Featured Library: University of Cincinnati Walter C. Langsam Library

The University of Cincinnati Libraries provide access to library services through 13 libraries across their various campuses.

OhioLINK recently spoke with the library director to learn more about the services and resources they provide:

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

  1. World renowned John Miller Burnam Classical Library. Graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars, including the numerous Tytus Scholars, regard the Burnam Classical Library as an excellent research facility both because of the collection’s breadth, including many titles that are not widely found in other U.S. library collections, and the fact that materials on all subjects pertinent to Classics are available within this one library, making research as convenient as possible for scholars.
  2. The state-of-the-art Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library was recently ranked 14th among the most impressive university medical school libraries in the world according to The Best Master’s Degrees Reviews and Rankings
  3. Collections: Our collections of over 4.4 million items support the research and academic needs of the University of Cincinnati. Our special collections provide unique information to researchers and scholars worldwide. Noteworthy special collections include:  Elliston Poetry Room and Collection: a 20th-century English poetry collection of over 10,000 books, magazines, records and recordings; Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions: a collection of rare books on the history of medicine, archives of internationally prominent medical figures including Albert B. Sabin, historic photographs and medical artifacts and instruments; German-Americana Collection: one of the nation's largest collections of books, pamphlets, documents, journals, newspapers and manuscripts pertaining to German-American history, literature and culture; Oesper History of Chemistry Collections: includes the Oesper Collection of Prints and Portraits containing 2,000 items dating from 1600-1959, and the Collection of Books and Journals in the History of Chemistry, a research-level collection of over 3,200 journals and monographs dating from 1600-1920; University Archives: comprise the largest portion of the library's holdings and documents the history and activities of the University of Cincinnati from its origins in the Cincinnati College, founded in 1819; Rare Books Collection: While containing rare books of every genre, the areas of subject strength are North American Indians, early travel and exploration, 18th century British literature and the history of the book; the Urban Studies Collection documents the development of the city in 20th and 21st century America, particularly in Greater Cincinnati, which serves as a case study area; Digital Collections: this growing area of collections development includes Cincinnati Birth and Death Records; Cincinnati Subway and Street Improvements, 1916-1955; Dale Warland Singers Concert Program Archive, and the Architecture and Urban Planning Collection among many more. 

What’s the most popular spot in your library for students and patrons?

While all 13 libraries at the University of Cincinnati are popular among each college’s students, UC’s central library is the Walter C. Langsam Library and it is a popular meeting and working space for all students. The busy 4th floor houses the main service desk, the Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) and library classrooms. It is also the main gathering point for students collaborating or using a library computer. The 5th and 6th floors offer group and individual study rooms, as well as quite areas for those seeking a place to concentrate. 

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

The University of Cincinnati is a founding member of OhioLINK.

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