Category Archives: General

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Thanksgiving hours begin on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – 8AM-6PM
  • Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26-27 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, Nov. 28 – 1-5PM
  • Sunday, Nov. 29– 5PM-2AM

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving!

Attend Library Workshops this Semester!

 Attend library workshops @Jerome Library this semester! Sessions are scheduled so the BGSU community can grow in their research skills and learn about tools for positive academic and work outcomes!

 Sessions include: Locating Primary Sources; RefWorks; Library Basics for International Students; Making the Most of the Library; Scientific Databases & Resources; Searching Databases in Languages Other than English; Library Resources for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Government Documents; Using Online Historical Newspapers; and Finding Primary Sources Online.

 To find out more about the sessions and to register, visit:


Ferguson Grand Jury Documents

August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The prosecutor brought the case to the grand jury to determine if there was probable cause to indict Officer Wilson. The grand jury decided not to indict him. Recently, news organizations reported that the U.S. Justice Department may bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department charging them with a pattern of racially discriminatory practices.

Usually grand jury proceedings are secret but, in a surprising move, the grand jury proceedings and documents in this case were released to the public. All or parts of these documents were available on various news sites, but the documents have all now been made available by the Stanford University libraries, with the intention that they will remain available long after the news organizations have removed them from their web sites.

Among the documents that were released are grand jury testimony, transcripts of policy calls, autopsy reports, DNA and firearm analysis, medical records, toxicology reports, and witness interviews.

The documents are available at:

NOTE: The image associated with this post is made available courtesy of Jamelle Bouie and Wikimedia.

Government UFO Documents!

Government UFO Documents Now Available

The U.S. Air Force investigated reports from 1947 to 1969 as part of Project Blue Book. Those documents are now available at Fold3. These documents include witness accounts, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, analyses, etc. During this time there were more than 12,000 UFO sightings, although the Air Force found an explanation for all but 701. To see the 129,658 documents in the Files that were released, see:

Although Fold3 is a subscription service, this file is freely available. Fold3 has been working with the National Archives and releasing digitized files. Among the free collections on the site are:

Amistad – Supreme Court Records

Brady Civil War Photos

Custer’s Court Martial

Dachau Entry Registers

Lincoln Assassination Papers

Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial

Welcome Back! Library Hours announced for Spring semester

It may not look like spring, but we’re excited to have you back at the Library and Learning Commons! We strive to make your research and study spaces as comfortable and useful as possible.

The William T. Jerome library will be open the following hours during Spring 2015 semester (January 12-May 8):

Monday-Thursday           8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Friday                                    8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday                              10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m
Sunday                                 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Additional information and exceptions can be found on the Library Hours webpage.

Library Open 24/5 (Sunday-Thursday)

Attention night owls! For your studying needs, the Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open 24 hours beginning Sunday, December 7 through Thursday, December 11 and again on Sunday, December 14 through Thursday, December 18. The purpose is to provide safe and secure study areas and gathering spaces for students to work on projects and study for exams.

Important reminder: Circulation services as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials will be available until 2:00 am. Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night. Campus Police will be stationed in the library throughout the night to ensure student safety.

The Wm. T. Jerome Library offers more than 200 computers, quiet study space throughout the building, and many group study locations. For more information about our hours, visit

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!

New Spaces Revealed! (Coming Soon)!

Toward the beginning of Spring semester you can expect to see some cool new spaces on the first floor of the Library. There will be a new classroom,  2 consultation rooms, AND 3 reservable group study rooms! You can also look forward to seeing new furniture, carpet, and colors in the area. Stay tuned!

How to find your textbooks in the library

It’s the #1 most frequently asked question at the Research & Information Desk at the start of every semester. To find out if you can get your textbooks at the library, follow the steps below.

What book do you need?

Figuring out which book you need – EXACTLY which book – is the first step. To do this, go to the online schedule of classes by clicking on the orange “Search for Classes” button on this page. Find your class. Click on “Book List.”

Book list

A new window will pop up, taking you to the bookstore. You will need to click the green button to do comparison shopping. The books for your course will appear in a list on the left side of the screen.

Reading List

See if your book is on reserve

To see if your book is on reserve, use the “Reserves” search tab on the library’s home page and type in the title or title and author:


See if your book is in OhioLINK

To see if we have the book in our collection for checkout or if it is in OhioLINK, searching by ISBN is more effective. An ISBN search is the best way to find the EXACT EDITION you need for your class.

Copy the ISBN of the book from the list in the bookstore’s website. Go to the library’s home page and paste the number into the Summon search box.

Summon search

If our library owns the book, you will be able to see its call number and where it is located.


If no results are found, click on the “Search OhioLINK” link at the top of the screen.


Choose the “Other Numbers” search and paste your ISBN into the first search box.

Other numbers

If the book you need is available in another library, click on the green “Request” button and use your BGSU username and password to request it.


If your book doesn’t have an ISBN, or you want to see if an older edition is available, use the Summon or OhioLINK advanced search screens to search by title and author.

OhioLINK advanced search

If you can find one of your books from the library or OhioLINK, you will not be able to keep it the entire semester. You may need to photocopy or scan a chapter, then return the book, or you may need to re-request it. You may find it more convenient to buy the required books for some of your classes even if you can check them out from the library.

As always, if you have questions, Ask Us!