Oberlin College Library

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Oberlin College Library
Oberlin College - Mudd Learning Center.jpg
Type Academic library
Established 1833

Oberlin College
148 West College Street

Oberlin, Ohio 44074 United States
Other information
Director Alexia Hudson-Ward
Website Oberlin College Library website

The Oberlin College Library is a library located in Oberlin, Ohio. The recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002, the Oberlin College Library is recognized for superior collections and services. The library system has more than 2.4 million items of print and media materials, as well as extensive online journals and research databases. The library is a member of the OhioLINK consortium which provides rapid access to an additional 50 million volumes from colleges and universities across Ohio.[1]


Under the leadership of college librarian Azariah Smith Root (1887–1927), the Oberlin College Library grew by the end of his tenure to the sixteenth largest academic library in the nation. The former central library, which was funded by Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1908 and served both the college and the town of Oberlin for almost seven decades. The current main library in Mudd Center opened in 1974. The Oberlin College Library, under the direction of Library Director William Andrew Moffett, was a founding member of OCLC and also the first independent college library to join the OhioLINK consortium. The library directors of the Oberlin Group, a national consortium of selective liberal arts college libraries, first met at Oberlin College in 1986.

Facilities and Services[edit]

Azariah's Café in the Academic Commons.

The main library, located in Mudd Center, houses the social sciences and humanities collections, special collections, and the Oberlin College Archives. The library system also encompasses the Conservatory Library, the Clarence Ward Art Library, the Science Library, and a central storage facility. The Academic Commons on the main level of Mudd Center, opened in 2007, is a hub of social and academic activity. The Commons features an electronic classroom, Azariah’s Café, computer workstations, six group study rooms, research and technology assistance, circulation, and the Writing Center.


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Coordinates: 41°17′37″N 82°13′00″W / 41.293714°N 82.216782°W / 41.293714; -82.216782