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.

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Library News & Events

The library exterior

Birthday Party A Smash!

Posts - April 7, 2022

On April 5th, the Courtright Memorial Library celebrated their 50th anniversary with a small birthday party, featuring cupcakes, speeches, and a ribbon-cutting for an upcoming library service.

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Cover of Braiding Sweetgrass in a repeating pattern

Braiding Sweetgrass Discussion Before Author Visit

Posts - March 10, 2022
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will be visiting Otterbein on March 28th as part of the Integrative Studies Lecture series. The library will be hosting a book discussion on March 16th, 6pm-7pm, to help prepare for Dr. Kimmerer’s visit – FYS, INST, and #CardsSTANDTogether approved! You can borrow the book either electronically or physically before the book discussion so that you’re prepared. The book discussion will take place on the second floor of the library. Robin Wall Kimmerer…

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Library Turns 50!

Posts - March 10, 2022
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Courtright Memorial Library. Many events, programs, and activities are planned through 2022 to celebrate this milestone. In the late 1960s, it was becoming evident that the Centennial Library, attached to the back of Towers Hall, was no longer large enough to serve the growing needs of Otterbein’s students, staff, and faculty. Under the careful guidance of Head Librarian John Becker, ‘50, a state-of-the-art facility was designed. It would house not…

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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.

Contact the Library

138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081

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