Frequently Asked Questions
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Does the library have all the textbooks? Expand
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.
My professor said our textbook is on reserve. Where do I find it? Expand
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.
Can I search the Library's resources when I am not on the campus? Expand
To search the Library's databases while not on a UC campus, click on Off-Campus Access 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.
How do I cite this book/article/website in APA/MLA format? Expand
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.
COMPUTERS AND MEDIA
Can I type my paper or work on a project in the library? Expand
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.
Can I save my file to the library computer? Expand
Files can be temporarily saved to library computers while you are logged on, but the files will be deleted upon log off.
Can I listen to/view a DVD/CD in the library? Expand
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.
Does the Library have wireless access? Expand
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 https://kb.uc.edu/KBArticles/GO.aspx. If you have additional questions, visit the Information Technology (IT) Department office in Muntz Hall 110 (across from the Library) for additional assistance.
Do I need my student ID in order to check out a book? Expand
Yes, you must have a valid UC ID or Driver's License in order to check out any library item, including study room keys.
Where can I make copies? Is there a color copier on campus? Expand
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 http://www.uc.edu/bearcatcard.
Does the copier take a Debit or Credit Card? Expand
Does the library have a scanner? Expand
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.
Does the library have a fax I can use? Expand
There is not a fax machine available for student use on campus.
Does the library have supplies I can use (paper cutter, stapler, hole punch, pencil sharpener, scrap paper)? Expand
Basic supplies, as listed above, are available for student use on the work tables near the printers and behind the copiers.
Is there a lost and found? Expand
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.
How do I deposit money on my Bearcat card? Expand
Can I use the UCBA Library if I'm not a UC student, staff or faculty member? Expand
Non-University of Cincinnati patrons should consult the Community Borrowers Brochure (PDF) for eligibility to borrow materials. 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.
Can someone in the library proctor tests? Sign my form? Expand
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 8/28/18.