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The MSJ Library is currently open by appointment only. If you need research help or want to make a study appointment, please contact the Library by email (library@msj.edu), phone (513-244-4216), or by chat service. A librarian will respond during regular business hours and help determine the best way to assist you. See also Library Hours and Guidelines for Study Space by Appointment.

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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

Website URL:  https://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

To request items (books or other physical media) not available from the MSJ Library’s collection, follow one of the two methods for searching the OhioLINK Central Catalog.  (Note: for article requests, please use the MSJ Interlibrary Loan Form.)

Method 1--Requesting from OhioLINK:         

(*Note:  if the title you’re seeking isn’t available from the MSJ Library or OhioLINK, then search the SearchOhio catalog and/or complete an Interlibrary Loan Request.)


Method 2--Requesting from OhioLINK:

  • Begin your search in the FOCUS MSJ Library Catalog.
     
  • Search by title, author, subject, or keyword. 
    (Beginning with the MSJ Library’s catalog is a good idea because you can double check if the MSJ Library already owns the item you’re seeking.)
     
  • If your search of FOCUS finds no matches, click on the "Search OhioLINK" button. That will carry your search from FOCUS over to OhioLINK’s Central Catalog. The steps to follow after clicking the "Search OhioLINK" button are exactly the same as method 1 above.
    Search OhioLINK if title is not found in FOCUS.
  • When you identify the title you’re looking for (if available*) in OhioLINK’s catalog, find and click the green “Request” button.
    request item from ohiolink
  • After clicking OhioLINK’s green “Request” button, you will be prompted to indicate the school you’re from (Mt. St. Joseph University).
    Select your school from the list.
  • To complete your request, you will be prompted for your lastname and LIB # (appears on the front of your MSJ AllCard).  If you do not have your MSJ AllCard, you may securely look up your LIB # by logging into myMount.
    Example of LIB ID # on AllCard

(*Note:  if the title you’re seeking isn’t available from the MSJ Library or OhioLINK, then search the SearchOhio catalog and/or complete an Interlibrary Loan Request.)


How does OhioLINK requesting and borrowing with Safe Pickup work?
The MSJ Library’s membership with OhioLINK allows currently enrolled Mount St. Joseph University students, faculty and staff to find and borrow items held in university libraries throughout the state of Ohio. Items requested from the OhioLINK Central Catalog generally arrive to the MSJ campus within 5 to 7 business days. Once library staff receive your OhioLINK items by U.S. Cargo Delivery, they will process your requested items using the same Safe Pickup procedures used for MSJ Library requests. This means staff will check out your requested items to your library account and then package them in an envelope. The envelope will be marked with your name and placed on a pickup cart in the hallway just outside the entrance to the Library. You will receive a pickup alert to your MSJ email account. Note: items will be kept on the hold shelf for 10 days, after which time they will be removed if not picked up.

Returning items:
Once you are finished with your items, there are two drop off locations directly outside the Library’s interior and exterior doors for safe, contact free return of borrowed items.  Additionally, due to COVID-19, all physical library materials will be subject to a 3-day quarantine period after they are returned to the MSJ Library.
Exterior book drop location     Interior book drop box

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

Need help with your request?
Call us at (513) 244-4216 or email us at library@msj.edu.

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.