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Guide to Library Services for Faculty

This guide highlights library services that can assist faculty with their research and instruction, and also provides helpful hints on getting the most out of the Library.
Type of Material
Otterbein Owned Items
OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio Owned Items
Books & 
Government Publ.
42 day loan (6 weeks)
6 renewals
No overdue fines
42 day loan (6 weeks)
6 renewals
Overdue fines will be waived


7 days
6 renewals
No overdue fines
7 day loan
3 renewals
Overdue fines will be waived
Periodicals & Maps
3 days
6 renewals
No overdue fines

Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio,
use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or electronic journals

Newspapers &
Reference Materials  
LIBRARY USE ONLY Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio
Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Data Projectors, Digital Audio Recorders

1 day
0 renewals
No overdue fines

Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio
 Laptops & iPads  

3 day
0 renewals
No overdue fines 

Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio
 Extended Laptops, Web Cameras, & Bikes

7 day
0 renewals
No overdue fines  

Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio
Course Reserves
2 hour or 1, 3 or 7 days
0 renewals
(If you need your material longer, please check with a circulation supervisor at checkout.)
Not available via OPAL/OhioLINK/SearchOhio
  1. Note: Although the computer system automatically charges Faculty & Staff members for overdue fines for OPAL, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio owned materials, we will waive these charges. However, faculty & staff members are charged for lost or damaged Otterbein, OPAL, OhioLINK, & SearchOhio items and for overdue Interlibrary Loan items. These fees will not be waived. Please return you items on time to allow us to be in good standing with other members of OPAL, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio.
  2. Note: Faculty members agree to abide by the loan policies of the Courtright Memorial Library.  Faculty members are responsible for all items checked out to them, and the subsequent replacement costs of those items should they become lost or damaged.  Please reach out to the Evening Circulation Supervisor to address all replacement issues. 
  3. Note: Otterbein-owned items replacement fee is a minimum of $115 per item. 
  4. Note: OPAL, OhioLINK, & SearchOhio items replacement fee is a minimum of $125 per item.

Requesting Materials Through OPAL or OhioLINK

Otterbein is part of a consortia that connects our faculty and staff to items owned by more than 120 other colleges and universities.

Search for items you need using the OPAL Catalog first.  If the item you are looking for isn't found or copies aren't available you can click the "Search OhioLINK" button near the top of the page.  If the item you're looking for isn't available there either, you can also try the "Search Ohio" button near the top of the page. Once you find the item you are looking for you can request items through the green Request button.  You will receive an email in your Otterbein email when items are available for pick up.

Note for Requests : Make sure you select your affiliation as Otterbein University.  Your library barcode number can be found at the bottom of your Cardinal Card and begins with 777. Our campus' pick up location is Otterbein Circulation Desk, but you can also select an alternate location if you live closer to another university, like Ohio State.

If you have questions about your account, please contact a Circulation Supervisor at 614.823.1215 (press 4 for circulation) or

For more information about requesting items from other OPAL or OhioLINK libraries, call Rebecca Raeske-Grinch at 614.823.3072.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is designed to serve the research needs of Otterbein University faculty, staff and students. To request an ILL use the request forms on our website.

Articles requested through ILL are scanned and sent to your Otterbein e-mail account. Depending upon the request, it can take as long as 10 days from the date of your request to receive materials.  If you prefer we send your requests to a different email than your Otterbein account, please notify Rebecca Raeske-Grinch ( at the time of your request. Books and videos will be placed on the holdshelf at circulation and an email will be sent notifying you of the items availability. The lending library sets the due date and not all ILLs are renewable.  Please contact Rebecca Raeske-Grinch (614.823.3072) before your due date to request a renewal.  You will be fined .50/day for all overdue ILL materials. Books or videos obtained through ILL can NOT be placed on reserve.

Usually there is no charge for the ILL service. Occasionally, the ILL department must use a supplier that can charge up to $25. The library will pay up to $15 for faculty/staff requests. You may either charge the difference to your department or pay the library by cash or check made out to Otterbein University. You will be notified, prior to ordering, about any requests that are subject to the additional fee.

The copyright law of the United States (TITLE 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.