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OhioLINK/SearchOhio Affiliates Borrowing Privileges

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The colleges and universities participating in OhioLINK have agreed to extend borrowing privileges at their libraries to the faculty, staff, and students of other OhioLINK member institutions. In addition, borrowers with library privileges at SearchOhio libraries are eligible to borrow materials in person at the college libraries.

What circulates?

In-person borrowing is limited to the same portion of the collection and uses the same policies and procedures as direct requesting. Most books, scores, and government documents may be borrowed. Some microfilm is also available for loan. The Oberlin College Library circulates periodicals, sound recordings, video recordings only to Oberlin College students and employees.

Check Out

Check-out is handled through the "Visiting Patron" function of our circulation system.

A current library card from the borrower's home institution is required for check-out. If the institution does not use library cards, a picture ID and the appropriate verification information (usually a barcode number or ID number) are acceptable.

Loan periods and fines


Type of material Loan period Fine rate
Books, Scores & Government Publications    
to OhioLINK faculty and staff
6 weeks $0.50/day
to all others
3 weeks $0.50/day
Conservatory Microfilm library use only n/a
Bound periodicals library use only n/a
Unbound periodicals library use only n/a
Other Microforms library use only n/a
Recordings library use only n/a
Videos/DVDs library use only n/a

Borrowers are responsible for returning library materials in good condition by the due date. Materials may be returned here or are the borrowers' home library.


You may be able to renew materials.  Renewals are handled at the patron's home library.


Loss of privileges

Borrowing privileges may be blocked by the patron's home library. We have no record of the reasons for the loss of privileges, and encourage borrowers to contact their home library to resolve any problems.

Fine payment

All library fines are paid at the patron's home library.

Last updated:
April 8, 2015