At this time, Rentschler Library is open to Miami University students, staff, and faculty. Our Community Users may continue to access our collection by requesting that materials be sent to the Hamilton Curbside location for pick up. Community Users can continue to get reference assistance from the library staff via chat, phone, or email. Please see the Rentschler Library Services during COVID-19 guide or contact the library staff for more information.

Borrowing Books from Rentschler Library

Community users at least 18 years of age are welcome to borrow up to 5 books at a time from the Rentschler Library collection after obtaining a Community Borrower’s Card. Please see our Borrowing Policy for more information.

Your Rentschler Library Community Borrower’s card also enables you to request items from Gardner-Harvey Library in Middletown, from SWORD (the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository), and through OhioLINK. However, you will not be able to borrow materials from the University Libraries in Oxford unless you become a member in the “Affiliated Patrons of the Libraries,” at a cost of $25. per year. Please contact King Library’s Dean’s Office at (513) 529-2800 for more information about this program.

Visitors from other OhioLINK Libraries can also borrow books from our collection by bringing a current and active ID from their home institution.

Computer Usage

Library staff can log library visitors that are at least 18 years of age onto a public computer station. Please note that the primary purpose of public computers in the Libraries is to provide Miami students, faculty, and staff access to information that supports research, instruction, and the dissemination of scholarship. Consequently, Miami-affiliated clients receive priority in the use of the Libraries’ public computers. Should all computers be in use, non-affiliated clients will be asked to relinquish their computer. Please see our complete Use of Public Workstations Policy for more information.

Printing and Copying

Black-and-white printing costs $.10 per page/side, and color printing costs $.25 per page/side. Black-and-white or color copies can be made using the printer/photocopier for the same prices. Miami guests and students not currently enrolled in classes can purchase a MUlaa card from the MUlaa machine on the 1st floor of Schwarm Hall (black box on the wall across from the elevator). The cost of the reusable card is $1, and then sufficient money must be added to the card to pay for the number of pages being printed/copied. The MUlaa machine accepts cash only in $1, $5, $10, and $20 increments; the machine does not supply change.

Children in the Library

Children are welcome to visit the library as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver and under appropriate supervision, and are considerate of other patrons using the library. Teens over the age of 16 may use the library unattended after a parent or guardian has visited the library to fill out a “Library Use” form authorizing him/her to come to the library unsupervised and confirming the receipt of a copy of the library’s “User Behavior Policy.” More details about children using the library are described in our “Policy on Unattended Children.”

Alumni Access to the Library

Miami alumni who wish to borrow books from Rentschler Library will need to fill out a Community Borrower’s Card application. This card grants alumni the same privileges and obligations as Community Borrowers. Please see our “Community Borrowers” policy for more information.

The Alumni Association provides access for alumni to some online databases. More details are available on the Alumni Association page.