Sunday, October 02, 2011

Borrowing from Ohio Public Libraries

Announcing….borrowing from SearchOhio Public Libraries

update: 10/4 -- This is not yet working as advertised! Searches that start in OBIS and are passed through to OhioLINK are currently missing the SearchOhio search option. Searches that start in OhioLINK usually offer the SearchOhio option, although you may need to restart the browser or clear the browser history to get it to display. Technicians are working on the problem!!

Beginning on October 3, the collections of 19 public libraries will be available to OhioLINK users, like yourselves, using the same routines you use now to request materials from OhioLINK. Here are some deets (or read our all the gory details):

How do I make a request?

From the OhioLINK central catalog, you’ll see a SearchOhio icon which will pass current searches through to the SearchOhio catalog or allow you to search the catalog directly. Choose “Request this title” to have available copies delivered here for your use. Currently, you can only have items delivered to Oberlin; you may have OhioLINK materials delivered to any OhioLINK library, but this is not true for SearchOhio materials.

After you’ve requested the item, you can track its progress on your library record the same way you track OhioLINKs, at

How long may I keep the material?

All SearchOhio materials made available for loan, except DVDs, circulate for 3 weeks, with up to 3 renewals, unless another user needs them. DVDs circulation for 1 week, with up to 3 renewals.

What are the fines for overdue materials?

All SearchOhio materials are fined at a rate of $0.50/day. Fines start accruing the first day the material is overdue – no grace period.

What will it cost if I lose the item?

All SearchOhio materials cost $25 to replace. You’ll be charged this if the item becomes 30 days overdue.

Which public libraries are included:

Some of the largest public libraries in Northern Ohio are participating. The complete list is

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Cuyahoga Falls Public Library
Delaware County District Library
Greene County Public Library
Kent Free Library
Louisville Public Library
Mansfield Richland County Public Library
Massillon Public Library
Massillon Askren Branch
Massillon Belloni Branch
Mentor Public Library
Portage County District Library
Reed Memorial Library
Rodman Public Library
Stark County District Library
Toledo-Lucas County Library
Wadsworth Public Library
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
Youngstown & Mahoning County Public Library


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