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International Students' Library Resources Guide

Finding 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. Tips for using the catalog.


The UC Libraries' collections generally do NOT include textbooks. Chemistry-Biology and CEAS Librariy have some textbooks on reserves. You may try to search the OhioLINK catalog and request the textbook from another institution, if it is available. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to keep it for the semester, as item are subject to recall after 3 weeks. You can also rent e-textbooks from the UC Bookstore. More information on textbook affordability.

Read also about Reserves below.


Due to COVID-19-related procedures, reserves are currently unavailable.

Your professor may put some material on reserve for a class. To find this material click the image (see it on the left) on the library home pages or the "Reserves" link in the Library Catalog top navigation bar. The reserves page provides links to search of traditional (print) reserves by instructor's name or course. Electronic Reserves are posted directly through individual Blackboard course pages.

Watch the brief video below to learn how to locate print reserve materials.

Please note that these materials may have short circulation times. They need to be returned on time and to the location where you borrowed them.

Video: Where Do I Find Books and Media My Professor Put on Reserve?

Getting books

Due to COVID-19 library stacks are closed. Use our "Click & Collect" service to request materials.

Watch the video below to learn how to locate and check out books. Tips on locating library materials.

Video: How Do I Find the Book I Want?

Getting Material Not Available at Your Library

Please note:

  • If you select the same library location for picking up the book as the one where the book is located (for example, you request a book from Langsam stacks to be delivered to Langsam Circulation), the request will be canceled.
  • If the item is not available in University of Cincinnati Libraries and OhioLINK member libraries, you can request it by Interlibrary Loan.

Video: Finding Books Not Available at Your Library

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