OhioLINK is a statewide consortium consisting of 120 academic libraries and the State Library of Ohio. It grew out of a 1987 recommendation for the library committee of the Ohio Department of Higher Education that "the state of Ohio implement, as expeditiously as possible, a statewide electronic catalog system." That recommendation was fulfilled in 1992 when six universities installed OhioLINK systems and began building the OhioLINK (central) catalog. That catalog remains the backbone of OhioLINK and now lists some 46 million books and other library materials. The Hiram College Library joined OhioLINK in 1997.
Borrowing books through OhioLINK is easy. We recommend you first check the Hiram College Library catalog and if you don't find what you need, just click on the OhioLINK button at the top. That will recreate in the OhioLINK central catalog your most recent search. Once you find the item you wish to borrow:
Generally, it takes 3 to 5 days for a book to arrive. When it is ready for you to come check it out, you should automatically receive an email in your Hiram College email account. Please return the book to the library where you checked it out.
You may also check out books directly from another OhioLINK library by using your Hiram ID.
From the beginning OhioLINK has used its collective purchasing power to provide electronic resources. Today those electronic resources have grown enormously and can be found in the following OhioLINK "centers":
SearchOhio is a consortium of a number of Ohio public libraries. SearchOhio functions much like a public library version of OhioLINK. The two catalogs are linked so that you may also request items from the SearchOhio catalog. It is particularly useful for fiction and media.