Clark Memorial Library

About the Library

Library facilities and staff.

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Contact the library by phone Phone: (740) 351- 3255

Contact the library by text Text: (740) 313-4333

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Borrowing Materials

Clark Memorial Library has a large collection of books available for checkout, covering a vast array of subjects. If you are a student, please see this page regarding borrowing materials; if you are faculty, please see this page. For all other patrons, please see below for information regarding access to our materials.

Different Types of Cards

Clark Memorial Library offers different types of cards, depending on the patron's status. Here is an overview of the different types of cards available:


Former students who have completed 12 or more credit hours at the university are eligible to checkout items from the SSU Library and OhioLINK.

  • Access library resources, Office Software, and more on a public workstation
  • Copiers are available at a cost of $.10 a copy and color copies copies $.25
  • The staff at the Service Desk is happy to answer questions about Alumni Borrowing privileges

Borrowing Privileges

  • Alumni may checkout 10 items during the same loan period.  5 additional items may be borrowed from OhioLINK. 
  • Books are checked out for 21 days and non-print items for 7 days.
  • Items may be renewed if no other user has requested them. Renewals may be made via the library website here, or over the phone at 740.351.3255.
  • Overdue items must be renewed, returned or paid for before additional items may be borrowed.
  • Magazines, microfilm, media, and reference books may be used in the Library.

Visiting Borrowers

The Shawnee State University Library is also pleased to extend library privileges to individuals affiliated with OhioLINK member libraries when visiting the Clark Memorial Library. SSU items may be borrowed upon presentation of current campus identification.

  • All public citizens may use the Clark Memorial library building, library resources, and a designated public computer for research purposes.
  • Access to electronic databases and Microsoft OFFICE word processing and spreadsheet software is also provided on the public workstation.
  • Access to the Clark Memorial Library catalog and web page and OhioLINK catalog is available.
  • Copiers are available at a cost of 10¢ a copy; color copies are 25¢.

Community Members

Any member of the public may receive a Clark Memorial Library card. To do so, simply come into the library with a photo ID and fill out a registration form.

The privileges available to community members with a borrower's card are the same privileges extended to Alumni (see above).

Visiting Student Borrowers

Clark Memorial Library can work with high schools to offer borrowing privileges to the high school's students. If your high school has arranged this benefit for you, simply bring your information sheet and card to the Service Desk, and we can set your account up. The borrowing privileges available to visiting student borrowers are the same privileges extended to community member card holders and alumni (see above).

Retired Faculty / Staff

Retired faculty and staff may also use the Clark Memorial Library's resources, including checking out materials. Retired faculty and staff may check out most books for 21 days, and media for 7 days.