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Library Policies

Authorized Borrowers

The following persons have full borrowing privileges from Ritter Library upon presentation of a current Baldwin Wallace University identification card, or other identification as specified below:

1. Registered students in good standing

2. Faculty members (full- and part-time)

3. Administrators

4. University staff

Ritter Library is a member of the OhioLINK consortium. Anyone with a valid card from another OhioLINK Library can borrow materials from Ritter Library via an OhioLINK loan. Through OhioLINK, users also have access to SearchOhio.  We're currently unable to accept Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) cards for the borrowing of our books and DVDs. Also, please note the Cleveland Public Library system is not a member of OhioLINK or SearchOhio.

All Ohio residents may apply for a library card from the State Library of Ohio.  A State Library of Ohio card may be used to borrow Ritter Library books and DVDs.  OhioLINK policies apply to these loans.

Residents of Cuyahoga and surrounding counties may choose to join Ritter Library's Friends of the Library with a donation of $15 and valid federal or state photo ID. 

ILR attendees

ILR enrollees do not have BW login credentials, so they do not have network access to campus computers or remote access to databases.

ILR enrollees may request walk-in patron access to subscription databases on library computers when a librarian is available to set up access.

If ILR enrollees need the assistance of a librarian, they should make an appointment via telephone ahead of time.  Expectations for librarian service to ILR enrollees is only for a best-effort and as time permits.   BW students, faculty, and staff are always the primary focus and priority of librarians.

ILR enrollees may join our Friends of the Library program for a minimum $15 donation (current photo ID required) or obtain a free State Library of Ohio card if they want to check out print books from Ritter Library's collection.

Only those ILR instructors who are BW faculty/adjuncts have access to Ritter Library electronic resources.