Monday, November 18, 2013

Geauga County Public Library joins SearchOhio consortium

Geauga County Public Library patrons now have access to more than 66 million items, thanks to the system's recent connection with the SearchOhio consortium. Library users in Geauga County can now use materials from public libraries across Ohio, in addition to OhioLINK.

Below, the news release from the Geauga County Public Library:
Geauga County Public Library has joined the SearchOhio consortium of libraries, giving all GCPL card-carrying patrons access to a whole new world of materials. About 66.5 million items.
“We are extremely pleased to be able offer our patrons this kind of resource depth,” says
Deborah F. O’Connor, Director of Geauga County Public Library. “Geauga taxpayers didn’t spend a dime, and their collection expanded 100 fold. There is no need to purchase single-use materials when we take advantage of the collections from around Ohio. And, the relationship is reciprocal; other libraries have access to our collection of about a half a million materials. When we all share our resources, everyone wins. It’s exciting to consider the vast quantity of books, periodicals, movies and music we all can enjoy.”
SearchOhio membership gives our patrons access to virtually all the items from 16 Ohio public libraries. It also allows our patrons access to the OhioLINK catalog. OhioLINK is a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. It provides access to approximately 50 million books and other library materials.
GCPL is no longer using MORE to process requests of items not available in our catalog. However, MORE requests that had been placed prior to our SearchOhio launch date (Sept. 24, 2013), are being honored. You may check the status of your MORE holds / requests, or feel free to contact your local Geauga County Public Library location to speak with a librarian about any questions you may have.
To begin using SearchOhio, log into your account and begin searching for an item by typing a word or author name into the search field. To expand your search outside of the GCPL catalog, click the SearchOhio or OhioLINK buttons at the top right-hand corner of your page, just beneath the Geauga County Public Library logo.
Patrons with any questions regarding how to access SearchOhio or OhioLINK should contact any Geauga County Public Library location and speak with a staff member.

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