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Getting your Questions Answered

During the closure of Carlson Library and Mulford Library during the COVID-19 situation, in person reference services will not be available.  Please contact us by e-mail, chat, or phone. 

Some service notes: OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan book delivery has been suspended until further notice. However, chapter and article requests from Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad are still being processed electronically for PDF delivery.

The librarians are here to help you use the library to its fullest.  Please don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian any questions!

The reference librarians at UToledo are here to help connect you to the information you need.  We offer many services in order to meet the information needs of a variety of different patrons, whether you are a student, an instructor, a staff member, clinician, or the general public.  We can help you locate materials in our collections or at other libraries, use a variety of reference books, indexes, and databases, and can assist you in finding effective search strategies to streamline your research. 

Individual Reference Appointments

Reference librarians are also available by appointment for one-on-one reference consultation and instruction.  Scheduling an appointment allows librarians time to provide in-depth help with your research. 

To set up an Individual Appointment:

  • On the Main Campus, contact your subject specialist
  • On the Health Science Campus, please use this form to schedule an individual appointment.

Literature Searches for HSC Faculty, Staff & Residents

As a service to their faculty, residents, and staff, the reference librarians at Mulford Library provide a service where they can search the literature for you on a specific topic.  Please see the Mulford Library Reference page for details.

By Phone

Reference librarians also answer questions over the telephone. Telephone numbers for reference questions are:  

  • Carlson Library:   (419) 530-2325
  • Mulford Health Science Library: (419) 383-4218
  • LaValley Law Library, (419) 530-2946. 

Please remember, however, that the person in the library comes first; we may be away from the phone helping another patron. Please leave a message on our voice mail system with your question and a number where we can reach you.

By E-mail

The reference librarians also answer questions submitted through the web or by e-mail:

Questions will be answered within two working days, usually faster.

Chat with a Librarian: Health Science Campus

To chat with a librarian at the Mulford Library, see the Ask a Health Science Librarian page.

Chat with a Librarian: Main Campus

Chat with a librarian in the Carlson Library Reference Department.  If we are not online, see below for alternate means to contact us. 

Our chat service requires javascript. Please leave a message at askit@utnet.utoledo.edu or 419-530-2325.

For information on how to reach us in person, by phone, or by e-mail, see the Ask a Librarian page.