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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Junk Journaling on February 22

Posts - February 14, 2024
Want to stretch your creative muscles? Take a break and join the library for a junk journaling session on February 22th, 4pm-5:30pm in the library lower level! Junk journaling is a fun way to get your thoughts down on paper while also doing something creative. Blank journals will be given out (while supplies last) and art supplies will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. Stop by and see what you can make! INST approved. This is…

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Research Consultations: What Are They?

Posts - February 14, 2024
You may have seen or heard the term “Research Consultations” any number of places—on our website, on our social media, from a librarian visiting your class, etc. We love to talk them up. But, it can be tough to reach out for a consultation if you don’t have a clear idea of what you can accomplish in that meeting.   Thankfully, you don’t have to have it all figured out. A Research Consultation can be all about helping you figure…

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Curl Up with Cocoa and Cozy Reading!

Posts - February 2, 2024
On February 13th, the library will transform a portion of the second floor into a cozy reading spot from 1pm to 6pm, complete with fairy lights, pillows, and a hot cocoa bar! Stop by when you have a moment to take a break from work and cuddle up with a nice book. Or if you really need to get that homework done - bring it! Try studying with a cozy ambiance. Come and enjoy this opportunity to take a break…

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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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