Shafer Library

Opened in 1968, Shafer Library contains more than 130,000 books, DVDs, bound journals, and government documents. Shafer Library also houses the University’s archives and the collections of Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The children’s book collection is located in the Teacher Resource Center in the Davis Street Building. Additional illustrated children’s books are located in the Mazza Library in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavillion.

Nearly 50 million books and other library materials are available from the 90 member libraries participating in the OPAL and OhioLINK consortiums. These materials can be requested using the UF/Winebrenner Catalog or the OhioLINK Catalog. Access to more than 170 research databases, millions of electronic journal articles, and over 80,000 e-books are available both on- and off-campus using a laptop, table, or other mobile device with a browser. The library’s website provides access to all of these resources, as well as, live chat research assistance, a searchable knowledge bank of frequently asked questions, and research guides that provide the best research resources to use for papers and projects.

Individual and group study rooms are located on the upper and lower floors of Shafer Library. Additional collaborative work space is available on the main floor. Guyer Lounge, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provides an additional space for group work during the day. The lounge serves as a quiet study room after the library closes. Snack and beverage vending machines are located in Guyer Lounge. Beverages in containers with lids and non-greasy/non-aromatic food may also be brought into Shafer Library.