2. Searching the Library Catalog: What is the OSU Library Catalog?
The OSU Library Catalog is a specialized database with records describing materials owned or licensed by OSU Libraries. It also includes a circulation system that is used to check out materials.
To get to the catalog, choose the Books and More tab on the main OSU Libraries' web page (http://library.osu.edu).
From there, you can do a search or click on More Options to get to get access to other search options, mini catalogs, and our advanced search.
This is our Catalog Home page.
What are these other tools mentioned on this tab?
The OSU Library Catalog tells you information about items and tells you where to get them, but it does not:
- Contain the full-text of any materials (including articles and e-books) - although select items will have a table of contents, and some items will directly connect you to the full text if it is digital
- Help you find articles - it will only tell you if a periodical title is available. See the Finding Articles tutorial to find out how to do find articles.
Find out how to read a library catalog record in Guided Tour of a Library Catalog Record.
OSU Libraries' collections are located in multiple buildings across the Columbus campus and also at branch campuses. In addition, many materials are online. The catalog will tell you where items are located - no subject area's items are located exclusively in one location.
Play Where is It? to see if you can find the location of an item in its catalog record.