Find books at OSU Libraries in a few easy steps.
Click on the Availability & Request options tab to see the location and status of the book.
The best way to start searching for books on a topic is a basic keyword search. There are some specific things to keep in mind when you are using keywords to find books:
To find a book on the shelf in the library, you need 3 pieces of information from the 1Search record:
Use the Call Number Location Guide to see where the call number is located.
To track down a copy of a specific book:
If we do not have the book here at OSU, change to the OSU Libraries + Summit scope from the drop-down menu .
To borrow the book from another library, click on the Availability & Request Options tab and choose Request from Interlibrary Loan. You must be logged in to 1Search to see this option.
If you don't find the book you want in OSU Libraries' collections, don't give up!
You can easily search the catalogs of libraries around the region and place a request for the book you want. If it's available, you should have it within the week.
1. Start by entering the title or topic into the 1Search search box in the top right side of the library home page.
2. You will be prompted to log in with your ONID. You will want to do this so that you can order the book from another library.
3. If you have a very long list of results or don't see the book you want, try changing to the OSU Libraries + Summit scope from the drop down menu. This will narrow down your results list. You can also refine your search to just books using the facets on the left side of the screen.
4. Click on the Availability & Request Options tab and choose Request from Interlibrary Loan.
Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a repository of more than 33,000 texts on a variety of subjects. Most of the books are in the public domain because their copyright has expired; the number of current texts in this repository is relatively small.
Google Books. Working in partnership with several libraries, Google has created a huge database of electronic books. Your access to these books will vary: some are available in full, some provide substantial preview views, and some provide only snippet (sentence-length) views. You can find the books in libraries, purchase them, or view the available portions online.
WorldCat - a database of books and articles held by libraries around the United States and some international libraries. Search Worldcat to find out what's been published in your area and request the items through your public library's interlibrary loan service.