Library Services

The Gangwish Library currently serves students, staff and faculty university-wide. All students are welcome to call or e-mail the library for library reference or database assistance. Students can access the Gangwish Library Online by logging on to the University portal at Distance and online students may contact the library to by email or phone to borrow and check out books owned by Gangwish Library and obtain photocopies of articles in print journals owned by the library. To submit questions to the librarians, OU students may use the address or the Ask-a-Librarian link in Virtual Librarian to contact the library..

Interlibrary Loan Services

Inter-library loan services are available to students, staff and faculty through the Gangwish Library. Book interlibrary loan is only available to students, staff and faculty located at the Ottawa and Kansas City sites.  Students, faculty and staff located at ANY of Ottawa’s sites may request that full-text articles be filled for them through interlibrary loan if the article is not available in Ottawa University’s databases. If requesting a full-text article, please contact at least 2 weeks before the date that the requested article (s) are needed, to be sure that the article (s) are received on time.  ILL requests are free and recipients may keep the articles they receive via interlibrary loan.

Library Reserve at the Main Campus

Faculty may place books, periodicals and media on library reserve for students to checkout for 3 hours or overnight. New students must register for a library card at the library front desk using their OUID to checkout library materials.

Laptops in the Library

The Gangwish Library on the Main Campus has wireless access. Students may use their laptops in the library and login to the Ottawa network. Network login information is available at the front desk.  Printing from personal laptops is currently unavailable.

The Gangwish Library Website

The Gangwish Library website provides students with access to the library catalog, hours of operation, databases, information literacy tutorials and a variety of Web research resources. The Gangwish Library website can be found at


Library reference services are available to students via e-mail through this service. Students can click on the ask-a-librarian link on the Gangwish Library website or e-mail the reference desk directly at to request information. Librarians reply to e-mail reference requests within 48 hours.

The Gangwish Library Catalog

The Gangwish Library catalog, can be accessed from the library’s website by clicking on the "Gangwish Library Catalog" link in the "Library Services and Resources" tab under "Search the Gangwish Library Catalog". The catalog lists books available for checkout from the Library, on request.

Ottawa University E-Book Collection

Access to Ottawa University’s e-book collection is available to students through the Ebscohost database via the "Online Library Databases" link on the library page. There are two e-book collections available: Academic Collection and Ebook Collection. Other e-book collections available through the Gangwish Library are: The American Council of Learned Societies database, Credo Reference, Gale Health eReference Collection, Gale Virtual Reference Top 50 and Total Boox.

Gangwish Library Instructional Video Tutorials

The Gangwish Library Page provides students with a link to 2-4 minutes instructional videos that can be accessed via the Gangwish Library YouTube channel or via the links on the Gangwish website.