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Welcome to the Courtright Memorial Library

What the Library can do for you!

Getting Started

Upon your hiring at Otterbein, you are automatically given a library account with the Courtright Library.  
All you need to use your account is your Cardinal Card!  


Use your Cardinal Card to check items out at the library's desk, then you can check on your account (see items you have checked out, their due dates, and renewal options) via the My Account link on the library home page.  To log in to your library account you will use your library account number, the long 777... number on your Cardinal Card.

You can also see the status of items you have requested.   If the status of an item is "In Transit," the item is on its way to Otterbein.  When the status is "Ready For Pick Up" or "OhioLINK Received" your items will be waiting for you at the Circulation Desk in our library.  You will receive an email in your Otterbein email when a requested items is waiting for you at the circulation desk.

Useful Resources

We subscribe to many resources, databases, and journals that anyone can use.

Some very unique and useful resources include:

The New York Times

  • There is a complimentary online account using your Otterbein email

Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The library proudly provides the Otterbein community with free electronic access


  • Access 10,000's of films ranging from documentaries to PBS or Criterion through our streaming video subscription


  • The perfect visualization tool that makes sharing and presenting your facts and figures dynamic

All databases can be accessed from the library website, look for the "Research Databases" directory.

Circulation Policies/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.

Off-Campus Access

Did you know you can still access our resources if you are off campus?

  • To access databases from our home page, use your current Otterbein username and password
  • To access databases through OhioLINK, select Otterbein and use your library barcode number (the number beginning with 777... on your Cardinal Card)

For troubleshooting, see the page Off Campus Access

If you still have questions please contact a library staff member at 614.823.1984 or


Digital Commons @ Otterbein is an institutional repository of a collection of digital materials that captures and preserves the intellectual output of the university community.

The mission of the Digital Commons @ Otterbein is to advance scholarship, promote research and cross-disciplinary collaboration through the dissemination and preservation of research, instructional and creative digital materials created by the Otterbein community, and sustain the historical legacy of Otterbein University.

You can see the Digital Commons by clicking on the link below:

For questions about the Digital Commons or assistance in uploading materials to it, please contact our our Digital & Web Services Librarian at

Room Reservations

There are eight (8) rooms in the Library that can be reserved for course, group, or program needs.  Many are set up according to the University classroom standards, with projection equipment and computers.  Others, like Lois' Study on the 2nd floor, are perfect for collaborative group meeting spaces.

To reserve rooms, or to see availability and exact space and technologies associated, please see this Room Reservation link.  Questions can be sent to the Office of Events and Conferences by emailing


The library provides access to thousands of eBooks from a variety of academic publishers to the Otterbein Community.  Our collection includes: 

Oxford eBook Collection

Safari Technical Books

Springer eBooks

Wiley eBooks

Partner with us!

The library is a great place for hosting events, and our staff are excited to work with you to engage with the Otterbein Community!  We love our relationships with the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Art Department & Galleries, & Alumni Relations, but would love to work with you, too!

If you're interested in collaborating with the Library on events or programming, please contact Kirsten Peninger (614.823.1143,

Contact Us

Below are noted some library staff highlights that may be most relevant to you and your departments:

Events and Programming - Kirsten Peninger

Room Reservations - Becky Gale

Library Art Exhibits - Allen Reichert

Digital Commons - OPEN

OtterBikes - Gabby Freshly