SearchOhio and OhioLink
How to Request Items
Use the library’s catalog to perform a search. Make sure the item(s) you want to request are not currently available at any of the Portage Library Consortium libraries.
If the item is not in the local system, your results list will show results around your search terms, with a space saying, “Your entry would be here” and icons for SearchOhio and OhioLink. Click on the one of the icons to view a results list for participating libraries.
If you find an item in the local system, but no copies are available, you may order the item through SearchOhio or OhioLink. Make sure you are on the item record (the screen where you can see Location, Call Number, and Status), and click on either the SearchOhio or OhioLink icon at the top center of the screen. You will go directly to the item record in that system.
Requesting the Item
To request an item, you must be on the item record screen in SearchOhio or OhioLink. If you started searching by author or subject, or if the title has several different formats, you may need to click on the title one or more times to get to the item record.
The item record screen will provide bibliographic information and will have links for “Libraries Have This Item” and “Request This Item.”
You should check the availability of the item before you place your request, to make sure that there is at least one copy of the item that has the Request Status of Available. If no copies are currently Available, your request will not go through.
After you verify that a copy is available, click on “Request This Title.” You will be asked to choose your library from a drop down menu. You then will need to type in your name and the barcode number from the back of your library card (with no spaces) and to choose your preferred pickup location from the drop down list. Click on Submit, and you will receive confirmation of your request.
What Happens Next?
It usually takes 5 – 14 days for an available item to be delivered. You will receive a call or an e-mail when the item arrives. After you are notified, you have 5 days to pick up the item before it is returned to the owning library.
Please note that the late fees for Search Ohio items are $0.50 per day. Be sure to note the due date on your receipt. You can renew Search Ohio materials 2 times for an additional two weeks each time unless there is a request on the item.