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First Year Library Challenge 2019

Mission #5: Learn how to request books.

In addition to what's available on campus from the College of Wooster Libraries, you have easy access to millions of books from across the state of Ohio via CONSORT and OhioLINK.


As you might have noticed when completing mission #3, the CONSORT catalog is shared with nearby schools Denison University, Kenyon College, and Ohio Wesleyan University.  For you, this means easy access to the library collections at those schools.  By default, CONSORT searches all four libraries for items that match your query; you can easily request items that aren't available from the Wooster libraries.

OhioLINK banner

OhioLINK is a statewide association of academic libraries that work collectively and share resources.  You can request materials from any of the over 90 participating schools using the OhioLINK catalog.  Here is a short video demonstrating different ways to access the OhioLINK catalog:


The process for requesting books is similar in both CONSORT and OhioLINK: look for the "Request" button in your results list or on the page for a specific item.  You'll need to have your bar code number ready to submit the request (remember, your bar code number is on the back of your Wooster ID card).  You'll get a notification email when your book arrives, and you will pick it up at the circulation desk in the Andrews Library.

For this mission, though, we're asking you to do something a little simpler.

  • Use the CONSORT and OhioLINK catalogs to find a book that the College of Wooster Libraries don't own, but that another school does.
  • After you've found them, add the following to the appropriate spaces in your challenge booklet:
    • The title of the book
    • The name of one library that owns it (just list one, even if there are copies at multiple schools -- "The College of Wooster" doesn't count in this mission!)
    • The color of the "Request" button that you would use to borrow this book from another school.