Requesting BGSU Items

You can request any item in the BGSU catalog that has a “request item” button at the top of the screen. Items that are checked out, in non-circulating collections, or otherwise not available, will not have a request button to click. Once you have requested the item, library staff will bring the item to the main Circulation Desk on the first floor for you to check out. Please allow 24-48 hours. You will get an email when the item is ready to pick up.

If you have any questions about holding an item that does not have a request button on its page, contact the Circulation Desk, or use the Search OhioLINK button to find out if the item can be requested via OhioLINK instead.

Requesting OhioLINK items

You can request OhioLINK items by searching the OhioLINK catalog directly, or by searching using BGSU's Summon search or the BGSU catalog, and then clicking the Search OhioLINK button.

After clicking the Request button, you will first be asked for your school or institution. BGSU patrons should choose Bowling Green. On the next screen, you will be asked where you would like to pick up the item; you may choose any OhioLINK institution.

At this point, depending on where you started your search, you may have two different login prompts. If you started at the BGSU website, you will be asked for your BGSU username and password, if you are not already logged in.

If you started directly at the OhioLINK catalog, you will be asked for your name and ID number. Enter your name, not your username (John Smith, not jsmith) and your 10 digit BGSU ID number.

If you get an error message at this point, please contact us with the exact text of the error so we can assist. Note that if all copies are checked out and none are due within 10 days, you will not be able to place your request.


SearchOhio is the public library equivalent of OhioLINK. Use SearchOhio to find leisure reading, children’s books, DVDs and music, and more. You can get to the SearchOhio catalog directly, or by clicking through from OhioLINK.

Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request books that are not available through OhioLINK or SearchOhio. ILL may also be used to request book chapters or journal articles, which will be delivered electronically.

Purchase Requests

To ask that the library purchase a specific title, please contact the appropriate librarian below: