Checking Out Materials

Borrowing materials is limited to users with a valid OSU id card (current faculty, staff, and students), an OSU Libraries Courtesy Card, or a valid ID from any OhioLINK or Big Ten Academic Alliance institution.

Using the Catalog

Search the OSU catalog for books, ebooks, and other materials owned by OSU Libraries at our Columbus and regional campuses.

  • Digital items, such as ebooks and digital content, can be viewed online directly from the catalog.

    See Article Express for requesting document delivery of scholarly articles from OSU's collection or elsewhere.

  • Physical items (such as books, DVDs, or CDs) can be requested online for delivery.

    You may place requests for most items with a status of “available” or “checked out.” Non-circulating items, such as reference materials, magazines and newspapers, or Special Collections items must be used in the library.

    To check out an item, click Request This Item and sign in with your name and University/OSU ID. Then, choose a pickup location from the dropdown list of options. Timeframe info linked.

  • You can also check out physical items in person either by browsing the stacks or by using the catalog to find an item’s location and status.

Searching Beyond the OSU Catalog

If the book you need is not available or not listed in the OSU Libraries Catalog:

  • Search the statewide OhioLINK catalog next. Click on the blue "OhioLINK catalog" button at the top of the OSU catalog results page.
  • If the book isn't available in OhioLINK, search the statewide SearchOhio Catalog next. Click on the "SearchOhio" button at the top of the OhioLINK catalog results page.
  • See Interlibrary Loan for details on requesting materials from beyond OSU, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.