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Finding materials in Hamma Library

If you need help finding items, please ask at the Circulation Desk. 

  • Finding library materials while on the TLS campus: 

“Circulating items” are those that can be borrowed and are housed upstairs on the second and third floors. Reference materials and current periodicals do not circulate and are shelved on first floor, beyond the Circulation Desk. Inactive subscription and discontinued periodicals are shelved on the third floor. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title. Books are shelved according to their Library of Congress call number.

  • About the "call number": 

The call number is the identification number put on each book to help keep them in order on the shelves. The first sections of the call number represent the subject of the book. The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name. Remember that the decimal changes the arrangement. For example, BX8065 .K75 would be after BX8065 .K6 but before BX8065 .K78. The last section of a call number is often the date of publication.

We prefer that you borrow and return items while you are on campus (rather than shipping them via surface mail). For exceptions, please contact the Circulation Supervisor or Public Services Librarian.


  • Fifty cents per day, per item.
  • OhioLINK item lost charge is $125.00 or more.
  • OhioLINK items can be renewed a maximum of six times. Click for more info about OhioLINK fines.
  • Hamma Library items for Hamma Library patrons do not incur fines, except for lost items.
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2199 E Main St | Columbus, OH 43205
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