Clark Memorial Library

Student Guide to Library Services

An introduction to library services for students.

Ask A Librarian

Contact the library by phone Phone: (740) 351- 3255

Contact the library by text Text: (740) 313-4333

Contact the library by email Email: ssulibrary@shawnee.edu

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Collections & Catalogs

A picture of books on a bookshelfLocal Catalog

To identify items in the Shawnee State Library you can search the local catalog here.

Did you know you can search for an item in the SSU catalog and pass the search through to OhioLINK? When searching in the SSU catalog select the "Search OhioLINK" button.

OhioLINK

OhioLINK is one of our most popular services. Through it, you can request books from other universities in Ohio, greatly expanding the number of titles available to you.  Search the OhioLINK catalog here.

Once you find what you're looking for, simply click on the title, and determine if there are available copies on the next page. If there are, click the Request button, fill in your name and university ID number, and submit. The book will be delivered to Clark Memorial Library and you will receive an email once it's ready to be picked up.

See OhioLINK's Frequently Asked Questions for questions about borrowing items from the OhioLINK Central Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan

If there's a specific title you need and you can't get it through our collection or through OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan is the next step. You can fill out an Interlibrary Loan form here. Once we receive your form, we will try to get the book from another library, and notify you when it has arrived.

Check Your Library Record

You can check your library record online to confirm what is checked out, due dates, or renew items.

Student Check Out Periods

Books

Undergraduate students - 21 days (up to 4 renewals)
Graduate students - 120 days (1 renewal)
(Subject to recall if requested by another patron)

New & Popular Reading Books Books 21 days with up to 3 renewals
Videos/Media check out for 7 days with up to 4 renewals
(Subject to recall if requested by another patron)
Career Collection Books 21 days with up to 3 renewals
Videos/Media check out for 7 days with up to 4 renewals
(Subject to recall if requested by another patron)
Course Reserves Varies by course 
7 days - 2 Hour Textbook Reserve/Library use only
Maps & Charts 21 days
Up to 4 renewals
(Subject to recall if requested by another patron)
Reference Collection Non circulating
Library use only
Videos/CDs 7 days
Up to 4 renewals
(Subject to recall if requested by another patron)
Laptops 4 hours
Library use only
Interlibrary Loan (non OhioLINK) books check out for 21 days
Videos/media check out for 7 days
Renewals are dependent on lending library policies
OhioLINK  policies
 
SSU Fines:
Fees are levied for lost or damaged library materials.
Fines are waived for SSU materials if they are returned without damage.
OhioLINK Fines

 

Course Reserves

Faculty place books and other materials on reserve for students, so they may check them out for use in the library. If your professor has placed a textbook on reserve, you may ask for it at the Service Desk. The books are kept behind the counter and most reserve items are for in-library use only, which helps insure that they are available to as many students as possible.

 You can view a current list of all reserve materials here.

Please remember you do need your ID to check out reserve items.