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International Students' Library Resources Guide

Your Library Card

BearCat cardYour University of Cincinnati I.D. card, also known as Bearcat Card, serves as your library card. Use it for checking out materials and for printing.

You may also use any valid picture I.D., such as a driver's license, to check out materials. For printing you may purchase a card from a Bearcat Campus Card machine (also known as a Transfer Value Station) for $1 and put money for printing on it.

Your Username and Password

UC login screenAt the University of Cincinnati, you can access many services using the same username and password.
Your username (or “6+2”) is usually the first six letters of your last name followed by your first and middle initials. Use the
UC Authenticate page to get your username and change your password.
Your first password is: Uc!mmddyyyy where mmddyyyy is your full date of birth.
Remember to use the ! (exclamation point) and not a 1 or an l. 
This password will only work five times, so you need to change it as soon as you can. Go to 
Password Self Service PSS to change your password.

Off Campus Access

You can access online library resources, such as databases, e-books, e-journals, etc. off campus. To be able to do this, you need to login for off-campus access. The off-campus access button can be easily found on every library-s home page.

Which login method should you use?

UC Access Only

When to Use: Ideal method for longer research sessions. You can login to the VPN, or install a client on your device. (If you are a UC faculty, staff, or currently enrolled student, Secure Access via the VPN is recommended when accessing UC resources from off campus).

How to Connect: There are two different methods for utilizing the VPN

  1. UC Online Access-Login
  2. VPN Software Installation for Access

Connecting to VPN

Once installed, open the VPN AnyConnect client from your computer/device, enter your UC username and password and click Login. Then launch your browser and begin your research.


When to Use: Ideal for research sessions that require quick and easy access. 

How to Connect: Click on the Library Off Campus Access (Proxy) Button to login with your UC ID username and password. Once you login, you'll be returned to the main Library homepage and can begin your research.

Get Help


Printing is available in libraries along with other campus locations.

Students pay for printing with their Bearcat cards. Individual colleges may provide an additional printing subsidy for their students. Please check with your college.

Learn more about Studentt printing with wepa (locations, costs, how-to).

Getting Print Materials

In most UC Libraries you are expected to locate the books yourself. See tips on locating periodicals and library materials in general.

Learn more about getting books and periodicals (journals and magazines) at UC Libraries.

Checking Out Material

What can be checked out

You may borrow all material that has the Available status in the catalog (some items such as reference books, newspapers and magazines are not available for loan). You must check out the material you wish to borrow at the service desk.

At Langsam Library you may borrow multimedia equipment in support of your course work at the Circulation/Multimedia Services desk. More information on circulating equipment and technology.

How to check out

For checking out library material you need your University of Cincinnati I.D. card. If you forgot your library I.D., you may use any valid picture I.D., such as a driver's license.

When you check out a book, the library staff member will put a stamp in your book to remind you when it needs to be returned. You can also manage your account online.  Tips on managing your library record.

How many books you can check out and how long you can keep them

Generally undergraduate students may check out up to 50 books, graduate students up to 100 books. See "Borrowing Policies" on the  Borrow Materials page for details and loan periods . Please note that all materials can be recalled if they are wanted by other patrons. If you get a recall notice (a request to return the book wanted by another patron), please note that fines will be applied from the day it needs to be returned.


The security gates are installed to make sure that all materials taken out of the library have been checked out. Sometimes the alarm may ring accidentally. If this happens to you, please let the librarian on duty talk to you to find out what may have caused the alarm to go out.

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended at any time. You can reserve a locker at Langsam Library to keep your books. Please ask about this free service at Langsam Circulation.

Protect the security of your personal information by logging out of computers.


Conversation in study areas disturbs library users. Please cooperate with librarians if you have been asked to be quiet.

If you are working on a group project, you may use a group study room available in some libraries. Rooms are available on a first come first served basis. 

Some libraries also have study carrels and video viewing rooms or workstations. For detail please ask at the Service or Circulation Desk of your college or departmental library.

Food and Drink

Policies on food and drink vary in UC library facilities.

For example, in Langsam Library, Health Sciences Library, CECH Library and DAAP Library food and drinks in covered containers are permitted (no hot food, please). All other libraries allow the use of just drinks in covered containers.

NO FOOD in the following areas:

  • library classrooms and computer labs
  • the Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) (Langsam),

NO FOOD OR DRINK in the following areas:

  • Archives and Rare Books Library
  • Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions

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