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Borrow, Renew, Return

In adherence to best practices and guidance from the Governor’s office brought about in response to COVID-19, the State Library is in a “remote work” status.  State Library staff remain available remotely during normal business hours.  Thank you for your patience.  Online resources remain available 24/7.  Loan periods have been extended for physical items currently checked-out. Patrons may return items to the State Library through the mail or 24/7 in the book drop in front of our building.  The option for requesting items for new check-outs will be available beginning September 8, 2020. Click here for more information about Contact Free Front Door Pickup.


Borrow

Visit our Collections page to browse and borrow library resources. You can also search to perform more targeted searches through our database.

How do I request an item?
When browsing through content or search results, click on individual items to determine availability. To place a request:

  1. Click on the Request icon
  2. Select the State Library as your “School or Institution”
  3. Enter your name and your library ID

Renew

To renew your books online, access your account, enter your name and your library ID and click submit. Once you have logged into your account:

  1. Click Checked Out Items
  2. Select the books you want to renew
  3. Click Renew

If you are able to renew your item, a new due date will appear in the Status Column; if you cannot renew your item, a flag will appear indicating that the item could not be renewed.

You may also renew books by calling the calling the State Library Circulation & Special Services Department at 614-644-6950 .

Return

If you are a state employee, you can return your books via inter-office mail. Address books to:

State Library of Ohio
274 E. First Ave, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio, 43201

If you are an Ohio resident, your books must be returned in person at the State Library of Ohio.