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Middletown: Finding Books

Getting Started

Already have your Surge Card? That's your Library Card!

Your Surge Card is your passport to checking out library books at the Cincinnati State Library, or for checking out books at ANY participating OhioLINK or SWON library. If you don't have your Surge Card yet, you can go get one onsite at the Middletown campus or to Student Activities on the main campus. See their web page for details at

If you can't make it to either location, check with the library you want to use. As long as you have a current photo ID & know your 7-digit College ID, many will let you check out books as a Cincinnati State student. See below for more information about getting a MidPointe Public Library card, too.

Find Books in BLINK

Problems with the search form? Go straight to BLINK! The Library's Online Catalog.

Find E-Books

At Cincinnati State, you have access to over 100,000 e-books via the databases listed below. You will need to enter your name & 7 digit College ID to connect to these resources from off-campus. Not sure what your ID number is? Go to MYCSTATE & use the link for "Look Up Username/Reset Your Cincinnati State Password" to retrieve it. Watch our "Looking Up Your College ID" video for more instructions.

Watch & Learn

Our YouTube Playlist has quick tutorials on most of the above resources. Click the menu icon in the playlist to go straight to the video you need.

Libraries Near You

Do you live in Middletown? Your status as a Cincinnati State student grants you access to use nearby libraries.

Miami University Middletown, Gardner-Harvey Library

You can use your Surge card to check out books from their campus library, or use OhioLINK's "Pick Up Anywhere" to have books delivered here.

4200 North University Blvd.
Middletown, Ohio 45042
Phone: 513.727.3222

MidPointe Public Library (Middletown)

Did you know the Middletown public library is just around the corner (.3 miles!) from Cincinnati State? As a Cincinnati State student, you can get a membership card to the MidPointe Public Library with just a photo ID, proof of birth date, & proof of address--see their Borrowing Guidelines  for details. With their library card, you can get Cincinnati State & OhioLINK books delivered to their location for checkout.

125 South Broad Street
Middletown, OH 45044
Phone: 513.424.1251

If you will be on the Main Campus for classes, you can also use the search box at the top of this page for books owned by Cincinnati State. As long as the item status is "Available", you can write down the item's "Call Number" & then use that to find it in the stacks when you get here. If you want to pick the books up at the MidPointe Public Library, you'll need to use the OhioLINK or SearchOhio catalogs to request delivery.

BLINK Resources

Finding Books in BLINK, the Library's Online Catalog

Problems viewing? Watch it on YouTube.

More Resources

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Johnnie Mae Berry Library

Phone: 513.569.1606
Text: 513.275.4466
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Berry Library • Room 170 Main Building • 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690

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