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.Browse the Libraries
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.Shop the Bookstore
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.View Apollo Schedule
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.Visit the AMAM
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.
Oberlin Summer Theater Festival
No need to travel far to enjoy live theater. See family classics in rotating repertoire for free in the college’s Hall Auditorium. Students, community members, and equity actors have performed in ‘‘Hamlet,’’ ‘‘A Raisin in the Sun,’’ ‘‘As You Like It,’ and more.
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.Listen to WOBC
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. The wellness center has single, family, senior, and business memberships for three, six, and 12 months or purchase a day pass.
Our Community, Our Stories
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.Ways Students EngageDay of Service