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Library Resources for Alumni

NOTE: This page is to describe Hiram College Library Resources available to Hiram College alumni.  To access the pages of the Alumni Relations Office, Click Here. 

Using the building

The Hiram College Library is open to all alumni to visit.  You are welcome to browse the open stacks and enjoy our reading and study areas.  Hours are posted on the library’s Web page.  Several computers are available for the public to use to access the Internet.

Borrowing Books

Books and other materials may be checked out by the following:

  • Current Hiram College faculty, staff, and students (valid Hiram ID required).
  • Friends of the Hiram College Library (valid Friends membership card required).  For more information on the Friends, click here.
  • Current faculty, staff, and students at an OhioLINK library (valid library ID is required).  Click here for a list of OhioLINK libraries
  • Holders of a valid library card from a SearchOhio library.  That is all libraries on this list except Clermont County Public Library, Geauga County Public Library, Lane Libraries, and Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.

The Hiram College Library does participate in interlibrary loan, so contact your local library to borrow items not held there.

Government Documents

The Hiram College Library has been a depository for U.S. government documents since 1874 and is also a depository for State of Ohio documents.  As is true of all of its open collections, you are welcome to come into the library and use these collections.

The majority of those documents are listed in the library’s online catalog, which is searchable by anyone.  Most recent documents are available online to everyone and the catalog record provides a link to the document when it is available online.

For more information on the government documents collections, please see our Government Documents web page.


Using Online Resources (databases)

Licensing agreements allow us to provide access only to current Hiram College faculty, staff, and students, as well walk-ins (those who are in the library building).  We cannot, therefore, provide off-campus access to our online databases and journals.

Please note, however, that residents of Ohio do have access to a number of online resources through the Ohio Web Library, part of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).  Many of those databases have full-text articles in them.  For more information, click here or click here to go directly to the Ohio Web Library to go directly to the Ohio Web Library.  You will need a valid public library card to use the databases.

JSTOR is the online resource that draws the most questions.  Our license with them is the standard limit of current Hiram faculty, staff, and students, as well as walk-ins.  Please note that JSTOR provides free access to some articles and allows some limited free access to its resources.  For more information, click here. 

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