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Columbiana Campus Libraries: Information for Students

This guide will introduce you to the library's services and resources.

Getting Help

There are lots of ways to get assistance!

By phone:

330-382-7401 (East Liverpool)

330-337-4213 (Salem)

By text:

Text us at 66746. Start your question with KENT
Example: kent what are the library hours on saturdays?

By e-mail

Need more help? Schedule a research appointment by calling 330-382-7401 (EL) or 330-337-4213 (Salem).

My Library Account

LIBRARY CARD:  Students are automatically registered in the Library's system.  Your Flashcard is your library card.

MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT:  Login with your Flashline username and password, to renew materials, pay fines, check the staus of your requests, etc.   


Reserves are materials that faculty have submitted to the library to be placed in a special collection (the reserve collection).  They have shorter loan periods than other materials. They are often "reguired readings" for a course and, as such, are in high demand. The sections of this guide, "Finding Books" and "Finding Articles," explain how to get reserves.   

Off Campus Access

You can access KentLINK, OhioLINK, and the Research Databases from any computer with access to the World Wide Web.  Due to licensing restrictions, you will be required to authenticate yourself as a valid University user to access some resources. 

KSU Proxy allows you to connect to the campus network as if you were on campus.  When prompted you will simply need to enter your Flashline username and password. Refer to the Off Campus Access section of the Library home page.

You can also access resources with OhioLink Authentication. When accessing a database, resource or requesting materials you will be asked for your University affiliation. After selecting Kent State University you will be asked for your name and banner ID #. If requesting a physical library item don't forget to select the "pick-up" location. This is your preferred campus library. OhioLink Authentication generally logs you on for a 2 hour period of time.


Laptops are loaned for a 2 day period.  Ask at the information desk for details


Prinitng is 7 cents a page with your Flashcard.  Color prints are 14 cents.  All of the Library's electronic resources also allow for saving (bring your USB flash drive) and emailing of documents.

Media Equipment and MultiMedia Studio

MULTI MEDIA EQUIPMENT:  Digital cameras, video cameras, and other multimedia equipment are available for 2 day loan for class projects.  Ask at the information desk for details.


Let the faculty and student peer tutors help you with your writing, chemistry, math, anatomy & physiology.

For East Liverpool:

Ask at the library information desk for a list of current tutoring hours, or pick-up a brochure available at the desk.

For Salem:

Visit the Academic Learning Commons and ask at the information desk for a list of current tutoring hours.

Also contact them at the Salem Learning Center's webpage.


The Third Place

The library is a great place to do research, study, or relax quietly with friends.

Free coffee and tea are available and food is allowed.  Enjoy comfortable seating. friendly staff, computers, nice surroundings, magazines for browsing, and a television to catch up on world events.

What is Third Place?  The concept was created by Ray Oldenburg in "The Great Good Place."  He contends that the first place is home, the second place is the workplace (or school), but the third place is one that is chosen.  It is a place that becomes an anchor of community life and facilitates and promotes broader, more creative interaction.  Make the Library your Third Place!


Services for Distance Learning Students

Kent State University Libraries provides free-of-charge book shipment services for off-campus distance learning students who meet certain criteria.  Click here to learn more.

If you need a journal article that is not full text in one of the research databases, it may be possible to get it through Article E-Delivery or Interlibrary Loan.  Click here to learn more.