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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Long Night Against Procrastination on November 17th

Posts - November 11, 2022
The Long Night Against Procrastination will be on November 17th, 6pm-9pm, throughout the entire library. This program is an opportunity to get a head start on preparing for final exams and final papers, with a number of different sessions designed to help with that. The full list of sessions is below. This program is INST approved, with FYE sessions throughout the evening as well. The Long Night Against Procrastination is an annual program run by the Courtright Memorial Library, the…

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October 27th Proclaimed Friends of the Library Day at Otterbein

Posts - October 27, 2022
On October 26th, at the Friends of the Library Common Book Author event, a new proclamation from Otterbein President John Comerford was announced: that October 27th would be the Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library Day. The Friends of the Library have been instrumental in supporting the library in the 20+ years since they formed. They have funded library renovations, furniture, archival projects, staffing, and equipment for check-out, among other things. They support the library Bike Share program,…

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Library Rededicated for 50th Anniversary

Posts - October 13, 2022
The Courtright Memorial Library hosted a special, invite-only, 50th anniversary celebration event on October 1st, 2022. This invitation was sent to members of the Courtright family, library directors across Ohio, former employees and former student employees, and the Friends of the Library. Over 100 people attended the event on Saturday. President of the Friends of the Library, Margie Doone, waiting to pick up her gift bag. The highlight of the event was the rededication of the library, led by President…

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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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