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Searching for Materials at UC

The Library Catalog contains materials from all UC libraries, including:

    • University Libraries
    • Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
    • Law Library
    • College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Library
    • Raymond Walters College Library
    • Clermont College Library
    • Lloyd Library and Museum

The Library Catalog/OhioLINK provides online computer access to information about books and other materials in all of the University of Cincinnati Libraries and throughout the State.

You can search the Library Catalog /OhioLINK from a library terminal or from other computers equipped with telecommunications capabilities. Ask any library staff member for help in using the Library Catalog/OhioLINK, or use the Library Information screens for more detailed information.

Using the Library Catalog, you may also request that circulating materials from one UC library be sent to the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library. Requested items will be held at the circulation desk for pick-up.

Note: it can take several days to transfer materials from one library to another.
Materials can sometimes be obtained more quickly by going to the other library
in person and checking out the desired material(s).

Journal articles and conference papers may be searched using the databases and indexes available through OhioLINK or on the University Libraries indexes and databases page. Common databases used for General Science, Geology & Geography and Physics & Astronomy can be seen, or all available databases at UC can be viewed by subject area.

Obtaining materials not available at UC

There are several ways to obtain books and journal articles not available at UC.

    • For books, dissertations, and proceedings: the Ohiolink Central Catalog allows for statewide library catalog searching and self-ordering.
      • Simply click on the "Request this Item" button when looking at the record for your desired title.
      • Select the University of Cincinnati from the pull-down menu
      • Enter your name and Social Security Number.
      • If the book is not available in Ohiolink, traditional interlibrary loan can be used, in which the item is requested to be borrowed from another university, outside the Ohiolink consortium. A request form is available online.
    • For journal articles and book chapters: if the article cannot be found locally through Library Catalog or Ohiolink's Electronic Journal Center, the article can be requested through interlibrary loan.


Because of space limitations many publications (journals, books and government documents) have been stored in a storage facility. These items may be retrieved upon request from the Southwest Regional Depository. Delivery time varies - approximately 3-4 working days.


"Map" Equipment

  • A 24" X 35" light table is available for student or faculty use and is located in the Meyer Map Collection area.
  • A black and white engineering copier is available for student or faculty use and is located just right of the entry of the library.  Copier will reproduce documents 36" wide up to any length.  Ratio is 1:1. Copies are $2.00 each and are made by the library staff.
  • A oversized document scanner is available for student or faculty use and is located in room 240E (near the staff offices).  Scans in color documents 36" wide up to any length.  Image can be saved to thumb-drive or e-mailed.  No charge for scanning.  Please ask library staff for assistance.

Media Services

A DVD/VHS player is located in the Study Room on the lower level. This machine may be used for viewing reserve tapes for courses or by small classes or lab sections. Please ask a library staff member for assistance.

New Books

New books which have just arrived at the library are kept on shelves on the east side of the Reading Room on the entry level floor.

Recommend a Book

Recommendations for purchases of library materials may be submitted by faculty or students. Within the limitations of the budget and the general development of the collection, each request will receive serious consideration.

Requests for materials in Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Environmental Science, and Cartographic Materials should be directed to Holly Prochaska , Head, Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library.