The Power of Cooperation: OhioLINK

Most students, faculty and staff in Ohio colleges and universities are familiar with OhioLINK. Established in 1989 and providing resources online since 1996, The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 90 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to nearly 50 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, millions of electronic journal articles, over 81,000 e-books, thousands of images, videos and sounds, and over 39,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students.

You’ve probably used OhioLINK resources in your work, but do you know HOW OhioLINK is able to provide those resources?  Cooperation among the libraries in the state is the key.

In FY 2014-15, it cost OhioLINK $38,500,000 to provide the online resources we use every day.  Where does that money come from?  You might be surprised:

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81% of the funds for OhioLINK online resources come from the budgets of the individual OhioLINK member libraries.  For Wright State, it’s a great deal; for our $1.6 million, we get $38.5 million in content that’s available to our users 24/7.

How often do you use OhioLINK?  Comment with your thoughts.

For questions about OhioLINK or how to request materials, please contact the Info Desk at 937-775-2925 or Ask a Librarian using chat, email, text and more!