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My book is due soon. Can I keep it longer / renew it?

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Learn about all renewal methods (in person, phone, email, online) on the library's renewal page. To see a list of the items you currently have checked out and renew online, click the "My Account" button from the library's homepage.   Some materials cannot be renewed, such as reference or reserve books and Pop Culture Library DVDs.  If the book you would like to renew does not display in your libra... read more


Does the library have movies/TV shows/documentaries available for check out?

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Yes, in both the main stacks and the Browne Popular Culture Library on the 4th floor.   In addition to the video collections within Jerome Library, you can stream movies through the Kanopy service.  Enjoy unlimited access on popular streaming devices. You can also borrow movies through OhioLINK and SearchOhio. ... read more


What do I do if I have lost, misplaced or damaged a library book or other item?

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Contact the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or circdesk@bgsu.edu as soon as possible. We can work with you to resolve the problem.... read more


I am a visitor to BGSU. Can I still use the library if I am not a student, staff, or faculty member?

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Yes! Visitors and guests are welcome to visit the library and use library resources while you are here. If you would like to check out books, read this information about courtesy cards and guest privileges. Anyone who has received a degree from BGSU is eligible for a free courtesy card.... read more


How can I pay a fine that I owe to the library?

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You can pay your fines and fees at the circulation desk, using cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or your BG1 Card, for approximately the first week after the book was returned. The fine, if not paid, will be transferred to your Bursar bill and can be paid through MyBGSU.... read more


Where are the magazines/journals/periodicals?

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Hard copies of journals are located behind the Learning Commons on the first floor of the library. They're arranged alphabetically by journal title and chronologically within each title. Many more periodicals are available online through the library's subscriptions. Search for a specific periodical title, whether online or print.  ... read more


What are the library's hours?

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Check when the library opens or closes. Please note that hours may vary by location and holidays.... read more


Can I request a book that is currently checked out?

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If the book you need to request is currently checked out, you can check to see whether the book is available through OhioLINK  or SearchOhio. Or, contact the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or circdesk@bgsu.edu to recall or request the book from the person who has it checked out.... read more


In addition to books, what other items can I check out from the library?

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We have a wide selection of materials you can check out from the library.  You can borrow laptops, headphones, and phone chargers at the Jerome Library circulation desk on the first floor. We also have umbrellas and a GoPro along with other cameras. You can borrow calculators at the Learning Commons. In addition to the phone chargers for checkout, there is a charging station located outside Thinke... read more


I need help formatting/submitting my ETD to OhioLINK.

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You can find information for help formatting/submitting your ETD to OhioLINK in the thesis and dissertation handbook. Also, you can receive in-person help from the CollabLab located on the 1st floor of the library.... read more


Where can I find Vancouver citation information?

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BGSU has a LibGuide page for Vancouver Style Citation.  Vancouver Community College citation style guide and The University of Western Australia Vancouver Citation Style are also great resources for guides on Vancouver Style citation.  ... read more


Do you have my textbook?

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Search by course number, instructor, or title/author to find out if your book is on reserve at the library circulation desk. Most reserve textbooks are available for a 2 hour checkout, in the library only. Also, you can search for a textbook in the Jerome Library Catalog and through OhioLINK.   ... read more


How do I find out where this book is in the library?

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Once you've found a book in the catalog, use the Map It! feature to help you locate the book within the library. ... read more


Can I check out a reference book?

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Yes. Most reference books can be checked out for 24 hours at the Circulation Desk. ... read more


Where are the color printers/printing in the library?

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There are color printers on the 1st floor by the ITS Help Desk and another across from the Outtakes Cafe. There are additional color printers on the 2nd floor in the Curriculum Resource Center, 3rd floor in the Music Library, 4th floor in the Popular Culture Library and 5th floor in the Archives. Color printers/printing are located on the floor maps near the yellow "computer access" icons. ... read more


What software is available on the computers in the library lobby?

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Here's a current list of software on the computers in the library lobby. Also, here's a list for computer labs throughout the BGSU campus.  ... read more


Where can I find MLA citation information?

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You can start with our MLA Citation LibGuide.... read more


Where can I get started with research for my GSW 1120 paper topic?

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You can start with a search in Summon for both books and articles.  If you need further assistance, visit the GSW 1120 LibGuide or contact the Research and Information Desk.... read more


What are the cafe's hours?

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Check the UL Library's calendar for Thinkers @ Outtakes hours. Thinkers is closed on the weekends and during summer semester and intersession weeks.... read more


When will my OhioLINK book arrive?

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Books usually arrive in 3 to 5 business days. Occasionally, a book may take longer if the book was checked out to someone else when you made your request. You will get an email when the book arrives. Come to the circulation desk with a photo ID to pick up your book. If you have any questions about an OhioLINK request, call the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or email at circdesk@bgsu.edu. ... read more


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