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Welcome, Students!: Books, Movies, Journals, Puppets...

How Do I Find Books?

Too small? Click in the screen icon in the lower right-hand corner for full-screen mode.

This quick video shows you how to find a book when you know its title. If you're just looking for books about a topic, leave the search set to Keyword instead of Title.

No matter what kind of search you do, you need to check the Location of a book, make sure it's Available, and write down the call number so that you can find it. Clicking the Map It button will show you where the book is in the building—very handy!

If you can't find what you want here (or if you can't check it out), try OhioLINK. You can request books from all over the state and have them delivered to our library.

Can I Check Out My Textbooks?

Sometimes! If your professor put a copy of your textbook on reserve, you're pretty much set (though you may not be able to check it out for more than a few hours at a time).

If your book isn't on reserve, you may still be able to get a copy through us. Check out this guide we've put together to help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks every semester.

My Professor Says I Need Three Articles...

As a BGSU student, you have access to more than 250 databases packed with scholarly articles and more. Sometimes you can get a PDF file of the article you want from the database you're searching in; other times, you'll have to use the Find It! button to get a copy. Watch a quick demonstration.

You might also find what you're looking for in print, particularly if you need an article that's very recent or published more than ten years ago. The Periodicals section on the first floor of Jerome Library has journals, magazines, and newspapers. Feel free to browse!

Special Collections

Click on each floor to explore our special collections.