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The MSJ Library is currently open by appointment. If you need assistance with Library services and resources, please contact the Library by email (library@msj.edu), phone (513-244-4216), or by chat service on the Library’s "Research Help" page. A librarian will respond during regular business hours and help determine the best way to assist you. See also Library Hours.

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Ask a Librarian: links to chat, email, telephone options

 

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Circulation & Research:
(513) 244-4216

Email: library@msj.edu

Location:
Archbishop Alter Library
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233

Web site:  http://library.msj.edu

Social Media:   @MSJLibrary on Twitter

How to Request from OhioLINK

Using OhioLINK, currently enrolled Mount St. Joseph University students, faculty and staff can find and borrow items held in college and university libraries throughout the state of Ohio. With the Pickup Anywhere option, borrowers may have items sent to their home library or to any other OhioLINK institution for pick up. OhioLINK borrowing can only be used to request items not available in the Archbishop Alter Library.

Please note:

Items requested from OhioLINK generally arrive within 3 to 5 business days. You will be notified when the item is received.

Items are held for pick up at the Circulation Desk for 7 days only. If not picked up within this 7-day period, they will be sent back to the owning libraries. If you need extra time for your items to be held, please, notify the library at 513-244-4216.

How to request items from OhioLINK
If your search of FOCUS finds no matches, click on the "Search OhioLINK" button.

Search OhioLINK if title is not found in FOCUS.

 

Once you have located the item in OhioLINK's catalog, click on REQUEST.

 

request item from ohiolink

 

 

Then select "Mount St. Joseph University" from the drop-down menu and click the Submit button.

 

Select your school from the list.

You will be asked to enter your name and library identification/barcode number.  This information is printed on your MSJ AllCard, which is both your student photo id and your library barcode.  (To obtain your AllCard, stop by Campus Security on the ground floor of the Seton Center.)

How to use the Pickup Anywhere option
The default Pickup Institution and Location is the Mount St. Joseph University Circulation Desk. If you want to pick up the item at an OhioLINK library convenient to your home or work, use the drop-down menu to select another Pickup Institution and Location. To complete your request, click on SUBMIT.

To check the status of your OhioLINK requests: Login to View Your Library Record or call the Circulation Desk at 513-244-4216

More Requesting Options

Requesting items through OhioLINK

  • Use OhioLINK to request that items from other Ohio college and university libraries be sent to you at the Mount Library.
  • If you do not find the results you are looking for in FOCUS, then click on the “Search OhioLINK” button to send your search to the OhioLINK catalog.
  • Once you have located the item you want in the OhioLINK catalog, click on the “Request” button next to the item.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your request.
  • OhioLINK items generally arrive within 3-5 business days. You will be notified when the item is available for you to check out at the Circulation Desk.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about requesting items through OhioLINK.

Requesting items through SearchOhio

  • Use SearchOhio to request that items from Ohio public libraries be sent to you at the Mount Library.
  • If you do not find the results you are looking for in FOCUS, then click on the “Search Ohio” button to send your search to the SearchOhio catalog.
  • Once you have located the item you want in the SearchOhio catalog, click on the “Request” button next to the item.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your request.
  • SearchOhio items generally arrive within 5-7 business days. You will be notified when the item is available for you to check out at the Circulation Desk.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about requesting items through SearchOhio.

Requesting items through Interlibrary Loan (OCLC Worldcat)

  • Use the Interlibrary Loan to request that items from other libraries be sent to you at the Mount Library.
  • If your search of FOCUS, OhioLINK and SearchOhio finds no matches, complete the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your request.
  • Interlibrary Loan items generally arrive within 10-14 days.  You will be notified when the item is received.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about requesting items through Interlibrary Loan.

