The Ohio Library and Information Network
Last Update 1/4/2013
Imagine having access to nearly 50 million books and library materials.
Imagine a museum that holds thousands of exhibits on such diverse subjects as art and architecture to physics.
Imagine having access to over 17,000 full-text journals, magazines and newspapers, any time day or night.
This Is OhioLINK
The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of
89 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio,
that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers
with the information they need for teaching and research. Serving
more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff,
OhioLINK’s membership includes 16 public/research universities,
23 community/technical colleges, 50 independent colleges and the State
Library of Ohio.
Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to:
OhioLINK Library Catalog
OhioLINK provides access to nearly 50 million library
items statewide, encompassing a spectrum of library material
including law, medical and special collections. The OhioLINK Library Catalog contains almost 13 million
unique titles from its 89 member libraries and
the Center for Research Libraries. 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 21 weeks (students, staff) or 42 weeks (faculty).
OhioLINK offers more than 100 electronic
research databases, including a variety of full-text resources.
These databases cover many academic areas at varying levels of detail.
Many databases are citation indexes. In most cases, the user can
link to the relevant full-text article, or find out which OhioLINK members possess copies of the cited journal.
Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
OhioLINK launched the Electronic Journal Center,
a collection of full-text research journals, in 1998. The EJC contains almost 10,000
scholarly journal titles from approximately 50 publishers across a
wide range of disciplines. Researchers can download electronic articles
instantly, read entire journal issues online, create e-mail or RSS alerts
for new issues, save searches, and set up automatic search alerts for
new search results. More than 3 million articles are used
each year from the EJC, with a total of more than 45 million articles
used since its inception.
Electronic Book Center (EBC)
OhioLINK’s growing collection of 81,000 e-books covers a wide variety
of subjects and includes scholarly monographs; encyclopedias, dictionaries and other
reference works (for tracking down a quick fact or illustration);
and computer and technology titles (for in-depth,
how-to books and technology tips).
Central Digital Resource Commons
The Digital Resource Commons
preserves and hosts a variety of multimedia material owned and licensed by OhioLINK.
DRC collections include: 3,000 digital educational films and documentaries;
thousands of electronic images, including images of famous works of art from museums worldwide;
historic Ohio city maps; and more.
Some of these collections are also available to Ohio school and public libraries. The multimedia materials may be shown in class, utilized in course
materials, or used to enhance papers, projects and presentations. Almost 360,000 multimedia materials are downloaded from OhioLINK each year,
with more than 3.3 million materials downloaded since the service's inception
Digital Resource Commons (DRC)
The OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons provides
hosting, operational, and development services for individual institutions to develop their own digital collections and institutional repositories.
With combined holdings of more than 850,000 unique, scholarly, and historical records,
the DRC ranks as one of the largest institutional repositories
in the world. DRC provides a statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing—free of charge—the instructional,
research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio, Ohio independent colleges, and other Ohio cultural institutions.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD)
The ETD Center is
an open access showcase of research and scholarship from students at Ohio universities, offering access
undergraduate honors theses, masters’
theses, and doctoral dissertations from students at participating
Ohio colleges and universities. The ETD Center allows students to get
topic ideas, see what peers have written in their discipline, or find
a particular theses or dissertation.
Ohio Music Center
The OhioLINK Music Center is an online streaming music database of international works in a variety of genres, from Classical to Spoken Word. The Music Center offers more than 81,000 tracks from more than 22,000 albums.
Electronic Finding Aid Repository (EAD)
The OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository contains descriptions of archival collections from contributing institutions in Ohio.
- nearly 50 million books and other library materials
- more than 100 electronic research databases
- millions of electronic journal articles
- over 81,000 e-books
- thousands of images, videos and sounds
- over 39,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students
Mission, Vision, and Values
Mission Statement: OhioLINK creates a competitive advantage for Ohio's higher education community by
cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to, and preserving an expanding
array of print and digital scholarly resources; by efficiently sharing the collections of member
libraries; and by centrally hosting digital content to advance teaching, learning, research, and
the growth of Ohio's knowledge-based economy.
Vision Statement: OhioLINK will lead in the provision of advanced strategic academic information resources and
services that enable Ohio's scholars, students, and libraries to excel.
OhioLINK Values and Principles:
- Cooperation, transparency, communication, and shared decision making.
- Using resources in ways that serve both the collective good and member libraries'
individual priorities and needs.
- Sharing diverse, deep, and growing collections of current and historical materials.
- Collaborating with other types of Ohio libraries and information providers to serve the
citizens of the state.
OhioLINK, a cooperative venture of university libraries and the Ohio
Board of Regents, grew out of a 1987 recommendation by the board’s
library committee that "the state of Ohio implement, as expeditiously
as possible, a statewide electronic catalog system."
In response to this recommendation, the board established a steering
committee representing librarians, faculty, administrators and computer
systems managers from campuses throughout Ohio. After meetings, public
hearings, and conferences, the committee prepared and distributed a
planning paper (November 1988); a Request for Information (February
1989); and a Request for Proposal (August 1989) to initiate a statewide
In 1990, OhioLINK selected Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to develop
the unique software system to create the OhioLINK Library Catalog and
selected Digital Equipment Corporation for the computer hardware base.
OhioLINK licensed four databases from University Microfilms
International, UMI, for citations to millions of business, newspaper
and periodical articles and to academic dissertations. These elements
formed the foundation of the growing OhioLINK system of services. In
1992, six universities installed OhioLINK systems and began the ongoing
process of building the central catalog. In February 1996, OhioLINK
began offering services through the World Wide Web.
OhioLINK is part of Ohio’s ongoing tradition in pioneering library
automation. The Ohio State University and others in Ohio began
integrating campus library systems at an early date. In the 1960s,
state funds supported the development of OCLC, then called the Ohio
College Library Center. OCLC has since grown into an international
organization with a database of 30 million entries representing
materials held in more than 10,000 libraries.
OhioLINK was formed by the Ohio
Board of Regents as a consortium under section 3333.04(U) of the
Revised Code. A governing board was authorized to oversee the OhioLINK
program. Effective May 29, 2008 the OhioLINK Executive Director is chosen
by, reports to, and serves at the pleasure of the Chancellor of the Ohio
Board of Regents. An advisory committee on education and technology
has been formed to advise the Chancellor on OhioLINK and other programs
related to the intersection of technology and education.
For more information, see Ohio
Board of Regents Directive 2008-007 dated May 29, 2008.