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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Mathemagics! on October 4th

Posts - September 27, 2023
It’s a magical time of year, and the library has just the program for you! Mathemagics will take place on October 4th at 6:30pm, in LIB 118. During Mathemagics, Dr. Jeff Smith of the Mathematics Department will walk you through a series of mathemagical tricks, including mental telepathy, making matter disappear, and a card trick that will astound your friends. You’ll learn how to do each trick and become a wizard this Halloween season. INST approved!

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Open Craft Afternoon on Saturday, September 23

Posts - September 14, 2023
The library is hosting an open craft afternoon on Saturday, September 23rd, from 1pm to 4pm. The location? The Campus Center! That's right, we're hitting the road and coming to you in a new space! During the Open Craft Afternoon, we'll have all of our craft and art supplies available for you to make the creation of your dreams. And if you feel like you don't have any artistic talent, don't worry about it - just come and have some…

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A Window Into the Constitution

Posts - September 7, 2023
The library will be hosting its annual Constitution Day celebration on September 14th, 2023, from 11:30am to 1pm. This is a hands-on exploration of the Constitution – you’ll take a look at the document, find the parts you find the most interesting, important, or confusing, and write them out – on the library windows! A participant in the program You’ll also get to explore former failed constitutional amendments and vote on them. Which amendments do you think should be in…

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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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