| SearchOhio makes over 16 million public library items available to the communities served by the 28 library systems (188 branches in all!) listed below. The SearchOhio Catalog allows direct, online requesting for residents of Ohio and delivery of books and other library media within a matter of days.
SearchOhio depends on the dedication of its member libraries.
- Search catalog for desired item.
- When item is located, click on REQUEST THIS ITEM or (on the Modern catalog) REQUEST IT.
- Choose your library's name from the "affiliated" drop-down list so that we can log you in.
- Enter your last name and your library card number, as well as your PIN if so required.
- Choose the pickup location at your affiliated library to which you want the item delivered.
- Press SUBMIT to send the request and the pickup location to SearchOhio.
- Items are usually available for pickup within 3-5 business days, except for items requested on weekends.
- Items will remain on hold shelf at pickup institution for 10 days.
Note: SearchOhio's partnership with OhioLINK means that you can get items under different terms, depending on the lender. Please note the differences, below, in renewals, fines, fees, and item limits between items that are lent by a SearchOhio member and those lent by an OhioLINK member. As the borrower, you are responsible.
- Loan period is 21 days for printed items, audiobooks and music and 7 days for movies. Some exclusions apply. All items may be eligible for up to 3 renewals.
- (OhioLINK items have a like loan period, but books are eligible for up to 6 renewals and media for 3.)
- Overdue fine is $.50 per item per day for 50 days, or $25.00.
- (OhioLINK overdue is $.50 per item per day for 30 days, or $15.00.)
- In addition to overdue fine, a replacement fee of $25.00 will be billed for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date. (OhioLINK members using SearchOhio will face an additional processing fee of $25.00 per item for SearchOhio items that are so billed.)
- (OhioLINK items replacement fee is $75.00 per item for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date, plus a billing fee of $35.00 per item, in addition to the OhioLINK overdue fine.)
- You are allowed up to 75 items showing on your account from SearchOhio. OhioLINK loans are limited to 25 of any combination of SearchOhio or OhioLINK items. (A person with 25 SearchOhio and/or OhioLINK items showing on their account cannot request any further OhioLINK items, but a person with 25 SearchOhio and/or OhioLINK items can get up to 50 more SearchOhio items on their account.)
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