SearchOhio and OhioLINK
Use the library’s catalog to perform a search. If the item is not at any Portage Library Consortium library, you will see a message saying, “This search returned no results. Continue your search in SearchOhio.” Click on the link to continue in the SearchOhio system. If you also do not see the item listed on the results page there, click on the “Search OhioLINK” icon at the top of the page.
If an item is in the local system, but no copies are currently available, look for and click on the SearchOhio icon in the upper right of the page. You may need to retype your search.
Note that you will only see an icon to take you into the OhioLINK catalog after you have done a search in SearchOhio first.
Requesting the Item
To request an item, first click on the title to view the item record screen, which lists “Library Holdings.” At least one item must have the “Request Status” of “Available” in order to place a request.
After you verify that a copy is available, click on “Request Item.” On the “With Which Library Are You Affiliated?” drop down menu, choose “Portage Library Consortium” (Note: “Kent Free Library” is not listed. 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 10 – 15 business days for an available item to be delivered. You will receive a call, text, or e-mail when the item arrives. After you are notified, you have 7 days to pick up the item before it is returned to the owning library.
DVDs, Blu-rays, and Videos from SearchOhio and OhioLINK check out for 7 days. All other materials check out for 21 days. Be sure to note the due date(s) on your receipt. You may renew SearchOhio and OhioLINK materials 3 times as long as another request has not been placed on the item at the owning library. Renewals cannot be done online through your account; please call the Borrower Services Department at 330.673.4414.
Please note that the late fees for SearchOhio and OhioLINK items are $0.50 per day. Lost or damaged items will be billed for $25.