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Circulation Policies

Learn more about Courtright Memorial Library's circulation policies and how they affect your Otterbein Library account by clicking on the appropriate box on the left side. If you have additional questions please reach out to us!

Faculty/Staff Borrowing Information

*Patrons may be charged a replacement charge of $115-$1300 per item for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

**Patrons may be charged a replacement charge of $125 per item for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

***Patrons may be charged a replacement charge of $50 per item for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Library Fines

O​tterbein faculty and staff do not pay any overdue fees, however, the library operating system automatically charges overdue fines for OPAL, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio owned materials, as well as items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. Circulation Supervisors will waive these fines. If you would like us to look into your account please email circ@otterbein.edu and we will get back to you.  

Replacement Charges

Faculty & staff members are charged for lost or damaged Otterbein, OPAL, OhioLINK, SearchOhio and Interlibrary Loan items. These fines will not be waived.  Items that are more than 30 days overdue will go into replacement mode.  Those charges are detailed at the bottom of the Borrowing Information box.  Please return your items on time to allow us to be in good standing with other members of OPAL, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio.  

Note: Individuals are responsible for all items checked out to them, and the subsequent replacement costs of those items should they become lost or damaged.  Please see Replacement Options box for information on replacement procedures.

Replacement Options

I've lost an item, what should I do?

Lost items carry a hefty replacement fee.  Replacement charges on books and media vary from $50 to $125 depending on who owns the item.  Equipment and other technology replacement charges can be as high as $1300.  

But you do have some options...

In certain cases, we will accept a replacement copy of a lost item and reduce charges on your account.  To find out if this is an option for your missing item, please talk to Rebecca Raeske-Grinch (Circulation Supervisor, RRaeske-Grinch@otterbein.edu, 614-823-3072) or Elizabeth Zeitz (Technical Services Coordinator, EZeitz@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1938) before you make any purchases.  There are various restrictions on this process and is not always a viable option.