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OhioLINK: What is OhioLINK?

What is OhioLINK?

OhioLINK LogoEstablished in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium, serving 121 member libraries. Delivering both IT infrastructure and content negotiation, OhioLINK provides students, faculty, researchers, and staff with access to valuable digital research collections at a fraction of the cost if those collections had to be purchased by individual institutions. OhioLINK also connects library services, print and digital collections among its member institutions and manages collaborative services aimed at reducing students’ cost of higher education in Ohio.

Youngstown State University is one of the founding members of OhioLINK.

A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH) and funded through the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioLINK creates competitive advantage for its member institutions and supports student and researcher success across Ohio.

Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to:

  • 46M+ books and other library materials
  • 100+ electronic research databases
  • 33 million electronic journal articles
  • 200,000 e-books
  • Nearly 85,000 images, videos and sounds
  • 100,000+ theses and dissertations from students at 36 Ohio institutions

OhioLINK Mission, Vision & Values

Mission Statement

OhioLINK creates a competitive advantage for Ohio's higher education community by cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to, and preserving an expanding array of print and digital scholarly resources in order to advance teaching, learning, research, and the growth of Ohio's knowledge-based economy.


Vision Statement

Provide Ohio students, faculty, & citizens with the best academic library content to achieve their goals and aspirations.


OhioLINK Values & Principles

  • Cooperation, transparency, communication, and shared decision making.
  • Using resources in ways that serve both the collective good and member libraries' individual priorities and needs.
  • Sharing diverse, deep, and growing collections of current and historical materials.
  • Collaborating with other types of Ohio libraries and information providers to serve the citizens of the state.