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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Libraries

 Knowledge UNBOUND



Dean: Stephen Weiter

Associate Dean: Mariela Hristova

Assistant Dean: Linda Kreger

Director, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library: Nancy Bulgarelli

Professor Emeriti: William Cramer, Indra M. David, Suzanne O. Frankie, George L. Gardiner, Robert G. Gaylor, Linda L. Hildebrand, Janet A. Krompart, Frank Lepkowski, Mildred H. Merz, Richard L. Pettengill, Ann M. Pogany, Daniel F. Ring

Professor: Kristine S. Condic

Associate professors: Dominique Daniel, Shawn Lombardo, Misa Mi, Julia Rodriques, Anne Switzer, Elizabeth Wallis

Assistant professors: Keith Engwall, Meghan Finch, Katie Greer, Amanda N. Hess,  Shawn McCann, Emily Spunaugle, Stephanie Swanberg, Joanna Thielen

Managers: Rob Burns, Library Technology Services; Tracy Macpherson; Circulation Services and Resource Sharing

Library Facilities

Located in the center of campus, the Kresge Library houses the main library and the medical library. The library provides seating for individual study, rooms for group work, meeting rooms, audiovisual rooms, and a café that features a full range of coffee drinks, teas and snacks for on-the-go students. The third floor of the building is designated for quiet study, while the fourth floor provides powered tables and casual seating spaces to facilitate collaborative study.

The Learning Commons on the second floor offers a combination of PC and Mac desktop workstations, areas for wireless laptop use, breakout rooms with presentation computers and equipment, and areas with modular furniture to facilitate a flexible learning environment for research, sharing, and knowledge creation by students. Adaptive equipment for students with disabilities is also available. Laptop computers are available for checkout to students at the Circulation Desk.

In addition to its own operations and resources, the library hosts the Writing Center, the OU Help Desk, and e-Learning and Instructional Support.

Library Collections

The Libraries’ collections include more than 450,000 e-books, 55,000 journal titles in electronic and print formats, 550,000 print volumes, musical scores, multimedia resources, and more. The Libraries subscribe to more than 130 online databases and Library OneSearch, a discovery tool that enables users to search the Libraries’ print and electronic holdings simultaneously with a single search. Last year patrons conducted 1.4 million searches in library databases and retrieved more than a million full-text articles and book chapters from our electronic collections. The Libraries’ web site serves as a gateway to research databases, electronic reference sources, full-text articles and e-books, as well as to subject guides and online tutorials to help users navigate the research tools of a wide range of disciplines.

Special collections include federal and state government documents, the Hicks Collection of Early Books by and about women, the Springer Collection of Lincolniana, the Gaylor Collection of GLBT Literature, the China Gift Collection, and the Bingham Collection of Historical Children’s Literature. In addition, the Libraries maintain a collection of all dissertations written at OU.

The University Archives, housed on the first floor, is a repository of materials relating to the history of Oakland University.  Digitized archival collections include photographs, newsletters, older student newspapers, Board of Trustees’ minutes, and other important documents. These online materials, as well as a growing faculty research collection, are available through the OUR@Oakland institutional repository, which is organized and maintained by library faculty and staff.

Library Services

Phone: (248) 370-2471
Send an e-mail message to a librarian: ref@oakland.edu

Research Help

Librarians provide research assistance in-person at the Research Help Desk, by telephone, by e-mail, and via instant messaging. Librarians also offer individualized and customized research consultation sessions by appointment. These in-depth, one-to-one sessions are designed to help students identify and use resources pertinent to their research.

Library instruction

As information literacy specialists, librarians provide extensive instruction for students on using information resources, constructing effective research strategies, and evaluating information. These instruction sessions are a core component of every WRT 1060  course. Librarians also provide customized, course-related sessions in the disciplines, as well as workshops on special topics.

Circulation and course reserve services

At the Circulation Desk, undergraduate students may borrow books for a period of three weeks, with unlimited renewals unless another borrower has requested the materials. Students may also borrow materials that have been placed on course reserve by their professors. An increasing number of reserve items are made available online.

Interlibrary loan service

Students may request books and articles not owned by the Libraries through our interlibrary loan service and through MelCat, a statewide resource sharing system. Requests can be made through forms available on the Libraries’ website.


LIB 2500 - Introduction to Library Research and Technology in the Information Age