New Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


I have been assigned a research paper. How do I find out if the library has books on the topic?

By searching the KentLINK library catalog at

KentLINK is the library catalog for all 8 campuses of the University. It identifies what books, journals, government publications, and media (computer files, films, CDs, etc.) are owned and indicates their availability.

Type the topic in the search box and select the Submit button.

If you need a book that is at another campus, you can request it to be delivered to your campus. You will be notified by email when it arrives, usually in 2 - 3 business days. If you do not find a book in KentLINK, you can also search OhioLINK, which is the catalog for over 80 college and university libraries in Ohio.

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What do I need to do to check the books out?

In order to check an item out from the library you will need a Kent ID card, license, or state issued photo ID. No other forms of identification can be accepted.

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How do I renew my books?

There are several ways to renew your books:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on My Library Account near the top right hand side of the screen.
  3. Type in your FlashLine User Id and Password to log in
  4. Click on the link that says the number of Items Currently Checked Out.
  5. Now you can check mark the items you want to renew and click the Renew button located near the top of the window.

In Person At The Library

You can either bring the book in, or if you don't have it with you, just ask the clerk at the desk to bring up your account and renew your items for you.

Over the Phone

You will need to verify your name and address before we can renew it for you.

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Do I have to pay a fine if my books are overdue?

Fines do accrue if you have overdue items:.

  • OhioLINK books have a 50¢ fee for every day late.
  • Items such as CDs and DVDs are 50¢ for every day late.
  • Periodicals, Interlibrary Loan books, and OhioLINK non-book items are $1 for each day late.
  • OhioLINK books that are 30 days late or more will have an additional $50 charge added to the daily late fees

Fines can now be paid with a Flashcard, cash, check or donate "Food-for-fines" for Trumbull items.

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How do I pay my fines?

There several ways to pay your fines:

In Person

At the KSU Trumbull Library we accept cash, money order, or personal check.


  1. Click on My Library Account near the top right hand side of the screen.
  2. Type in your FlashLine User ID and Password to log in.
  3. You can use a credit card or bank card with either the Visa or Mastercard logo on it.

Other Kent Campuses

Other Kent Libraries accept cash, and may also accept money order, personal check or Flash Cash.

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How do I find journal articles on the topic?

Instructions on finding journal articles in databases are here. If you need help, you can consult with a reference librarian by calling 330-675-8865 or coming to the library.

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How do I find out if the library subscribes to a certain journal?

Do a Title search in KentLINK by the name of the journal (not by the article title) to find out if Kent State owns the journal you need and has the specific volume you require.

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What is in the library besides books and journals?

  • Computers with Internet Explorer and MS Office: Word Excel PowerPoint and Access 
  • Private study rooms
  • Popular videos and DVDs
  • Daily newspapers
  • Tables, chairs, couches
  • Video phone for the hearing impaired
  • Accommodations workstation for the visually impaired,
  • Public typewriter,
  • Grant Information Center with online access to the Foundation’s Directories as well as resources in print.]  Information on scholarship and financial aid is available.
  • WiFi wireless Internet

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I have to watch a video for my class, can I do this in the library?

Yes you may! The Library has a video viewing/microfilm room. It is equipped with two televisions that are capable of watching both DVD and VHS.

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My instructor has left material for our class to read in the library. Where can I find that?

This is called putting an item on Reserve. You can go to the Circulation Desk and ask for the item put on Reserve by the professor. Please be prepared to give the professor's name, as this is how the material is shelved. You will also need a Kent ID, drivers license, or state issued photo ID card in order to check out the item.

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Can the Library put money on my Flashcard?

Yes, the Library can put money on Flashcards. Here are the ways to put money on your Flashcard:

  1. Come to the library circulation desk at the Kent State at Trumbull Library
  2. Go to Student Services in the Workforce Building
  3. Visit:

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