SearchOhio is a group of public libraries in the State of Ohio whose catalogs are all linked together to allow easy sharing of materials between the members. This resource sharing allows you to get the materials you desire from the member libraries when our library does not have an available copy, quickly and cost effectively.
Items may also be requested from Ohio's college and university libraries that participate in OhioLINK.
More than twenty member libraries participate in SearchOhio with more to be added:
Over 60 million volumes are listed in the central databases for SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
Always search for the title you want through Rodman Public Library's WebPAC first. If Rodman doesn't own the title, click the SearchOhio button that appears at the top or bottom of the screen in the row of navigation buttons. Another button also appears in the search results next to the "Your entry would be here" statement. The search will be passed through to the central SearchOhio catalog.
The central catalog displays the search results. Select the title that you want and then click the "Request this title" link in the center of the page:
When asked for the library you are affiliated with, select Rodman PL from the drop-down list. The next steps are exactly like placing a hold in our catalog: enter your last name, enter your barcode number, and select a location for pickup. Once the "Submit" button is clicked, a confirmation message that the request has been placed will display.
If an item is not available through SearchOhio, an option is available to search the OhioLINK database and request items from them.
After you place your request, it will take 5-10 days for the material to be ready for pickup. This includes retrieval and packing time at the owning library, transportation via our cargo service, and unpacking time at our library. Pickup of items at the Carnation Mall Branch will take an additional day.
Items will be delivered for pickup at the Main Library or Carnation Mall Branch. The Library will notify you when your material is ready for pickup.
A number of things can affect a request from being completed:
All items may be renewed 3 times unless another patron at the owning library wants the item. You may renew them online or by telephone as with any Rodman materials.