Clark Memorial Library offers a range of student resources


Shawnee State University’s Clark Memorial Library offers a wide range of academic resources to support students. The library provides access to publications and other materials to support research projects, as well as other support services. The library does is designed to help students, and it is a great place to go if you feel you’re stuck in your research or need a place to study.


The Chronicle recently sat down with Marla Beebe, a research and instruction librarian, to discuss the resources available through the library. In the conversation, she covered a range of in-person and online services, which are detailed below. All students are encouraged to use any services available to them. There is no charge for any of the resources listed.

“We want students to know that the librarians and library staff are here to help them if they have any questions,” Beebe said. “They can come in and ask us anything. We are here to support them in their academic research and classes. If you need us, please come.”

Physical Library Resources

Circulating Section: The circulating section is the books located within the library. Students can check these books out for research. In addition, you can look at the library’s website to see what is available to check out.

Laptops and Desktops: The library also offers students desktops on the first floor. You can check out a laptop if you want to go elsewhere in the library. These laptops can only be used in the library.

Popular Reading Selection: These are some popular non-academic books students can check out and read. They can also be browsed on the library’s website.

Quiet Floor: The top floor of the library is the quiet floor. It is a location for students to study in silence.

Study Rooms: These are rooms located on the first floor designed for study groups. (Individuals can also use them.) They have whiteboards and TVs.

Online Resources

Career Collection: This collection contains information on different careers and can be found on the library’s website.

Databases: You can access hundreds of databases as a Shawnee State University student. All of these databases can be found on the library’s website. Some are generic and have a host of information, while others focus solely on a particular subject.

Discovery Services: This allows you to access multiple databases at one time. Once you click the link, you will see a search bar. Make sure “Discovery” is selected at the top.

LibKey Nomad: This service is a browser extension available to students. Once you download it, you will see a green icon beside all articles you have access to as a student at Shawnee. If you’re on a website not associated with Shawnee and see that icon, you can download that article in PDF form for free. This can be helpful for students who need content from a site that otherwise requires payment to access their catalog.

OhioLINK: This service allows you to request books from other universities in the state of Ohio. You will receive it in three to five days if it’s available in the catalog.

Research Appointments: If you’re stuck and have no clue where to go in your research, the librarians are more than happy to help you. You can make an appointment to work with them in order to find research for your paper. This is a beneficial resource for anyone struggling to find research or who isn’t sure where to begin.

Research Guides: The library offers guides for different subjects. They will direct you to resources and services that may be helpful for that specific subject.

Research Tutorials: The library also has a YouTube channel that features different tutorials for using the resources at the library.

Other Resources Located Within The Library

Center for Public History: This is a new resource started by Shawnee State University’s Dr. Andrew Feight. It has tons of information on local history for students.

IT Service: Located on the bottom floor, IT Service offers support for anything technology-related. It is the place to go if you’re having trouble with campus Wi-Fi or online services.

The Writing Center: If you need help with writing, the Writing Center is the place to go. The center offer speer tutoring for students.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.