Members of the public are welcome to visit the library and use any of our services in-person. A courtesy card allows community members to borrow materials from Jerome Library or Firelands Library.
Courtesy card patrons can access their library account online here: Courtesy Card Patron Information Enter your name in the format Last Name, First Name and the number beginning with R on your card.
To request a book from BGSU library to be picked up at the Jerome Library or Firelands Library circulation desk, start your search at this link: BGSU Catalog for Courtesy Card Users
Students taking classes as part of SAGE (Senior Adults Grants Program) or ELS Language Center should not apply for a courtesy card. Instead, see circulation desk staff to register for a library account with student privileges.
The charge for a courtesy card is $25 per year; this charge is waived if you are a member of the Friends of the University Libraries, a member of the President's Club, or if you received a degree from BGSU.
Online access to library resources such as e-books and databases is not available off-campus. You may use the computers in the library to do online research, but our licenses prohibit us from allowing off-campus access to non-affiliated patrons, including alumni. You may have access to some similar online resources through your local public library.
For assistance, please contact the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!
Overview of services available to any member of the public (no courtesy card needed)
Overview of services available to members of the public who have a courtesy card
|Material Type||Fine per day||Replacement fee if lost|
|BGSU book, media||
|Price of book, plus $36 processing fee|
|OhioLINK book, media||
50 cents/day for first 30 days
$50 after 30 days
|$110, plus any accrued fines|
|SearchOhio book, media||
50 cents/day for first 30 days
To renew any checked out items, you can:
At the end of each semester (roughly mid-May, mid-August, and mid-December), all books must be presented in person in order to be renewed.
A courtesy card allows you to borrow books through or .
To request a book from OhioLINK or SearchOhio, click the request button, indicate that you are affiliated with Bowling Green, and then use the boxes on the right side of the screen to enter your last name and the ID number from your card, which is an R followed by 10 digits. Choose which library you would like the book to be sent to. You can pick up OhioLINK books at any OhioLINK library. SearchOhio books can only be picked up at Jerome or Firelands library.
Courtesy card patrons are limited to five items at a time from OhioLINK and SearchOhio libraries. This includes books on their way from the lender to BGSU, books you have checked out, and books on their way from BGSU back to the lender.
OhioLINK books check out for three weeks and may be renewed up to six times, as long as no holds have been placed on the book. SearchOhio books check out for three weeks and may be renewed up to three times.
Alumni courtesy card patrons may check out 50 items at any time. This includes up to five books from OhioLINK.
Non-alumni courtesy card patrons may check out 10 books at any time. This includes up to five books from OhioLINK.
|Special collections items that CAN be checked out||Special Collections items that CANNOT be checked out|
|Music Library Open Stacks||Music Closed Stacks (CDs, Records, DVDs, selected books)|
|CRC Textbooks||Pop Culture DVDs|
|CRC Juvenile Literature||Course Reserves (Main, Music, CRC, Firelands)|
|CRC Teaching Aids|
|Main Stacks DVDs|