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New Students: Finding Books

Did you know...

  • It is FREE to check out books! You'll need your Surge card each time (that's your library card), but will only need to sign a quick Borrower's Agreement form once.
  • Books check out for 21 days, but can be renewed up to 6 times by going to Your Library Account (at right), stopping in, or by calling us. Please note: if another library user has requested the book you've checked out, you will not be able to renew it.
  • As a Cincinnati State student, you can check out books from OTHER academic libraries using OhioLINK & public libraries using SearchOhio! And, it's still FREE! You can have the books delivered & return them to the Cincinnati State library.

Have more questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn about additional privileges, fines & payment for overdue materials, & answers to other common questions.

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.

BLINK Resources

Finding Books in BLINK, the Library's Online Catalog

Problems viewing? Watch it on YouTube.

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