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OhioLINK offers renewals up to 15 weeks

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 7, 2005) -- Students, faculty and staff at Ohio University and across Ohio can now keep the books they borrow from other OhioLINK libraries for up to 15 weeks, as long as another user has not requested the materials.

"Users statewide have been asking to keep OhioLINK books longer than six weeks," said Tony Maniaci, chair of OhioLINK's Inter-Campus Services Committee, which sets OhioLINK borrowing policies. "OhioLINK has to carefully balance the needs of researchers who wish to keep an item for an extended period of time with those who have short timeframes to meet a deadline or complete a class assignment. Recent improvements to the software used for online borrowing checks for holds before allowing a renewal. This new functionality allows us to extend the maximum borrowing period for items and better meet the needs of all OhioLINK users."

OhioLINK books may be checked out for three weeks and renewed up to four times, as long as another user has not placed a hold on the item, for a total maximum borrowing period of 15 weeks. Users can request and renew OhioLINK books and local library materials online via the library's Web site at www.library.ohiou.edu

The OhioLINK Library Catalog contains more than 9.6 million unique library items, 58 percent of which are only available at one of the 85 OhioLINK libraries. Users can request to pick up items at the Alden Library, the Music/Dance Library or any other participating OhioLINK library. Items are usually delivered in just two to three days. There is no charge for Ohio University students, faculty and staff to request OhioLINK items, but late fees are charged for items kept past the due date.

About OhioLINK:

The Ohio Library and Information Network is a consortium of academic libraries that serves more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff at 85 institutions. OhioLINK's membership includes 17 public universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 44 private colleges and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLINK provides easy access to information and rapid delivery of library materials throughout the state. Online borrowing continues to be a core service of the OhioLINK program, 729,000 library items were borrowed through the network in the past 12 months. For more information, visit www.ohiolink.edu/about.

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