The first thing people think when they hear the word library is "a place to get books." While the model of libraries and librarianship has very much been transformed in the information era, the library is still a place to discover, locate, and make use of books. Not everything is accessible with the click of a button. Print still matters.
Searching from the Bishop Ransom Library page will produce results from the OPAL on-line catalog, which is shared by 24 libraries in Ohio.
The search results are a list of short records based on your search term. Take note of the item's Location, Call Number, and Status. More details about each item is in its Full Record, which can be seen by selecting the item title.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Payne's borrowing privileges within the OPAL network have been temporarily suspended. This means our students can only check-out materials from the Wilberforce/Payne library.
From the OPAL Catalog select Limit Your Search and then choose Wilberforce/Payne from the Location drop-down to see items that can currently be borrowed.
A useful tool for finding library materials is Worldcat, which provides a global picture of library holdings.
The First Search database provides more search options than the WorldCat website. If you have the option (which you currently do), use the First Search database above the WorldCat website.
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are extremely useful when searching, particularly when they are linked as they are in the OhioLINK catalog and in First Search.
Look in an item's record under Subject(s).
Use these linked subjects to discover other materials classified under the same subject headings.