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Finding Fiction: Our Friend OhioLINK

The OhioLINK Catalog


To go directly to the OhioLINK catalog, click the link conveniently located just under the BGSU Catalog link on the library's homepage. Clicking Advanced keyword search will take you to a screen very similar to the search page we've been using in the examples in this guide.

* Want additional detailed information about OhioLINK requests?

* Want to know how many items you can check out at once?

* Have a question? Contact the Circulation Desk at 419-372-2051 or email

Looking Beyond BGSU

OhioLINK takes your search beyond the BGSU catalog and into the catalogs of nearly 100 other college and university libraries in Ohio, as well as into the catalogs of a couple major public libraries.This gives you access to a vast collection of fiction.

If you get no results in your BGSU catalog search, or if the book you want isn't available, look for the teal Search OhioLINK button on your results list.

OhioLINK tab

As an example, let's say you want a copy of Persepolis. You want the book, not the film, so you do a TITLE  search for persepolis, then set the Material Type to BOOK.

Search results screenshot

The copy with a Location of Main Lib-1st Floor is currently checked out, and the copy in the Popular Culture Library is LIB USE ONLY, meaning that you can't check it out. We could click Search OhioLINK here, but our search will be carried over without being limited to books; we'd get a lot of film results. So first, let's click the title of the first result.


First result screenshot

This is exactly what we want. Now click on Search OhioLINK to find this exact item in OhioLINK's catalog.


OhioLink catalog search screenshot

It looks like 10 OhioLINK libraries have a copy. Clicking on that line will show you more information, including the statuses of those items. Make sure that at least one copy has a status of AVAILABLE, then click REQUEST THIS ITEM, choose Bowling Green from the list of institutions, and fill in your BGSU username and password. Setting the Pickup Location to Jerome Library will have the book delivered to the main circulation desk in 2-5 days. You'll get an email when your book arrives.

Books that you request through OhioLINK  usually arrive in 2-5 business days and can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time, with up to 4 renewals. However, if someone else places a hold on a book that you've checked out, you won't be able to renew it. Fines for overdue OhioLINK items are $.50 per day per item, and charges are very high if you lose a book, so take care of your OhioLINK items!

  • What if even OhioLINK doesn't have what you want? Your next stop should probably be the public library.


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