Frequently Asked Questions


The UCBA Library does not have every textbook, but we do place a significant number of textbooks on Reserve at the instructor's request each semester. To learn more or to check for textbooks from a specific course, please visit our Reserves page.

Reserve material is held behind the Library Information Desk. Please bring your syllabus to the desk, and we will be happy to check for availability. If the item is unavailable, we can let you know when it is due back or search other locations. To learn more, please visit our Reserves page.



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To search the Library's databases while not on a UC campus, click on Off-Campus Access [INTERNAL LINK] from the UCBA Library homepage. VPN is UC's preferred login method. First time users must download the VPN software. If you don't have VPN software on your computer, use Library Off Campus Access (Proxy) to login with your with your UC or affiliate ID. Please contact the UC IT at IT@UC or 513-556-4357 for assistance.

If you need help formatting your papers or citations, the UCBA Writing & Study Skills Center is available to help students. Appointments with the Writing & Study Skills Center can be scheduled through TutorTrac directly from their webpage.

See the Citing Sources guide for citation resources and how to get additional help. For additional assistance, please stop by the center at Muntz 112K or call them at 513-745-5733.



Yes. The library has 15 public computer workstations that are equipped with MS Office. In addition, there is a scanning workstation also equiped with MS Office. The UCBA Library also has 36 laptops (31 Dells and 5 MACs) available for checkout and use on campus only.

Files can be temporarily saved to library computers while you are logged on, but the files will be deleted upon log off.

Yes, DVD/CDs can be watched or listened to on all library computers as long as headphones are used. Additionally DVD viewing is available on the monitors in the study rooms with a laptop. Need headphones? They are available for checkout at the Library Information Desk. A valid UC ID or Driver's License is required to checkout library material.

NOTE: If a CD-ROM can be run directly from the CD itself, you may be able to use it on the library computers. Some CDs require auxiliary programs that are not available on the library computers. Software cannot be installed on library computers.

The UCBA College campus is wireless including the library. Once connected to the wireless network, users will be able to access the full range of Library resources.

For more information on connecting to the Wireless network visit If you have additional questions, visit the Information Technology (IT) Department office in Muntz Hall 110 (across from the Library) for additional assistance.



Yes, you must have a valid UC ID or Driver's License in order to check out any library item, including study room keys.

The library has two photocopiers available for your use. The charge is 10¢ per page. If you use your Bearcat Campus Card (your UC ID), the cost is 8¢ per page. You can deposit money on your campus card online using a debit/credit card at

Copiers accept change, $1 and $5 bills as well as Bearcat cards (UC ID) that have been pre-loaded with funds. See Bearcat Card FAQ's at

There is one scanner workstation in the library, adjacent to the print workstations and copiers. The station also has MS Office, however priority is given to students using the scanner. Students not using the scanner may be asked to move as needed if the use of the scanner is requested. Scanners are also available in the Computer Concourse (Muntz 112) across the hall from the Library.

There is not a fax machine available for student use on campus.

Basic supplies, as listed above, are available for student use on the work tables near the printers and behind the copiers.

UCBA's college-wide Lost & Found is located in the Safety and Security Office (M134). Items found in the library are held temporarily at the Information Desk and taken to the Lost & Found at the end of the day.

To learn more, please review our Unattended Items Policy.

Money can be deposited any time during the year through the Bearcat Card website.



Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County users are now members of SearchOhio and can either request materials from other libraries through their library catalog or borrow circulating print or media materials directly (on site) from University of Cincinnati Libraries with their PLCHC card and a photo ID.

Community users can access our online resources on a limited basis as we prioritize our computer resources for UCBA faculty, staff and students. If you need consistent or extensive access to online resources, please contact your home insitution (e.g. company, organization or public library).

Community users do not have printing privileges in the UCBA Library.

The Library does not proctor tests or sign documents for students. The William Hueneke Homework Center & Adult Learning Center at the Main Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers exam proctoring by appointment.

This page was last reviewed on 5/13/2019.