COVID-19 Information and Resources for BGSU Firelands

BGSU Firelands faculty and staff are committed to preparing a campus environment that prioritizes your safety while ensuring a dynamic classroom experience both online and in person.

Our administrative offices have returned to campus-based operations for the fall semester. While this will allow for limited in-person services for most offices, review the information below and call ahead prior to visiting to ensure an appointment is available.

Learn more about the University’s plans, including steps being taken on both campuses to ensure the community’s safety.

Students wishing to speak with their advisor should contact 419-372-0886 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available via phone and web platforms, with limited in-person availability during the academic year for students enrolled in hybrid courses meeting on the Firelands campus.

ENROLLMENT: Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, College Credit Plus
Visitors wishing to tour campus or students with questions on their student account are asked to call 419-372-0607 to reserve an in-person appointment.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Students are asked to call ahead to confirm staff availability; a full schedule of campus activities is planned for the fall 2020 semester as well as ongoing updates to the University’s #BGSUVirtual community engagement page.

Q&A on Textbooks

A: You can automatically find the required textbooks for your courses by going to the MyBGSU Textbooks page. Click on "View Booklist" and then select a semester. 

The textbook website lets you compare prices on books to get the best deal. As we get closer to the beginning of classes, options become more limited and prices can increase. Instructors are adding course materials all of the time so check back if it says your course is awaiting information from the instructor.

A: BGSU does not have a physical bookstore on or off campus. All purchases/book rentals are done online. The textbook website gathers pricing from many retailers to help you search for the best price. The final transaction for the items you add to your cart takes place on the retailer’s website(s). All refunds, returns and questions about your purchase are subject to the seller’s terms and conditions, so you should go through them.  


A: We suggest that students buy textbooks with enough time for the book to arrive before classes start. Many students choose to wait until they see the syllabus or wait until the first class meeting before buying books. That method is less effective this year because students could use reserves from the library while waiting for the item to arrive, and that is not as solid of an option this year.

A: The library will not have physical reserves this year. However, BG has taken some steps to help students. The library has purchased several ebooks for popular BGSU courses. Professors were notified about the purchase and will share that knowledge with their students soon. BGSU is also in the process of scanning high-use reserve items to provide for students. The loan will be limited, like checking out a physical reserve, and uses an electronic delivery method. BGSU will reach out to professors to let them know that their book is available before classes start. BGSU has also moved a limited number of library-owned reserve materials to the stacks in the Jerome Library for a shorter loan. Check what’s in the stacks here.  If the book isn’t available in one of these methods, students can also use OhioLINK to request books from other Ohio libraries . They should start looking now, as many students use this service and books can go fast.

For all other questions, contact us at 419-433-5560 or