Non-Local Library Visits

All non local  Library Visits require pre Registration. You can book a Library Visit by contacting the registration team.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the registration department by email or fax.

Transportation Costs for participants unless otherwise noted

1 University of Cincinnati Libraries (Onsite Booking Only)

Location: Walter C. Langsam Library, 2911 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Time: Depart Columbus at 08:00 and return at 17:00

University of Cincinnati Libraries

UC Libraries invites 30-50 visitors to visit Cincinnati to tour our libraries and meet librarians, staff and students as well as to see our world-class collections, impressive facilities and student-centered services.  The group will convene in the Walter C. Langsam Library for a tour of our main library with demonstrations of newly renovated spaces and services such as the Student Technology Resources Center, technology-enabled group study rooms, innovative e-learning classrooms. The group will enjoy lunch and a reception with librarians and staff, student workers, UC officials and other guests.  Visitors may then choose to tour other UC libraries including the College-Conservatory of Music, Classics and Archives and Rare Books located in the historic Blegen Library; the Design, Architecture, Art & Planning Library; College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Library; College of Engineering and Applied Science Library and the Health Sciences Library.

This tour is offered free of charge to participants.

2 The Libraries of University Circle

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 19:00

Cleveland Clinic Library

The Cleveland Clinic Library supports 1200+ bed non-profit academic medical center, including international staff, trainees, observers, and patients and also supports library resources and services for the eight regional hospitals of the Cleveland Clinic Health System, as well as Cleveland Clinic sites in Florida, Canada, and Abu Dhabi.
It has an extensive collection of print and online resources and links to key online resources are embedded in the Electronic Medical Record.

Cleveland Institute of Art Library

Supports art studio-intensive undergraduate program at this private art and design school. Documents the major participants, events, and trends of international contemporary fine arts, photography and video, crafts, graphic and industrial design, illustration and animation, and digital arts and new media.

Harold Terry Clark Library – Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Large collection of books covering all areas of natural history, including paleontology, archaeology, physical anthropology, astronomy, botany, entomology, ecology, geology, and natural history art. First edition, double-elephant folio Birds of America by John James Audubon on permanent display in the Library.

Ingalls Library – Cleveland Museum of Art

The Ingalls Library is a nationally recognized art research library serving museum staff, students, faculty, researchers worldwide and the general public. The library maintains a collection of 500.000+ items (curated over the past 100 years to reflect the museum’s art collection and changing art historical research trends).

Robinson Music Library – Cleveland Institute of Music

Supports the curriculum and special programs of the Conservatory and Preparatory Divisions of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Joint Music Program with Case Western Reserve University.
The collection focuses on classical music of the 18th-21st centuries.

Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library

Through its manuscript collections, ethnic archives, and published resources, the library documents the many facets of the history of Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio including religion, politics, immigration, gender, ethnicity, transportation, business, labor, war, philanthropy, medicine, leisure, and countless other dimensions of life in the region. Holds several collections that are national in scope, including: extensive materials covering religion in America during the 19th century, featuring a world-renowned collection of Shaker materials and the William P. Palmer Civil War collection, covering slavery, Abraham Lincoln, and the American Civil War.

Cleveland Health Sciences Library

Comprised of two facilities:
Allen Memorial Medical Library (including the Dittrick Medical History Center) houses materials on clinical medicine and surgery, public health, health services administration, legal medicine, and the history of medicine.
Health Center Library covers the life sciences, biology, dentistry, nursing, and nutrition.

Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum

The Dittrick Medical History Center is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. Internationally notable collections at the Dittrick include endoscopy, medical images, and contraception. Strengths in their rare books include Freud, Darwin, dermatology, obstetrics, surgery, and anatomy, as well as the library of Nicolas Pol, Renaissance physician to the Holy Roman Emperor.
The Percy Skuy Collection includes a wide range of contraception items, prototypes, and manufacturing devices, comprising the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical contraceptive devices (numbering over 650 artifacts).

The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library

The library has supported the curriculum, instructional needs, and scholarly research of the students, faculty, and staff of the Case School of Law for nearly 125 years. Holdings include more than 410,000 books and volume equivalents, complete collections of federal and state law, law reviews, specialized legal treatises, a British and Commonwealth collection, and a Canadian

Kelvin Smith Library

Main library supporting the teaching and research of Case Western Reserve University. As the university’s information laboratory for knowledge connection, collection, curation and creation, KSL is the destination for students, faculty, staff and alumni to meet, explore, discover and collaborate. The Case Western Reserve University Archives, Kulas Music Library and the Astronomy Library are also part of KSL.
Lillian and Milford Harris Library at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University
Harris Library is the oldest social work library in the country and one of a small handful of libraries that are administered by a school of social work. The collection consists of approximately 40.000 books and pamphlets, 325 journal titles and 700 media items.

3 Academic and Public Libraries Tour

Location: Dayton, Ohio
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 17:00

Dayton Metro Library

DML is in the midst of a 5-year system-wide facilities upgrade, including rebuilding the Main Library and constructing 16 new or renovated Branches.  The tour will focus on the Main Library in Downtown Dayton which will have recently opened.  This 150.000 sq. ft. facility was designed to deliver 21st century library services with more meeting and gathering areas, the latest technology, flexible spaces for innovative programming and community partnerships, a light-filled atrium, theater, and more.

