Featured Library: Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library

Jerome Library prides itself in being the heart of Bowling Green State University’s academic community. Originally called Bowling Green State University Library, the building was constructed in 1965 to support the university’s expansion. In 1982, the library was renamed in honor of William Travers Jerome III who served as the sixth president of BGSU. It includes a collection of more than six million items. Jerome Library is nationally known for its special collections in pop culture, pop music, and the Great Lakes.

OhioLINK recently spoke with Jerome Library director, Sara Bushong, about what makes the library special.

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. The user-centered library faculty and staff is a point of pride for the University Libraries at BGSU. They are always willing to go above and beyond to serve our users.
  2. Another point of pride are the Archival Collections and Branches Department that includes the Browne Popular Culture Library, the Center for Archival Collections, the Curriculum Resource Center and the Music Library and Schurk Sound Archives hold many unique treasures that enhance the curriculum and invite scholars to research within the collections.
  3. Finally, the Learning Commons is a point of pride with its support of academic excellence through writing consultations, math and statistics tutoring, supplemental instruction and subject tutoring.

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

The seventh floor study area is the most popular spot in the library and has been completely overhauled and refreshed as of this past summer. In addition, we have enhanced the reference and information desk area by adding reservable small and larger group study rooms.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

BGSU is a founding member of OhioLINK – 1988.

To learn more about the Bowling Green State University Libraries: