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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Reading Diversely Book Club: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Posts - March 23, 2023
The Reading Diversely Book Club will be meeting on April 5th at 6pm on the library's second floor to discuss A Psalm for the Wild-Built, a cozy sci-fi novella, by Becky Chambers. This event is INST approved and #cardsSTANDtogether approved. The book club is informal, and you don't need to have been to previous meetings to join in the discussion, nor are you committing to future meetings. You just need to read the book and pop on in! A photo…

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Zines 101 on March 21st

Posts - March 10, 2023
Join the library for Zines 101: How to Make Your Own Zine on March 21st, 6p-7:30p! This is an RSVP-only event, and spots are limited, so make sure you sign-up in advance. The program will take place in the library lower level. Zines are a fun way to express yourself and the possibilities for what to create are endless. During this event you'll spend some time learning about the history of zines, but then you'll have access to the art…

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Spoken Word for the Soul: Open Mic Night

Posts - February 16, 2023
Celebrate Black History Month by reading and listening to poetry by amazing Black poets - including some from our campus! The library is proud to co-sponsor Spoken Word for the Soul: Open Mic Night on February 21st, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Campus Center. Hosted by Ikra Koyriow and Andy Badu, people are invited to sign up to either read a poem by a Black poet or perform their own poem. There will be books of poetry by Black poets at the…

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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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