Libraries

Borrow Materials

Who can borrow materials?

All University of Cincinnati students, faculty, staff, ELS students, and retirees, as well as patrons in good standing from affiliated institutions may borrow materials from University of Cincinnati Libraries. 

All faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may borrow materials using their University of Cincinnati I.D. card (Bearcat Campus Card). Patrons may also use any valid picture I.D., such as a driver's license, to check out materials. Community borrowers and patrons with affiliated institutions (such as OhioLINK or SearchOhio) should present their institution's I.D. as well.

To request materials from another library, please visit the Request Materials page.

Non-UC patrons

In order to borrow materials from UCLibraries, the following is required:

  • Donors to UC Libraries: Donors who contribute $50 or more to UC Libraries on an annual basis. 
  • Friends of Women’s Studies: Administered by the Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies for dues paying community members.
  • Charles McMicken Society: Donors to UC who give $1,000 or more on an annual basis. Must have McMicken Society card and a photo ID.
  • SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON): Card holders at participating local public libraries, high schools, and other institutions. Must be patrons in good standing with home institution and show current institutional card or SWON card from home library, and a photo ID.
  • Herman Schneider Legacy Society: Donors who provide support to UC through a planned gift. Must have a Herman Schneider Legacy Society card and a photo ID.
  • Institute for Learning in Retirement: Members currently enrolled in classes at UC. Must have program enrollment confirmation letter and a photo ID.
  • UC Alumni Association (UCAA): Current Loyal Bearcat & William Howard Taft Society Donors of the UC Alumni Association. Must have a valid UCAA card and a photo ID

Borrowing Policies

Information regarding item limits and loan periods for different types of library users. Information about fines and paying fines can be found here.

  • Undergraduates may borrow a maximum of 50 Items
  • Undergraduates may have a maximum of 100 holds
Policies
Item Type Loan Period Renewals*
UC Books
3 weeks 4
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6
SearchOHio Books 3 weeks   3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week None
Equipment   5 Days
1
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies
  • Renewals are not available for recalled items. All materials are subject to recall.
  • Visit the Borrow Equipment page for more information about equipment lending.
  • Graduate Students may borrow a maximum of 100 Items
  • Graduate Students may have a maximum of 100 holds
Material Type Rules
Item Type Loan Period Renewals*
UC Books
1 Semester
2
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6
SearchOhio Books 3 weeks   3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week None
Equipment   5 Days
1
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies
  • Renewals are not available for recalled items. All materials are subject to recall.
  • Visit the Borrow Equipment page for more information about equipment lending.
  • UC Faculty may borrow a maximum of 1000 Items
  • UC Faculty may have a maximum of 100 holds
Policies
Item Type Loan Period Renewals*
UC Books
1 Semester
2
OhioLINK Books 6 Weeks
6
SearchOHio Books 3 Weeks
3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 Week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week None
Equipment   5 Days
1
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies
  • Renewals are not available for recalled items. All materials are subject to recall.
  • Visit the Borrow Equipment page for more information about equipment lending.

Faculty Proxy Borrowing

Faculty members only may specify a teaching assistant, graduate assistant or spouse to access and utilize their library account. To facilitate this, faculty members must:

  • Submit a letter on departmental letterhead that specifies the proxy borrower’s name, M number, and timeframe if applicable.
  • The letter should be submitted in person by the faculty member at the The Desk @ Langsam Library. Faculty member should be sure to present photo ID. To insure patron privacy and identity verification, e-mails cannot be accepted to establish proxy borrowing privileges.
  • A notation of the authorization will be added to the faculty member’s record, with the accordant expiration date.
  • The proxy borrower must present his/her own ID at check out.
  • Faculty members are responsible for the materials checked out on their accounts by their proxy borrowers.
  • UC Staff may borrow a maximum of 200 Items
  • UC Staff may have a maximum of 100 holds
Policies
Item Type Loan Period Renewals*
UC Books
1 Semester 2
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6
SearchOHio Books 3 weeks   3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks none
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week 3
Equipment   No
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies
  • Renewals are not available for recalled items. All materials are subject to recall.
  • UC Retirees may borrow a maximum of 25 Items
  • UC Retirees may have a maximum of 10 holds
  • UC Retirees may borrow a Maximum of 5 OhioLINK items
Policies
Item Type Loan Period Renewals*
UC Books
3 weeks 1
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6
SearchOHio Books 3 weeks   3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week None
Equipment   None
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies
  • Renewals are not available for recalled items. All materials are subject to recall.
Borrowing Privileges for ELS Students
Item Type Loan Period Renewals
UC Books
3 weeks 4
OhioLINK Books 3 weeks 6
SearchOHio Books 3 weeks   3
UC Aduio/Visual   1 week
1
OhioLINK Audio Visual
1 Week
none
SearchOhio Audio/Visuals  (except DVD's)
3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVD's 1 week None
Equipment   5 Days
1
Periodicals   Do Not Circulate
Reference materials Do Not Circulate
ILL Varies

Community Borrowers refers to non-UC borrowers, such as SWON Library members, NKU student/staff/faculty, UC Alumni Association members, Friends of the Library, Communiversity students, and many more.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County users are now members of SearchOhio and can borrow materials directly from University of Cincinnati Libraries with their PLCHC card and a photo ID.

New users from Northern Kentucky University should first visit The Desk @ Langsam Library with their NKU ID to verify their access privileges and obtain a UC Libraries Borrower's Card. NKU users can check out up to five items for a three week loan period, with three renewals on items provided that the item is not needed by another library patron.