Undergraduate Students

An introduction to some of the library services of most interest to undergraduate students.

Research Essentials


Power search books & more using Summon. Use limiters like full text or scholarly to refine your search. Watch this 3-minute video for more tips. You can also find books in the BGSU Libraries Catalog and in OhioLINK.



Search for scholarly articles on any topic in EBSCO. Download pdfs or use the Find It! button to link to full text or request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). You will find more places to find articles and other kinds of information on our All Databases list, arranged by subject.

Make an appointment to meet with a librarian


Make an appointment to meet with a librarian! While you can always drop in, email, chat or call for assistance whenever the Research & Information Desk is open, librarians are also available for one-on-one appointments to help with any research project.

For Your Classes


Course Reserves

Many professors will put the textbook for your course on reserve at the library. Most reserves are available to use for 2 hours at a time in the library, but some may circulate overnight. The library also has Avalon streaming audio and video reserves.



LibGuides are online research guides created by librarians for specific courses and subjects. Course-specific guides often help you complete specific research assignments. Subject guides showcase resources for research in specific disciplines.

Textbooks: find, compare and save


Use our online search tool to find all your options for purchasing or renting your textbook from an online retailer.


Study Spaces

Study Spaces

There are a variety of study spaces throughout the library, many of which can be reserved in advance. Learn about our spaces or book a study room.

Printing & Scanning

Printing & Scanning

Print in color or black & white, scan to pdf, or make high-quality scans in the library.

More Services for Students

Authorized Borrower

The Authorized Borrower Form allows an individual you identify to borrow books, place holds, and pick up OhioLINK and ILL materials on your behalf.

The authorized borrower will present their own ID and tell the library staff member that they need to borrow the materials on your account. An OhioLINK book can only be borrowed on the account from which the request was made.

Citing Sources

Our citation guides can help you get started citing research in APA and MLA format. The web-based tool RefWorks allows you to save citations and format bibliographies automatically.

Collab Lab

The Collab Lab is a hands-on, collaborative, innovative, and creative space located on the first floor of the Jerome Library. The open design fosters collaboration through technology and moveable furniture that brings people, space, and information together in a collaborative work environment.

The Collab Lab also has a small Makerspace area offering hands-on access to 3D printers and a 60-watt 18 X 32 table Universal Laser cutter.

Please consult their page about use and reservations.

Subject Librarians

Look up the contact information for the librarian in your area to make an individual appointment with a subject specialist.


The troubleshooting guide can help you if you are having trouble accessing resources or logging in from off campus.

Book Purchase Requests

Use the book purchase request form to suggest an item for the library's collection. We will evaluate all suggestions, but may not be able to purchase all suggested items.

Updated: 02/03/2023 10:53AM