Since their founding in 1833, Oberlin College and the city of Oberlin have always been physically, socially, and economically intertwined. We have worked together to create a vibrant community renowned for its historic contributions to Northeast Ohio, the nation, and the world. The college is proud to be part of the Oberlin community, and encourages residents to engage with our many campus resources and events.
Community engagement is an important part of Oberlin’s educational mission. We strive to educate, prepare, and empower students to use their academic, societal, and cultural experiences to benefit the residents of Oberlin, Lorain Country, and beyond.
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Get to Know Oberlin College
The college offers different ways for community members to explore and experience its amenities and campus facilities. Borrow an audio book, buy a gym membership, or listen to a docent at the museum.
Explore and Experience
Oberlin College Libraries
Community members have access to the college’s Mary Church Terrell Main Library. Users must be 18 and older, live or work in Lorain County, belong to Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries, or be an alum living in one of several nearby counties. Present your Oberlin Public Library card to borrow books, CDs, and more.
Oberlin College Bookstore
Your corner college bookstore serves as an academic hub for textbooks and a merchandise place for all things Oberlin: mugs, umbrellas, faculty-penned books, fleece throws, cards. Order or buy gifts, stationery, office accessories, and small electronics.
Few places offer first-run films and screenings at an affordable price: $4 ($6 after 6 p.m.). Watch in one theater, on one screen. During the academic year, view student-produced short films and documentaries. Don't forget the popcorn.
Allen Memorial Art Museum
The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) organizes many public programs, lectures, tours, and exhibitions throughout the year—all for free. See its vast array of art, including works by Monet, Chagall, and Picasso, plus global art from Asia and Africa.
Arts at Oberlin
Oberlin has enriched the community and Northeast Ohio through music and art, through theater and dance, and through inquiry and intellect, enlivening and enriching the human experience.
Tune in to the student-run, freeform, commercial-free, college and community radio station, WOBC 91.5 FM. Volunteer DJs hit the airways 24/7 presenting news, talk shows, music spanning all genres, and much more.
Oberlin’s Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching and Research connects students with service opportunities in schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Programs emphasize ongoing training and reflection to prepare students for ethical and responsible community engagement.
The college’s Shanks Health and Wellness Center welcomes community members to get ‘‘YeoFit’’ through its fitness classes that may include yoga, spinning, aquafit, TRX training, and more. We are following CDC safety guidelines to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy during the pandemic. Our wellness center has several membership levels or purchase a day pass.
Oberlin’s annual Day of Service plays a big part in Orientation week. New and returning college students take part in a host of service projects to become familiar with Oberlin and how best to engage with the community. Projects bring students into local schools, libraries, parks, green spaces, small businesses, youth and senior facilities, and other agencies.