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The library building is currently open by appointment only Monday-Friday 8-5. 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.

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

 

Contact Us

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

Mount Library (FOCUS)

  • Use the Mount Library’s catalog, FOCUS, to locate books, films, music and other information sources.
  • You may search for the author’s name, for the exact title or for keywords in the title or subject.
  • Search results can be limited by material type, by year of publication or other criteria.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about using the Mount Library’s catalog.  

Ohio Libraries

  • Use the OhioLINK Catalog to locate books, films, music and other information sources in college and university libraries throughout Ohio.
  • Use the SearchOhio Catalog to locate books, films, music and other information sources in public libraries throughout Ohio.
  • You may search for the author’s name, for the exact title or for keywords in the title or subject.
  • Search results can be limited by material type, by year of publication or other criteria.
  • You may request that an item be sent to you at the Mount Library.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about using the OhioLINK Catalog.

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

Ebook Collections

  • Use the Mount Library’s catalog, FOCUS, to locate ebooks in the Mount Library’s collection.
  • Access ebooks in library databases such as EBSCO EBook Collection the OhioLINK EBook Center, and others. More information about access ebooks in library databases and the world wide web can be found on the Mount Library’s ebook information page.
  • You may search by keyword or browse by topic or category.
  • Search results can be limited by material type, by year of publication or other criteria.
  • You may browse e-books online or check them out.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about using e-book collections.

Searching Libraries Worldwide

Libraries throughout the U.S. and the World

  • Use WorldCat to locate books, films, music and other information sources in libraries around the world.
  • You may search for the author’s name, for the exact title or for keywords in the title or subject.
  • Search results can be limited by material type, by year of publication or other criteria.  
  • You may request that an item be sent to you at the Mount Library.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about using WorldCat.