Library Services and Help

Library Information

Course Reserves

A catalog of material that has been placed on course reserves.

Circulation Policies

Information on fines, overdue materials, and borrowing policies.

Item Renewal

We do not renew books over the phone. However, you may renew books by using this online renewal form. Please check the library catalog after a 24 hour period (excluding weekends). Items that are overdue will not be renewed if you use this form; please renew overdue items at the circulation desk.

Go to the catalog. On the top of the screen there is a grey box that says "Sign-in." This is where you enter your Bethel login username and password. Once logged in, click on your name and you will see a drop down menu. Choose "My Account" and you should see a list of all the material that you have checked out. To check out material, simply click the renew button by each item you want to renew:

Fill in your name and email and at least the first book.

Library Tutorials

Help and Questions

The reference staff is willing to answer all sorts of questions. Please give concise and accurate information so that we may respond as quickly as possible. For questions on how to find information or about the library, you may either call the library at 574.807.7170 or send a question via e-mail using our Ask a Librarian form.

Upper Level

Lower Level

Mission Statement

The Otis Bowen Library is an integral part of Bethel University and its educational systems. The library functions within the mission of the university. The library's primary purpose is to serve the educational goals and instructional needs of the students and faculty in support of the university's evangelical Christian world view. This is accomplished by maintaining a strong customer service atmosphere and balanced collections for undergraduate and graduate curricula. The library supports the various divisions within the undergraduate university, the graduate programs, and the professional growth of the professors and the recreational and general interest of the university. Other purposes include providing services to Bethel's constituency, which includes alumni, local pastors, and other educational institutions in the area.

Library Hours

June 15-August 19

Access to Building by Bethel ID
Current Bethel Faculty, Staff, & Students Only
Enter Library Using Study Room Entrance

  • Mon.-Thur.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fri.: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sat.-Sun.: Closed

Books may be returned using the book drop located by the library parking lot.

Contact Us
Reference Desk:574.807.7170