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How to access databases and other library resources when you are not at LCCC.
Last Updated: Jan 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesShareThis

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Library ID

You must have an up-to-date Library ID if you want to:

  • Check out books from the LCCC library.
  • Request library items through OhioLINK when not available at LCCC.
  • Use any research database from off-campus.

If you do not have a Library ID, or if your Library ID is not updated for the semester, stop at the CIRCULATION desk with a copy of your schedule. The front of the ID has a 14-digit number above the bar code that you will have to type when requesting materials through OhioLINK or trying to use research databases from an off-campus location. An updated ID should have a sticker on the back for the current semester.

ID Front
ID Back



Eligibility Requirements

Before you will be allowed to access the databases, you must prove you are an eligible user (this two-step process is also known as authentication--see below). In general, eligible users include all LCCC/UP students, faculty, and staff who meet the following criteria:

  • You must currently be registered at the LCCC Library.
  • You have no unpaid fines or overdue material.


If you are trying to access a database from off-campus, or when you are viewing the OhioLINK catalog and choose to request an item, you will have to authenticate (see above). Follow the steps below:

Step   Description
1 On the OhioLINK Institution Selection Form, choose Lorain County Community College from the list.
2 On the OhioLINK Authentication Form, follow the instructions provided, entering your name and the 14-digit number located directly above the barcode on your Library ID card. (See Library ID box to the right on this tab.)
3 Click Submit.

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