Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature Research Guide

Guide to the Latin American, Iberian, Spanish & Portuguese (LAT) Area Studies Collection

SearchOhio and Columbus Metropolitan Library


In addition to OhioLINK, OSU users have access to (and free delivery of) millions of books, DVDs, and CDs from public libraries throughout the state.  SearchOhio is a network of 20 public libraries.  The Columbus Metropolitan Library is ranked as one of the top nationwide libraries. 

What is OhioLINK?

OhioLINK provides OSU users with free access to and delivery from academic libraries all over the state of Ohio.  (Books, journals, databases, videos, dissertations, etc.)  The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching, learning, and research. More on OhioLINK.

NOTE:  OhioLINK e-books do not always appear in an OSU catalog search (even if users click the OhioLINK catalog button).  This is important to know because OhioLINK has an extremely large collection of e‑books.  Therefore, when searching for an e‑book, it is best to search both the OSU catalog and the OhioLINK e-book catalog.

 Delivery of OhioLINK Material.  When you request an item from OhioLINK, you choose where it should be delivered:  for pickup at an OSU Library (Thompson, 18L, BPL, etc.) or to your office, lab or dorm.  Delivery typically takes 3-5 days.  You can monitor the process through Your OSU Library Account information. 


OhioLINK Circulation Policies

OhioLINK maintains separate circulation policies and fines.

OhioLINK books may be borrowed by Faculty/Staff for 42 days and Student/Courtesy Patrons for 21 days with up to 6 renewals, provided another request has not been placed on the item. If a request is placed on the item you will not be able to renew it. Unlike OSU, OhioLINK overdue fines are charged at the rate of $.50 per day from the due date, whether the item has been recalled or not.

Courtesy patrons are limited to 5 OhioLINK items at any time on their record. This includes items in transit to and from locations.

More on OhioLINK

Look for the blue OhioLINK catalog button when you are searching for a book in the OSU Catalog. If the book is not in the OSU collection or if it's checked out, simply click on the button to see if anyone else in Ohio has the book.  

If an OhioLINK library has the book, you can request it (free) and have it delivered to your office, dorm, or for pick-up at an OSU Library.  Just follow the prompts.