OhioLINK FAQs

  • Q: What is OhioLINK?
    • A: The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is a state-funded consortium of college and university member libraries which have agreed to lend their items to other member libraries in the OhioLINK system. Mount St. Joseph University has belonged to OhioLINK for many years. To learn more about the consortium, visit OhioLINK’s “About” page.
  • Q: Who can use OhioLINK?
    • A: OhioLINK is available to current MSJ students, faculty, staff, and Sisters of Charity.
    • Visiting patrons with a valid ID card from an OhioLINK-member institution or a SearchOhio institution (including Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County) may use the MSJ Library as a pickup location for items they request through OhioLINK.
    • Residents of the State of Ohio with a valid form of ID may register to receive a Mount Library courtesy card and may borrow items from OhioLINK.
    • OhioLINK is not available to guest patrons who live outside Ohio.
  • Q: What is the OhioLINK Central Catalog?
    • A: The OhioLINK Central Catalog is an online catalog website that can be used to find print books and other materials located at OhioLINK-member libraries. Patrons can search by author, title, or keyword. They can see how many copies are available for borrowing, and click on the “Request” button to borrow a copy and have it shipped to the member library of their choice.
  • Q: What can I check out through OhioLINK?
    • A: Books, videos, CDs, and other kinds of materials are available to be checked out through OhioLINK.
  • Q: How do I make an OhioLINK request?
    • In the OhioLINK Central Catalog, look for the green “Request” button next to the item you want to request.
    • Once you click on the request button, you will be prompted to select your home institution from a pull-down menu. Find Mount St. Joseph. Then you will enter your name and Library ID number, which is printed on the front of your Mount ID card. If you would like your item to go to a different library in the OhioLINK system (if, for example, you would prefer to pick it up at a location that is closer to your home), you may do so by selecting your desired location from the dropdown list.
  • Q: When will I receive my OhioLINK item?
    • A: It usually takes 4-5 business days for OhioLINK items to arrive, if the item was listed as available when you requested it.
  • Q: How will I know that my OhioLINK item is available for pickup?
    • A: A notification will be sent to your Mount St. Joseph University email address letting you know that your item is available.
  • Q: Where do I pick up my OhioLINK item?
    • A: You can pick up your OhioLINK item at the Library circulation desk, which is located in the front lobby.
  • Q: Can I send my OhioLINK item to another location for pickup?
    • A: You can send your OhioLINK item to any member institution in the state using the Pickup Anywhere option. When you are requesting your item online, instead of selecting MSJ Library, simply choose the institution that you would like it to be sent to instead.
  • Q: How long can I keep my OhioLINK item?
    • A: MSJ students may check out OhioLINK books for 21 days, and media for 7 days.
    •  MSJ faculty, staff, and Sisters of Charity may check out OhioLINK books for 42 days, and media for 7 days.
    • Visiting patrons (OhioLINK, SearchOhio, residents of the State of Ohio) may check out OhioLINK books for 21 days, and media for 7 days.
    • See our borrowing guidelines.
  • Q: Can I renew my OhioLINK item? How many times?
    • A: MSJ students may renew OhioLINK books 6 times (for an extra 21-day period per renewal), and media 3 times (for an extra 7-day period per renewal).
    • MSJ faculty, staff, and Sisters of Charity may renew OhioLINK books 6 times (for an extra 42-day period per renewal), and media 3 times (for an extra 7-day period per renewal).
    • Visiting patrons (OhioLINK, SearchOhio, residents of the State of Ohio) may renew OhioLINK books 4 times (for an extra 21-day period per renewal), and media 1 time (for an extra 7-day period per renewal).
    • See our borrowing guidelines.
  • Q: How do I renew my OhioLINK item?
    • A: If you are an MSJ student, faculty, staff member, or Sister of Charity, you can renew OhioLINK items using your library account, in-person at the circulation desk, by emailing library@msj.edu, or by calling 513-244-4216.
    • If you are a visiting patron (OhioLINK, SearchOhio, residents of the State of Ohio), contact your home library if you used your home library’s ID to check out your items.
    • If you were issued an MSJ Library courtesy card, then you can renew OhioLINK items using your library account, in-person at the circulation desk, by emailing library@msj.edu, or by calling 513-244-4216.
  • Q: How much will I be fined for my OhioLINK item once it is overdue?
    • A: Current MSJ students, faculty, and staff, as well as visiting patrons (OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and residents of the State of Ohio) will be fined $0.50/day until the item is returned. Overdue notices will be sent to your MSJ email account. If the item is not returned, you will receive a bill for the item. See our borrowing guidelines.
  • Q: What if I lose or damage my OhioLINK item?
    • A: The replacement cost for a lost or damaged OhioLINK item is $125, per system-wide OhioLINK policy. See our borrowing guidelines
  • Q: Whom should I contact if I have questions about OhioLINK?
    • A: If you have OhioLINK-related questions, please contact our Access Services Coordinator, Josh Zeller, at joshua.zeller@msj.edu or 513-244-4882. You may also contact our Head of Access Services, Bridget DuMont, at bridget.dumont@msj.edu or 513-244-4880.
  • What is SearchOhio?
    • A: SearchOhio is a consortium of Ohio public libraries that can be utilized by OhioLINK patrons, and residents of the State of Ohio. You can directly search the SearchOhio catalog at its website, or you can access it within the OhioLINK Central Catalog.
    • If an item cannot be found within the OhioLINK system (particularly items that are of a non-academic nature, such as popular novels), SearchOhio is an excellent resource.