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Off-Campus Access to Library Resources


Who May Access Library Resources from Off-Campus?

What Is Needed for Off-Campus Authentication?
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Who May Access Library Resources from Off-Campus?


The online catalog OPAL, OhioLINK, general information, and some services and resources are freely available to everyone. However, most research databases and electronic journals have access restrictions that require that you be a current Otterbein student, faculty, or staff member.


Alumni and community members may join the Friends of Library to obtain borrowing privileges at all OhioLINK libraries. Members of the Friends of the Library do not receive access to most databases and e-journals from off-campus due to the license agreements with electronic resource vendors. However, community members may use the computers in the Reference area on the 1st floor of the Courtright Memorial Library to access most library resources. See the Friends of the Library page for more information on how to become a Friend.


What Is Needed for Off-Campus Authentication?


Authentication for off-campus access requires:

Troubleshooting Tips for Accessing Remotely

Mobile Access


ACS Mobile

EBSCOhost Mobile

RefMobile ( gives you access to your references in RefWorks from your smart phone, mobile phone or PDA.

Need More Help?

If you have trouble connecting from home, try the student help line 823-1060. Faculty & staff should use the x1747 help line. Other connection-related questions & answers are on the Information Technology's FAQ Page.


If after reading this page and you still have any questions about accessing any of the library services from off campus, Ask a Librarian.