Old Dominion University Libraries

Ask-a-Librarian

The Ask-a-Librarian service is intended primarily for the students, faculty and staff of Old Dominion University. For non-affiliated patrons, we can assist if your question concerns the ODU Libraries or some unique resource offered by the ODU Libraries. For non-affiliated general reference questions we recommend your local public library. All patrons, please be aware we cannot give legal, medical, financial, or tax advice.

To speak with a reference librarian, call the Reference Desk (757-683-4178). Check hours here.

Brief, factual or procedural questions will be responded to as quickly as possible by library reference staff. For questions requiring extended library research or instruction we encourage you to arrange a research consultation with one of our subject specialists.


* Required information
Full Name: * A value is required.
Campus Email Address:* Include @odu.edu
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Confirm Email Address:* Include @odu.edu
Affiliation Distance learning site:
(if applicable)
Department Course name: Course type:

Type your question below. Be as detailed as you can. Where have you checked so far?


Remote Access Assistance

If you are experiencing problems logging in through the proxy server please provide your university identification number (UIN) in addition the the information above so we can check our authentication system.

Confidentiality of e-mail reference service users will be strictly maintained.
The library may solicit information from participants in order to evaluate this service.