*Welcome to Library Services

This guide will introduce you to the services available at the library.

Policies & Governance

The Fine Print

This page contains the written policies of the library.

Note on Access Policies

NWOSU Library Services’ access policies were created to ensure that each patron may borrow materials for a time long enough to accomplish needed academic tasks, yet short enough to ensure that materials are available to other members of the university community who may wish to use them.

See our page on Borrowing for loan limits.

Challenges to Library Materials

The librarians and staff of the Northwestern Libraries support freedom of speech in accordance with the United States Constitution and the guidelines of the American Library Association (ALA). All materials in the libraries have been selected using established criteria; therefore, some materials may be offensive to some individuals. For further reading, see the:

Children in the NWOSU Libraries

The Northwestern Libraries' collections and services were developed for its community of academic users. Therefore, not all materials are appropriate for K12 students. The libraries operate within an adult, unsupervised environment. The library staff is not responsible for unsupervised children. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver, or must be under the supervision of a public school- or university-sponsored activity previously arranged with the library staff. Unsupervised children may speak to a librarian for assistance with information needs.

Children are not allowed in the Library/Study Lounge on the Woodward Campus.

Collection Development Policy

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Libraries' collection development policy, which includes our acquisition policy and deselection policy, is outlined in this document.