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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.

Your Username and Password

At the University of Cincinnati, you can access many services and login to library resources using the same username and password.

If you have not setup your PSS profile and are not sure what your password is, please contact the IT@UC Service Desk at (513)556-4357.

Access Library Resources Online

Many library resources are licensed from vendors that limit access to UC faculty, staff, and students.

Access to licensed library resources requires authentication by logging in with your UC username + password and Duo two-factor authentication. You will be prompted to login when you try to access a licensed resource.


You can print in libraries and other campus locations.

You can pay for printing using your wepa account or your Bearcat card.

You can also add money to the Bearcat card  by using a Value Transfer Station (VTS) on the 4th Floor of Langsam Library, on Level 1 of the Medical Sciences Building or on Level 2 of the Tangeman University Center (food court entrance).

Getting Print Materials

In most UC Libraries you are expected to locate the materials yourself.

Some materials need to be requested from storage or other institutions.

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.

UC Libraries (Uptown Campus) does NOT loan equipment. Please find information on equipment resources on campus to learn about opportunities for students in selected colleges and programs.

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. For details scroll down the  the  Borrow Materials page and click on your status, e.g., Undergraduates).
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.


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.

Pay close attention to your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, you may miss an important announcement, for example, a fire alarm signal or an announcement about the library closing.

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

Courtesy/Quiet Study

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

Langsam Library study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.  Check the Room reservations page to make reservations for the CECH, DAAP, UC Blue Ash, and UC Clermont libraries.

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