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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Library

 “A teaching library with a student-centered information literacy program.”

Dean: Julie Voelck

Associate Dean: Frank Lepkowski

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

Professor Emeriti: Indra M. David, Suzanne O. Frankie, George L. Gardiner, Robert G. Gaylor, Janet
A.Krompart, Richard L. Pettengill

Associate professors: Kristine S. Condic, Elizabeth Kraemer, Shawn Lombardo, Mildred H. Merz

Assistant professors: William Cramer, Dominique Daniel, Mariela Gunn, Linda L. Hildebrand, Ann M.
Pogany, Daniel F. Ring, Julia Rodriguez, Anne Switzer

Managers: Eric Condic, Library Systems; Louann Stewart, Access Services; Patricia Clark, InterlibraryLoans

Library Facilities

Located in the center of campus, the Kresge Library houses the main library and the OUWB School of Medicine Library. Collections include books, journals, reference works, government documents, musical scores and recordings, as well as a  wireless network and computer workstations to access an array of digital resources. The Library recently opened a new Information Commons, featuring PCs, Macs, wireless laptops (available for checkout) and multimedia large-screen mobile PCs, breakout rooms for group study, comfortable soft seating and flexible spaces to accommodate both group work and individual study in a technology-rich environment. Throughout the library there is open seating for individual study, rooms for group work, meeting rooms, audiovisual rooms, rooms with adaptive equipment for students with disabilities, and a student lounge. There are two networked instruction rooms with 25 workstations in each. In addition to its own operations and resources, the Library hosts the Writing Center, the University Technology Services Help Desk, and e-Learning and Instructional Support.

Library Collections

The Kresge Library’s collections include more than 747,000 books, electronic and print journals totaling over 40,000 titles, more than 240,000 federal and state documents, and more than 1.1 million microforms.

The Library’s Homepage and online catalog serve as gateways to over a hundred specialized and general research databases, and tens of thousands of full-text electronic journals and e-books, covering a wide range of disciplines and research  areas.

In addition to electronic reference resources, the Matilda R. Wilson Reference Collection includes atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, yearbooks, and other print reference materials.

Special collections include the Hicks Collection of Early Books By and About Women, the Springer Collection of Lincolniana, the Gaylor Collection of GLBT Literature, the James Collection of Books on Folklore and Witchcraft, the China Gift Collection,  and the Bingham Collection of Historical Children’s Literature.

The University Archives is a repository of materials relating to the history of Oakland University, and includes copies of all dissertations written at OU, as well as a substantial number of faculty authored monographs.

Library Services

Web site:
Phone: (248) 370-4426
Send an e-mail message to a librarian:

Reference assistance and research consultations

Librarians provide reference and research assistance in-person at the Reference 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 the resources, print or digital, most pertinent to their research topics.

Library instruction

As information literacy specialists, librarians provide extensive instruction for students on using the full range of relevant information resources, effective research strategies, and evaluating information. These instruction sessions are a core  component of every WRT 160  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 available in electronic format on the Web.

Interlibrary loan service

Students may request books and articles not owned by the Kresge Library through the Library’s interlibrary loan service. Requests are made via the interlibrary loan services web page.