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New! Library Guides for Faculty

Do you ever wish that your students were citing better resources for their research assignments? Check out our growing collection of Library Guides that can help your students get started on their research the right way. We also have special guides to assist faculty that are teaching:

For even better results, put the library guide for your subject directly into your Blackboard course site so it is at the student's point of need. We recommend adding a menu link to the side navigation & labeling it "Library Help" or "Research Help". This short video tutorial will demonstrate how to embed Library Guides into Blackboard.

Borrowing Materials

Faculty & Staff: Faculty, and staff must present a valid Cincinnati State ID card to check out materials. There is no limit to the numbers of books that may be checked out at one time; however, only 5 hold requests can be placed on Cincinnati State materials at one time. Most books are due in ten weeks, and may be renewed up to six times, if no other user has requested the material in the meantime. Faculty & staff are responsible for overdue fines accumulated from circulating fiction videos, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio materials, as well as replacement costs for damaged and unreturned items.

"Embedding" a Blackboard Librarian

If you are teaching an online or hybrid class, or if you are teaching face-to-face & using Library Instruction, you can request an "Embedded Librarian" that will connect to your students, right within your Blackboard course site! We'll tailor one of our Library Guides to fit your students' research needs & will embed our page right within your course site. We want to meet students at their point of need--help us help them. Email Kathleen Pickens at to learn more about this new service.

Scheduling Library Instruction

Don't wait until it's too late to schedule a Library Instruction session for your students! If you have a research based assignment, one of our friendly librarians can guide your students through the process of navigating library resources, formulating successful search strategies, evaluating the quality of their resources, & more. For instruction to be successful, faculty must attend the library instruction session & it is helpful if we receive a copy of your research assignment in advance. Stop by the library or email Kathleen Pickens at to confirm availability.

Placing Items on Reserve

Do you have books or media items that you would like your students to be able to share? Consider placing them on reserve at the circulation desk.  Books and videos may be the instructor's personally owned copy or may come from the Cincinnati State library collection (reproductions or items from other libraries can not be placed on reserve). Instructors select the length of the loan period (two hours, 24 hours, three days, one week, or a semester). To place an item on reserve, please complete the e-form at:

Have questions about course reserves? Please contact Ginna Witte (x1695) or Don Vernatter (x1606) at the circulation desk. You may also want to watch this short video tutorial on finding course reserves (YouTube) so that you may see if your required textbook is already on reserve, or so you may explain to your students how to find your class's reserve item.

Checking Your Library Account

Did you know that you can check due dates, renew your items, & check the status of hold requests online?

You just need to enter your:

First & Last Name    
7 Digit College ID or Barcode    

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Faculty & Staff Book Club

Need an excuse to make time for some leisure reading? Check out the Cincinnati State Book Club; in addition to learning about some great reads, you'll have the opportunity to spend some quality time discussing what you loved (or hated) about the book with your Cincinnati State colleagues. Visit the Book Club Site to find information about the next meeting, browse the list of books we've read already, & to make suggestions. You can also email

Suggesting Items for Library Purchase

Have you come across a book or video that you think will really benefit our students? We're happy to consider your suggestions for library purchases. Please see the Library's Collection Management Policy (pdf) for guidelines.

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