The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory is located in the Research Center, a single-story building on OSU's west campus in Columbus.  The space includes faculty, staff, and student office space, small-group meeting space, a computer lab, a wet lab, a dry lab, outdoor pools, and boat and equipment storage space.

The AEL maintains its own small library at the Research Center. Library collections deal primarily with ecological subjects with an emphasis in aquatic ecology. Our library houses the core journals critical to our field of research, reprints of recent research by AEL partners, theses and dissertations of both the AEL and the former Ohio Cooperative Fish Research Unit students, books covering a wide range of subjects, and recent final reports of research conducted for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, under the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration.