Access to Information Resources after Graduation

Congratulations to the Ohio University class of 2014! We’ve enjoyed working with so many of you during your time here and wish you the best for the next phase of your life.

We know that access to information is still important even though you have graduated. Therefore, we’ve compiled some suggestions for places you can access books and other information resources for your post-graduation life.

  • Your local public library can connect you with a wide variety of information sources from books and movies, language learning tools, and even research-related resources. Major cities have large library systems, like those in ColumbusCincinnati and ClevelandAkron or Toledo. If you’re not in a major metropolitan area, you can also find a local public library search on the Census website. Even if you don’t visit the library often, you may still be able to access e-books for use on a mobile device or e-reader.
  • If you are staying in Athens, you can still check out materials from Alden with either a community card or a membership to the Friends of the Libraries. Friends members can even access materials from OhioLINK and movies in Alden. You should definitely check out the Athens Public Library too, where you can even check out a bike for a ride along the Hocking.
  • If you find yourself in need of research sources, take a look at OPLIN, which provides access to databases like NewsBank, Business Source Premier and Academic Search Premier for residents of Ohio. Many other states of similar systems for their own residents. Check with your local public library for more information.
  • Should you finally find yourself with time to read for fun or catch up on those classics you’ve always meant to read, check out Project Gutenberg and LibriVox, through which you can find free electronic books for your e-reader and audio books, respectively.

This list is hardly exhaustive. Are there any other information resources you recommend? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

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