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Head of Geology Library & Map Room
Mathematical Sciences Librarian
Science Education Specialist

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Danny Dotson
180E Geology Library
Orton Hall

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Recommended E-Books

Safari Books Online


You may already be familiar with Safari Books Online - but we now have access via a new source.  Safari is now available on a new platform.  How do these platforms differ?

  • Unlimited use across the platform - formerly 100 users across the OhioLINK system.
  • Now contains videos and tutorials!
  • Some slight book title differences. You'll see most of the same titles and publishers from the old platform.
  • You will need to provide your email for access and can do advanced features if you set up an account. Once you set up an account, you will need to sign in each time you use the database. Important - you must use your email address for this purpose (department-specific email addresses may not work). 
  • You can now use the mobile app (Safari Queue) to view content on Android and Apple mobile devices:
    • Set up an account on the regular Safari site.
    • Download the app from Google Play or Apple App Store
    • Log in with the account you created




Safari Books Online – Troubleshooting access issues


Take the following steps to access items in Safari Books Online if you have problems with access:


  1. Access via the OSU Library Catalog.  Example book: Manga Guide to Electricity
  2. Click on the link in the catalog record to access the book via Safari.
  3. The book will show up, but you will first need to authenticate in Safari:
    • If you DO NOT have an account, simply supply your email address.
      • Setting up an account is not required – but it gives you additional options and allows for accessing a mobile app.
    • If you DO have an account, log in for access.
      • If the book takes you to your book, you’re good to go.
      • If it takes you to the homepage instead, search for your book or go back to the link you used in Step 1.
        • This usually happens with the system had you as already logged in from your last visit.
  4. If the above steps do not work, please email with the following information:
    • Are you on or off campus?
    • What device were you using to access?
    • What operating system and browser?


Finding Books

Finding Articles

Accessing items

You'll see some important buttons while using the OSU Libraries resouces. Especially important are these 4:


Request this item button

Where: OSU Library Catalog.

What: Have an item sent to another location for pickup or recall an item checked out.


OhioLINK Catalog button

Where: OSU Library Catalog.

What: Check for access of an individual item via OhioLINK - such as an item checked out at OSU. Also repeats searches in the OHioLINK catalog to see additional options for your need.


request button

Where: OhioLINK Catalog

What: Click to have an item delivered to OSU from an OhioLINK library.


Find It! button

Where: Library Databases

What: Check for online access to journal articles, conference papers, and more. Also gives interlibrary loan option if item is not available online.


Additional Soruces