added to the Instructional Resource Center circulating collection. Materials Kits are located inside of the IRC, on right side/east wall, and shelved numerically. For ease of use, shelving in the IRC are labeled.


Visit the IRC Pinterest board, Materials Kits to view recent additions to this circulating collection. Our materials kit collection features puppets, flannel board stories, dry erase boards, and games for math, science, language arts, social studies, music, and other subject areas.

Follow IRC's board IRC Materials Kits on Pinterest.

Materials kits are part of the IRC circulating collection, located on the second floor of AU Library. Check availability by clicking the catalog link after each call number.

June 16, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.



Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 15, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 14, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 13, 2016

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 10, 2016

IRC Pinterest

Are you following IRC @ Ashland University Library on Pinterest? Our boards feature Ellison Die collections, new books, book trailers, materials kits, big books, alphabet books and so much more.

Visit IRC's profile on Pinterest.

Interested in summer reading? We have just the thing; check out our boards Summer Books, Juvenile Graphic Novels, and Alex Award winners.

Follow IRC's board Alex Award Winners on Pinterest.

June 9, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 8, 2016

June 7, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

June 6, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

IRC Summer Hours

IRC Summer hours resume Monday, June 6, 2016.
Exceptions to regular operating hours are posted on the IRC web site. The IRC is closed daily from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for lunch.

  • Monday through Thursday:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday:  8:00 am to noon
  • Saturday & Sunday:  Closed

May 20, 2016

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Monday, May 23rd through Friday, June 3rd.

Regular summer hours resume. Monday, June 6th.
A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

May 19, 2016

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

May 18, 2016

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.