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
Posts - September 14, 2022The library will be hosting its annual Constitution Day celebration on September 16th, 2022, from 1pm to 3pm. 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…
Posts - September 7, 2022College libraries have tons to offer, but it can be tough to know where to start, and you may already feel tired thinking about scholarly articles and late nights studying in the stacks. We want to show you how we can make your semester a little easier and a little more fun. Kick back with an old-fashioned story time (complete with snacks!) and learn about the goings-on at Courtright Memorial Library, from board games to book clubs to research and…
Posts - August 31, 2022Kimberly Hess, author of "A Lesser Mortal: The Unexpected Life of Sarah B. Cochran" will be giving a presentation on her book and research on September 8th at 4pm in Library 118. The event is INST approved and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Advisory Committee. Who was the woman who built Cochran Hall and why is she largely unknown? Through her marriage to Otterbein alum Philip G. Cochran, Sarah B. Cochran moved from financially humble origins to being a unique…
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.