University of Dayton Libraries

The University of Dayton Libraries include Roesch Library, University Archives and Special Collections, and the Marian Library (the world’s largest collection of materials on the Blessed Virgin Mary).  Roesch Library, the main library for the university, recently completed significant renovations including a new facade, a collaborative reference and research consultation space shared with the University’s writing center, and a new technology rich classroom/meeting space.  The tour will focus on these spaces and selected special collections.

4 Cuyahoga County Public Library

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 19:00

 Garfield Heights, Warrensville Heights, South Euclid, Orange and Parma-Snow

In the last four years, Cuyahoga County Public Library has opened nine new replacement branches and renovated nine existing branches.  The day long tour will include five of the new branches ranging from 15.000 to 41.000 square feet.  The new facilities are focused on flexibility, sustainability, convenience and efficiency.  See engaging youth spaces, digital and audio recording studios, a variety of meeting facilities and quiet and cozy reading areas.  The tour will include a visit to the system’s William N. Skirball Writers Center.  See and learn about raised access flooring, a green roof, business incubator spaces and a black box auditorium.  Hear from the architects and library leadership team responsible for the projects.  Lunch will be provided.

5 Tour of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 17:00

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Founded in 1853, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been recognized with a National Medal for Museum and Library Services and consistently receives a five-star rating from Library Journal.  In 2013, the Library was the 6th busiest in the country and with 41 locations totaling more than 900.000 square feet of space there’s plenty to see.
We’ll start our tour at the Main Library which includes a digital services department, a MakerSpace, and an outstanding Rare Books collection with two must-see treasures; an Audubon Birds of America, double-elephant folio valued at more than USD 12 million and an interactive display of the 1848 panorama daguerreotype of the Cincinnati riverfront, the earliest known image of riverboats.
Following the tour of the Main Library we’ll enjoy unique Cincinnati foods before departing to visit two branch libraries; a new branch constructed in 2015 and a historic 1895 home renovated in 2015.

6 Cleveland Rocks Tour: Cleveland Public Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 17:00

Cleveland Public Library, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

Join us on the North Coast for an exciting adventure in Downtown Cleveland.  Start the day at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) with a welcome reception and continental breakfast followed by a tour of the third largest public research library in the United States.  Highlights include CPL’s TechCentral and MakerSpace, the Cleveland Digital Public Library and Preservation Lab and the Special Collections Department which houses the world’s largest collection of chess literature and a Rare Books Collection of over 74.000 volumes.  After lunch on your own, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives rolls out the red carpet with a behind-the-scenes tour. Archives professionals escort you into state-of-the-art vaults to see numerous treasures of rock and roll history, including handwritten lyrics and set lists, diaries and letters, rare posters and handbills, photographs, and unique audio and video recordings.

7 The Magnificent Main Library/Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (limited to 30 participants)

Location: 325 Michigan St. downtown
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 17:00

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Libraries are gems of the communities they serve.  State of the art services are offered in beautiful, varied, and well-maintained facilities. The Main Library at 325 Michigan St. in downtown Toledo is especially distinguished for the balance between its rich historical and modern architecture.  The exterior and interior preserves the art deco design of the original building completed in 1940.  An addition, completed in 2001 complements the original building and boasts a soaring glass atrium. In both the Central Court and Children’s areas are stunning glass Vitrolite murals comprised of more than 80 colors.  The library also contains original picture book art, sculptures, including “Reeds,” by Dale Chihuly, a well-known American glass sculptor and “Make U” where customers create their own content. The Blade Rare Book Room is not to be missed. Main Library features an on-site café, as well as the “Classics Gift Shop.”

8 Oberlin College Library Tour (On-Site Booking Only)

Location: Main Library, Mudd Center, 148 West College Street, Oberlin, OH  44074
Time: Depart Columbus at 8:00 and return at 17:00

Oberlin College Library

Oberlin College combines a highly selective liberal arts college with an outstanding undergraduate professional school of music. The recipient of the prestigious ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002, the Oberlin College Library has one of the largest and finest undergraduate collections in the nation.  Total holdings for the library system exceed 2.4 million items. The Oberlin College Library consists of a main library, conservatory library, art library, and science library.  Collections of particular note include East Asian, music, art, Special Collections, and Archives.  Tours will be tailored to the interests of individuals/groups from the IFLA conference.  Up to 13 people can be accommodated in the van traveling to & from Oberlin on August 19.
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9 Library Tour in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky

Location: Kentucky
Time: Depart Columbus at 7:00 and return at 19:00

Keeneland Library, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington Public Library

The tour will arrive at the Keeneland Library, the foremost repository for research about the Thoroughbred industry.  A complimentary lunch will be provided in a Keeneland Race Course Dining Room overlooking the famous track.  After lunch, the tour proceeds to the Lexington Public Library, a spacious building with a beautiful art gallery, a theatre and a lobby featuring a Foucault pendulum.  The next stop is the William T. Young Library on the University of Kentucky campus.  The main library at the University, Young Library is the hub for campus activities.  As you leave Lexington, you will drive through the Kentucky Horse Park to enjoy its expansive paddocks and grazing horses.  You will fully appreciate why Lexington is called the Horse Capital of the World.
Tour is limited to 35 participants.