Stark County District Library is committed to helping you stay smart. Our collection is made up of thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more to help fulfill this commitment but we can’t order everything. You might find that your search on our site revealed no items in our catalog; or maybe we have the title you’re interested in but only the print book and not audio. What are your options when you find yourself in this position? Is there anywhere else on our site you can look for that item? Can you make a purchase request? Answers are below.
Stark County District Library is one of the dozens of public libraries that make up the resource sharing consortium SearchOhio. Our membership in this consortium allows you access to the more than 10 million items that participating libraries share. If you have already searched our catalog and don’t find what you’re looking for then click on the SearchOhio icon on the left side of the search results page. This opens a new tab with the same search replicated in SearchOhio.
Let’s say you’re looking for the audiobook (on CD) of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A search for this title on our site will show you that we have the physical book, an e-book and an e-audiobook but not the book on CD. You can continue your search outside our catalog by clicking the SearchOhio icon to the left of your results.
For this particular search the book on CD is the first result (easily identified by the CD icon below the title information.) Simply click the Request Item button and follow the prompts to have that item sent to your home library.
SearchOhio items typically arrive in 3 – 5 days. While checked out the item can be renewed just like any of our regular items (assuming there are no holds on the item at the owning library.) And when the item is due simply return it to one of our locations and we’ll mail it back to the owning library.
Stark County District Library is a member of another resource-sharing consortium called OhioLink. OhioLink is very similar to SearchOhio with one exception: SearchOhio consists solely of public libraries; OhioLink consists and public libraries and academic/university libraries. OhioLink gives you access to millions of academic and scholarly materials available at colleges and universities all over the state.
Aside from that difference OhioLink works the same as SearchOhio. Click in a search bar anywhere on our website and perform your search. To see what is available in OhioLink simply click the OhioLink button on the left side of your search results.
This opens your search in the OhioLink catalog. If you find something you like click the green Request button and follow the instructions to have the book sent to your home library. We will notify you when it is available for pick up and checkout; when it’s due just return it to one of our locations and we’ll mail it back to the owning library.
Materials Request Form
Your third option if you are unable to find an item in our catalog is to submit a purchase request. We’ll purchase the item for you and then (as a thank you for your recommendation) put you first on the item’s waitlist. A link to the purchase request form is above but you can also find it by clicking on the Services tab form any page of our website; then New Books, Bestsellers and More. The Need Something We Don’t Have link is at the top of the page.
Hopefully you find what you’re looking for quickly and easily when visiting thesmartstore.org. We try very hard to offer as many subjects and formats as possible in our collection. If you ever search for an item and do not find what you’re looking for just follow the tips above and you should have your item in no time.