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BLUE ASH Campus - Watson Library Services

Watson Library collections and services are increasingly online as a "virtual library" to accommodate the information research needs of our Blue Ash faculty and students as well as all members of the college community conducting research from home and other non-campus computer locations. Please contact Watson Library if you have questions about accessing these resources, described below. Your suggestions to improve services and requests for purchase are always welcome.

When are Watson Library/Media Center staff available for telephone reference or other assistance?

What books and other resources does Watson Library/Media Center have in-house that I might request for delivery to the Blue Ash office for me to pick up? OPAL/Watson Library Catalog

--OPAL Catalog Quick Start Search Tutorial (2-page graphic)
--Information about loans, renewals, returns, interlibrary loans...

What other books as well as digital resources does Watson Library provide through its online "virtual" library?
--24/7 Resources/Databases: (Login from home!!)
for Blue Ash students and faculty about OhioLINK library services
for Blue Ash students and faculty about requesting books online and managing personal loans online

How do I contact someone at Watson Library/Media Center for more information or research assistance: or 937.481.2345

What's New at Watson Library? (new book lists, current database list, ...)


MEDIA CENTER : Audio Visual Collections, Audio Visual Services.

CIRCULATION DESK / LOAN SERVICES : Open Hours -- Circulation / Loan Periods -- -- Inter-Library Loan Service and Forms -- Purchase Request Form

REFERENCE SERVICES / USER ADVISORY SERVICES : Telephone for ASK US desk: 937-382-6661 Ext. 297 -- E-mail for research assistance: -- Watson Library Online Catalog of Local Holdings -- OhioLINK Electronic Resources for Wilmington College -- Wilmington College-Only Electronic Resources such as Westlaw Campus Research, an access link for WC users located outside of the campus network -- Watson Library's Research Support Website -- for faculty: "The Checklist of Library Services and Research Information Resources," -- "New Books in the Watson Main Location Collection, Fall 2007 Semester," and Info Databases (174) List Available to Watson Library.


    SERIALS READING ROOM -- Journals, Periodicals, Magazines, Newspapers

    The library subscribes to thousands of periodical titles with most subscriptions available only through its online databases. It subscribes to approximately 200 print-format periodical titles, with some of them later being bound into volumes or replaced with microfilm and microfiche archives. All in-house periodical holdings in all formats are for use only in the library and do not circulate. Blue Ash faculty and students may contact Public Services at x345 to request copies of articles held by Watson Library.


    The library qualified in 1986 as an official depository for free government publications coming from various government agencies and departments. The library currently selects 12 percent of all government publications that are offered. The selected items come in different formats: paper sheets, books, pamphlets, maps, posters, and microfiche. As of December, 2005, almost all federal government documents were made available on the Internet with selected direct links provided in the OPAL and OhioLINK catalogs.


    937-481.2345 Direct Line 

    General Library Open Hours:

    Please remember that our online virtual library is available any day, any time.

Academic Year (Regular Hours During Semester Sessions):
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Summer and Vacation Schedule:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Evenings and Weekends

A Watson Librarian may be able to meet your research needs by telephone, online, or by special evening appointment.

Circulating Items / Loan Periods

Books and other items requested for pick up at Blue Ash campus are checked out in advance to you at Watson Library. The Wilmington College daily courier delivers the items to Blue Ash Main Desk for you to claim. Please return to the same location. Circulation loan periods are three weeks for books and circulating government documents, with renewals permitted if no holds have been placed on items. Materials may be renewed online. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day per item. Reserved items and other types of loans have various loan periods -- please verify at time of loan.

Inter-Library Loans

Borrowing materials and obtaining photocopies from other libraries is a privilege limited to students, faculty and staff of Wilmington College, Main and Blue Ash campuses. If Wilmington does not own the journal article or book you want, or if our copy is checked out, you still have the interlibrary loan options. Contact Public Services at x345 or email

BOOKS, VIDEOS, CDs: You may be able to locate and then request needed books, videos, or music CDs from OPAL or OhioLINK. When requesting a book from OPAL or OhioLINK catalogs, you will be prompted for your name and barcode.

Your barcode number is your Wilmington College ID number plus enough leading zeros to make 9 digits. (You will not actually get a barcode label on your ID card). If your number is 111111, your barcode number will be, 000111111). Your WC ID number is contained magnetically on your ID card, appears on your course schedule, and on your student account statement. If you do not have it, check with the Registrar.

You will also be asked to select a pickup location. This is very important. The book will not be sent to Blue Ash if you do not select the appropriate Wilmington/Blue Ash pickup location. You may choose to pickup your requested OPAL or OhioLINK items from another more convenient member library. The book will be sent to the pickup location in 3 or 4 days. You can check it out from the circulation desk for 3 weeks. Items delivered to Cincinnati Blue Ash WC branch campus will already be checked out to the requesting person.

You can renew a borrowed book unless someone else has placed a hold on it by using OPAL's "My Account." OPAL Catalog. The library's computer system will not allow renewals on items with holds or on items already overdue. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day.

ARTICLES and BOOKS: Don't give up! If the article you need is not in Watson Library or online or a needed book seems nowhere to be found, then you should consider our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services (operated by Joni Streber, the manager of Circulation Services, Circulation Desk, x345). ILL uses other location and access strategies and may take a couple of weeks for delivery if your item can be located:

Interlibrary Loan Request Forms (must be completed and saved under new names, then attached in email to As manager of Public Services, Joni will process your requests and send the responses via Wilmington courier to the Blue Ash campus for you to pick up.

Form for Requesting ILL Books

Form for Requesting ILL Articles


Staff Directory

Watson Library E-Mail Contact

Main Watson Library Telephone Number: Ext. 345
Wilmington College main number: 937.481.-2345 Direct Line during Open Hours or 1-800-341-9318 - ask for Watson Library

Mailing Address:
S. Arthur Watson Library
Wilmington College
Pyle Center 1227
1870 Quaker Way
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Our Mission: Watson Library provides library services and collections to the widest possible community of seekers and learners. Watson Library's primary responsibility is to the students, faculty, and staff of Wilmington College. To accomplish its mission, the library -- provides a welcoming and comfortable research and study facilty on the Main Campus -- offers wireless Internet access as well as networked campus computers -- for its users online from any location and at any time, the library provides a robust Internet collection that includes e-books, e-references, online videos, more than 140 journal and other content databases, and its catalogs of resources -- acquires and organizes collections of materials in a variety of formats appropriate to the mission and curricula of the college and to serve the informational needs of users. The library's research professionals work with faculty to build collections and work with faculty and students individually and in classes to provide assistance in selecting, evaluating, and using knowledge resources and accessing information not held in the library.