The Courtright Memorial Library is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members – and we serve over 250,000 people per year. Our users describe us as “a place of community that drives innovation in the ways we learn and is the heart of the campus.”

We are proud members of the OPAL, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio consortia, which allows us to provide our users access to hundreds of electronic databases and millions of books, eBooks, and journals. Our collection includes books, music, juvenile, games, DVDs, streaming videos, and many types of equipment such as laptops, cameras, and bikes. The library also houses the university archive, which includes the history of the University and materials on the United Brethren Church, the institution that founded the University in 1847.

The library’s staff members are available to help you succeed here at Otterbein, by helping you find the information you need. Stop by the Customer Service Desk to ask questions or email your Personal Librarian directly. You can also Ask a Librarian via chat, email,  text, or get social with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Courtrightlib.

If you need assistance finding your way around the library, take a look at our Welcome LibGuide.

Library News & Events

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BLISS: Slow Reading on June 14

Posts - June 2, 2023
Join us for the first BLISS (Brownbag Lunch Informational Summer Session) of the season! Many of us want to carve out more time from our busy days to just curl up with a good book. We want to read slowly and deeply, tuning out all the busy-ness of our lives. But other than time away from our to-do lists, what is the value of reading slowly and deeply? How might improve us, and maybe even improve the world? Drawing on…

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Author Talk: Dr. Beth Daugherty on Virginia Woolf’s Apprencticeship

Posts - April 6, 2023
Join the library for a special evening event with Dr. Beth Daugherty! Dr. Daugherty will be joining us to discuss her new book, "Virginia Woolf's Apprenticeship", on April 11th at 6pm on the second floor of the library. This event is INST approved and will be followed by a reception. Dr. Beth Daugherty's new book Before she was Virginia Woolf, famous novelist, essayist, and diarist, she was Virginia Stephen, apprentice, reader, learner. In her book, Beth Rigel Daugherty examines three…

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Reading Diversely Book Club: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Posts - March 23, 2023
The Reading Diversely Book Club will be meeting on April 5th at 6pm on the library's second floor to discuss A Psalm for the Wild-Built, a cozy sci-fi novella, by Becky Chambers. This event is INST approved and #cardsSTANDtogether approved. The book club is informal, and you don't need to have been to previous meetings to join in the discussion, nor are you committing to future meetings. You just need to read the book and pop on in! A photo…

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Digital Commons @ Otterbein

The Digital Commons @ Otterbein is an institutional repository of digital materials that includes faculty scholarship, student projects, historical documents, videos, photographs, video, and other information that benefits the university community. It provides persistent and centralized access, with the aim to preserve and provide a long-term home to research and scholarly activities at Otterbein.

Otterbein University Archives

The Otterbein University Archive is our historical repository. It contains the materials that tell the story of the school, including publications, documents, photographs, and historical artifacts. The Archive also contains materials related to the history of the United Brethren Church, which founded Otterbein in 1847, and its successive denominations.

Please see the Library’s full Schedule of Operations for additional information.

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138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081

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