What is the OhioLINK Library Catalog?
The online OhioLINK Library Catalog contains materials from OhioLINK’s 89 member libraries, two public libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. It encompasses a spectrum of library material including law, medical and special collections. The catalog provides bibliographic descriptions, indicates where copies are located and lists whether copies are available.
Students, faculty, staff, and card holders from participating public libraries can use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to find and request materials online, then pick them up two to three days later at the participating library of their choice. Users can renew books online and keep them for up to 15 weeks.
1992 – Six universities installed OhioLINK systems and began the ongoing process of building the OhioLINK Library Catalog. These were text-only systems operating via Telnet protocol over the Internet.
1994 – Users begin requesting OhioLINK materials online
1994 – Two-year colleges began to join OhioLINK
1995 – Independent colleges began to join OhioLINK
1996 – The OhioLINK Library Catalog went live on the World Wide Web on July 1, 1996
1997 – The one millionth online catalog request is placed
2003 – Pickup Anywhere debuts, letting users pick up requested items from any participating library statewide
2004 – Cuyahoga County Public Library shares books via OhioLINK & the five millionth online catalog request is placed
2005 – Westerville Public Library shares books via OhioLINK
2006 – The Ohio State University Libraries add the 10 millionth unique title to the OhioLINK Library Catalog in October. The 10 millionth title is Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century, essays by David Craven and Luis-Martin Lozano.
Last Update: April 2009