Walter C. Langsam Library

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The Walter C. Langsam Library, the central library, contains over 1,000,000 volumes in the social sciences and humanities, as well as over 200,000 volumes in government depository collections of state, federal and international documents. Many library services are housed in Langsam Library, including LibraryIT, Library Instruction and general reference services. The Writing Center, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L) and the Faculty Enrichment Center call Langsam home.

The Desk @ Langsam 

Situated to your left as you enter Langsam Library's ground level (the 4th floor,) staff and student assistants at The Desk @ Langsam assist users with finding titles and resources, checking out materials, answering their questions about, well, anything, and learning more about what UC Libraries has to offer the UC community.

A book drop for the return of materials can be found in the outer lobby of Langsam and in the plaza outside of the revolving door.

For additional questions, assistance and more information: E-mail or visit the Contact Us web page.

Langsam Spaces & Access to Technology

Langsam Library offers a variety of spaces for learning, studying, creating, working with a small group or taking a break between classes. Highlights include:

  • 13 larger group study rooms (four with technology), 5th and 6th floors - available first come-first served
  • Small group/individual study rooms, 5th and 6th floors - available first come-first served
  • Quiet Study spaces along the peripheral of the 5th and 6th floors
  • Langsam Living Room, 4th floor - a variety of seating and study spaces
  • Starbucks @ Langsam, 4th floor
  • Langsam 451 - an inclusive prayer and meditation room courtesy of Student Government
  • Video Editing Suite, Sound Isolation Booth and Green Room, 4th floor
  • Access to UC's Wepa printing network and computer workstations provided by IT@UC, 4th floor
  • A public access terminal for visitor, 4th floor behind the Security Guard station
  • Adaptive Technologies, 4th floor


Langsam Library Fall Semester 2022

Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, December 10, 2022

Users entering after The Desk closes must be affiliated with UC and present their Bearcat Card/photo ID.

Langsam Library Fall Semester Hours
Day  Desk  Building 
Monday 8 am - 8 pm 8 am - midnight
Tuesday 8 am - 8 pm 8 am - midnight
Wednesday  8 am - 8 pm 8 am - midnight
Thursday 8 am - 8 pm 8 am - midnight
Friday 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 10 pm
Saturday Noon - 5 pm Noon - 10 pm
Sunday Noon - 8 pm Noon - midnight

Exam Week Hours

Extended Exam Hours – Monday, Nov 28 through Thursday, Dec 8: 

  • The building will close at 2am. 
  • Open normal hour of each day. 
  • Desk will maintain normal hours listed above.

Other Hours Adjustments

  • Friday, December 9, 2022 - Desk and building open 8am - 5pm.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 - Desk and building open 12 - 5pm.

Users seeking assistance during our desk hours should call (513)556-1424. Users can also seek assistance via our Chat service Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.


Langsam Library Winter Break Hours

December 12 - 22, 2022

CLOSED Friday, December 23, 2022 through Monday, January 3, 2023

January 3 - 6, 2023

Day  Desk  Building 
Monday 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday  8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Friday 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

Langsam Library News

UC Libraries closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The University of Cincinnati Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving, with some locations closed the remainder of the holiday weekend and many library locations closing early on Wednesday, November 23 at 5pm. Check … Continue reading

Contact and Address

Walter C. Langsam Library
2911 Woodside Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-1424