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Adult and Graduate Studies Library Guide: Off-Campus Help

A guide to library resources - for students in our Adult and Graduate Studies programs.

Help for Off-Campus users

If you're enrolled in courses hosted by our satellite locations, or if you're working on coursework from anywhere other than the Bluffton campus, this information from our Help for Off-Campus users page may be helpful.

Accessing Databases From Off-Campus

Nearly all of our research databases can be used wherever you have internet access.  When you choose a database, one of two things will happen:

1) You will be taken directly to the database if the database is freely accessible to anyone, OR,

2) You will be asked to enter:

a)  your last name (first and last name will NOT work) and

b)  the barcode number from your Bluffton ID card (all 14 digits, beginning with 21195).

test your barcode here

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Sending OhioLINK Requests to a non-Bluffton Location

Depending on where you are taking classes, you may wish to have your OhioLINK requests sent to the library at another institution, for example, Edison Community College in Piqua, or Northwest State Community College in Archbold. To do this, you can use OhioLINK's "Pickup Anywhere" service. Follow these procedures:

  1. Use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to locate books or other library materials that you would like to receive.
  2. Click on the REQUEST button.
  3. The next screen will ask for the name of your institution. Select Bluffton University.
  4. On the next screen, enter or select the following information:
    • Name: Enter your name as it appears on your Bluffton ID card.
    • Barcode: Enter the number on the back of your Bluffton ID card. It should start with 21195 and have 9 more digits.
    • Pickup Institution: You will see Bluffton University here. You may change this to your preferred pickup location, e.g. Edison CC, Northwest St CC, etc., to have your requests delivered to the library that is the most convenient for you.
    • Pickup Location: This will vary by institution. In some cases, there is only one option. For example, when you choose Edison CC from the Pickup Institution menu, the only option in the Pickup Location box will be "Edison Library". This is correct.
  5. Click on SUBMIT.
  6. You should receive a confirmation screen that your request was successful. If you don't get that confirmation, ask us for assistance

You can use the Check Your Account link on Musselman Library’s homepage to check the status of your requests. It may say OHIOLINK RCVD" or "READY FOR PICKUP" when an item is ready for you to pick up.