Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Library and its services. If you have other questions about the Library or its services, please contact us. We’re happy to help.
What are the Library's hours?
The Library's regular hours are
7:30 am – 10 pm M–Th
7:30 am – 4:30 pm F
8 am – 4 pm Sat
When classes are not in session, the Library is open 8 am - 5 pm M-F only. Check here for the schedule of holidays and term breaks.
How do I get a library card?
Your SurgeCard is your library card. Your library barcode number is the long number printed on the back.
How do I login as library guest?
Many library programs are available free to everyone, but some are restricted. All programs are available to Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, guests are unable to access restricted programs.
How many items can I check out at one time?
There is no limit to the number of items you can check out at one time.
How many times can I renew items?
Most items can be renewed four times. Check your library record to request renewals.
Can I check out DVDs and videotapes?
Some media programs can be checked out; others must be used in the Library. Individual TV/VCR/DVD stations are available. An increasing amount of video material is available through streaming video. To watch this off-campus, you will need your barcode number
How do I access the wireless network in the library?
Laptops with a wireless network card should automatically connect to the wireless network. If you have problems or need assistance, please see the attendant at the laptop station.
How do I print or make photocopies?
The Library has two coin-operated photocopiers. Additional photocopiers are located on the third floor walkway between the Main Building and the Health Professions Building, and near Student Activities, Room 204 of ATLC.
To print from a computer in the Library, you will need a SurgeCard. Swipe your card at the print release station. Guests can purchase a copy card from a station near Student Activities. Unfortunately, you cannot print from your personal laptop.
How do I order items from other libraries?
Look for the item you desire in BLINK, the Berry Library’s online catalog. If the item you desire is not available, (either because our copy is in use or because we do not have the item) click on the “Search OhioLINK” button. This will search for your same item in nearly 100 libraries throughout Ohio. When you find the record for the item you want, click “Request This Item.” Choose “Cincinnati State” as your institution, and provide your name and ID number. You will receive an email notification when your item arrives.
Occasionally, you may want something that is not available through the OhioLINK system. When this happens, come to the Library’s Help Desk and request an interlibrary loan form. We will then search additional libraries outside of Ohio.
Can I use other libraries with my SurgeCard?
Berry Library users have borrowing privileges at all OhioLINK member libraries, and at member libraries of the Southwest Ohio and Neighboring (SWON) Libraries.
I am not affiliated with Cincinnati State. How do I obtain borrowing privileges?
Users from OhioLINK and SWON Libraries members can check out materials with proper identification.
How do I return items when the library is closed?
The Library does not have a “drop box” to accept returns when not opened. Items must be returned when the Library is open.
What is the schedule of fines for the library?
OhioLINK and media items are subject to fees of $.50 per day. Circulating Reserve items, which circulate for three days, are subject to overdue fees of $1.00 per day. Laptops are subject to overdue fees of $10 per hour.
What is the fee for lost materials?
The fee for lost materials from the Berry Library is a minimum of $100 per item. The fee for lost OhioLINK material is a minimum of $125 per item. Items are considered “lost” when they are 24 days overdue and bills are sent. If these items are then returned, fees are reduced to $25 per item for Berry Library materials and $50 per item for OhioLINK materials.
Where do I pay my fines?
Fines are paid at the Cashier’s Office.
Do I have to pay my library fines in order to graduate?
You must pay your library fines before you can register for the next term, receive transcripts, or graduate.
Does the library have rooms that students can reserve?
The Library has two group study rooms available on a first-come first-served basis. They are located on the balcony over the stacks, and are reached via stairways in either corner.