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First Flight 2017

As you start your college career, the library is here to help you with all your research needs.

Things You Should Know


  • The library has computers on the basement level, on the first floor, and in two classrooms on the second floor. New for Fall 2017, we also have computer stations on the 2nd floor.
  • The library lends games--"Settlers of Catan," anyone? No? "Apples to Apples"? "Twister"? Chess? What about "Yahtzee"?
  • The library has TV shows and movies on DVD, and music on CDs.
  • The library lends BICYCLES! (Ask about the Otterbike program.)
  • The library lends digital cameras, laptops, flip video cameras--and more.
  • All you need to borrow a book, a DVD, or a laptop is your Cardinal Card. (Borrowing a bike takes a little bit of paperwork and a sign-up fee the first time.)
  • The library has a cafe right inside the doors (the Otter Bean Cafe)--grab a snack and come on in.
  • The library has children's books, and you don't even need to be an education major (or a child) to read them.
  • The library has friendly librarians who want to help you.
  • The library has friendly student employees who want to help you.
  • You can email the reference librarians:
  • You can text a question to the librarians: 614-259-7404.

Librarians & Research Help

Librarians and research tutors provide assistance to both students and faculty with a wide variety of situations, including research, course assignments, and information literacy needs.   Please feel free to contact us with questions and visit with your librarian liaison today!
You can connect with a librarian or research tutor in a variety of ways:
  • in person at the library reference desk
  • Reference Phone: 614.823.1984 
  • E-mail:  
  • Text: 614.259.7404 
We also offer one-on-one research consultations for students. Request a session by completing the Research Consultation Form

Circulating Equipment

Did you know that we have technology available for check out?  Our circulating equipment ranges from laptops to iPads, and data projectors to wireless power point presenters.  Most items can be reserved in advance and generally check out for 1 day at a time.  More information about the different types of equipment that we circulate and the equipment request form is available at the link below.

Equipment Information and Request Page

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Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Course reserves are books or other materials that have either been required or are recommended for a class. These materials have a limited check out - often 2 hours. The library has been expanding our reserves to make more books available to you.

To see course reserves on the library website, just scroll down and look under Quick Tools

Enter your course name or instructor in the fields and click Search:

If there are current course reserves for this class, you will see them along with their call numbers and loan period.

The location "Otterbein Reserves" indicates that these texts are held on reserve at the circulation desk. To access course reserves, simply request them at the circulation desk. 


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