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Visiting Scholars' Guide

Finding and Locating Books

Use the Library Catalog to find the books in UC Libraries' collections. You can search for books by author, title, keyword or subject. The catalog also includes records for maps, videos, music scores, slides and other material types.

Getting Material Not Available at Your Library

From Another UC Library

You may request materials with the AVAILABLE status from other UC libraries to be sent to the library of their choice for pick up. Locate the appropriate record for the book desired in the UC library catalog and choose the “Request” option. Fill out the requested information and choose the library where the book is to be delivered. You will be notified via e-mail when the book is available for pick up. You may also view Your Library Record to check on the status of your request.

Please note that not all libraries are able to provide local paging due to staffing. If you request a book from a library and the request is canceled, that means you need to visit that library to obtain the book.

From OhioLINK

When materials you need are not available from any University of Cincinnati library location, you may request items with the AVAILABLE status from an OhioLINK library. Search for materials in the OhioLINK Library Catalog and request items using the “Request This Item” link in the record. Materials from other OhioLINK libraries generally arrive within 3-5 business days. You will be notified via e-mail when the book is available for pick up. You may also acces Your Library Record to check on the status of your request.

By Interlibrary Loan

If the item is not available in University of Cincinnati Libraries and OhioLINK member libraries, you can request it by Interlibrary Loan. You can login to the Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) account with your UCID. First-time users need to register upon login.


Teaching faculty may place books, maps, packets and other supplemental materials on reserve for their class. These items are available for use in the library for short increments of time, to ensure equitable access to those items. 

The library's online catalog will tell you if an item is a reserve item. If you know your class has items on reserve, you can search in the online catalog for reserve materials by course and by instructor.

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