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Oakland University’s Libraries support the educational, research, and public service mission of the University by providing user-centered teaching, services, resources, and learning environments for the entire OU community. The University Libraries are committed to fostering academic excellence and knowledge creation, and promoting information literacy within the campus community and beyond.


Collections in 2011-2012

  • over 50,000 e-books
  • over 75,000 journal titles
  • over 800,000 print volumes
  • over 130 online databases
  • 1,229,513 searches performed in library databases
  • 847,762 full-text articles downloaded
  • Special Collections
  • University Archives
  • Library OneSearch, a single-search tool


Saints and Sinners Fountain

The front of the Library is graced by a fountain featuring 7 sculptures -- Saints and Sinners -- designed by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks.

Research Services & Teaching in 2011-2012

  • 4 credit course, LIB 250, Research in the Information Age
  • 249 information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 5,436 students taught by library faculty
  • 335 individual research consultations
  • over 21,000 research help questions addressed
  • 13,145 technology help questions addressed
  • over 250 subject and course guides online


OU Mace

The University Mace is used to lead the solemn academic procession for all Oakland University; it can be seen in the library lobby.

Learning Spaces

  • wi-fi enabled building
  • 24/7 hours of operation
  • Frankie's Cafe
  • laptops for checkout
  • over 150 public computers
  • breakout rooms and "cabanas" with presentation-screen computers
  • over 80 study rooms, some exclusively for medical students
  • open seating for up to 1700 students
  • 535,704 visitors used our building in 2011-2012
  • 904,159 visitors used our website in 2011-2012


Library Cafe

Frankie's Cafe is located to the right when you enter the building.




  • membership in MeLCat and Michicard
  • reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries


  • open to the community
  • holding community events such as an annual poetry slam and a monthly Alumni Book-to-Film Club

Poetry Slam

The OU Libraries hold an annual Poetry Slam among other events open to the community.

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