The Circulation Desk is located in the lobby area of Kresge
Library, next to the exit.
All KL materials are borrowed and returned through the Circulation
Oakland faculty, staff and matriculated students may
borrow circulating library materials (books, documents,
Borrowers must have a picture OU ID (SpiritCard) and must
have the card validated at the Circulation Desk. Continuing Education students are eligible for a Guest library card. Oakland University Alumni also have borrowing
Graduate students working on their dissertations
but not currently enrolled need to make special arrangements
to access library resources. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 248-370-4425 or via email for assistance. Guest cards are available for purchase for individuals not
affiliated with Oakland at a cost of $50.00 per year.
Students, faculty, and staff at Reciprocal
Lending Universities as well as SEMLOL
Infopass Libraries may also borrow certain materials
from Kresge Library. Follow the preceding links to determine
your University participates in either of these programs.
member (not students or staff) at any of the 15
Michigan Public Colleges and Universities may obtain
a free guest card to borrow materials from
these institution's libraries. To prove you are eligible for this free guest
card, faculty must bring their current University ID card (that
them to the library's
Additionally, Oakland students, faculty, and staff can check out material from Michicard participating libraries. Oakland is a Michicard member, so you have access to collections at many libraries. Simply stop by the Circulation Desk at Kresge Library and ask that a Michicard sticker be added to your SpiritCard. You can then check out materials from these other libraries, however, you need to return the items back to those libraries as well.
Patron Library Card Responsibilities:
When a patron accepts or purchases a library card, they are entering into a borrowing agreement with the Library. The patron agrees to abide by all the rules and regulations of the Library and agrees to accept the penalties for failure to abide by those rules. Patrons are responsible for all materials charged by the use of their library card. Should the library card be lost or stolen, patrons are responsible for notifying the Circulation Desk at Kresge Library.
Failure to receive overdue notices does not in any way relieve patrons of the obligation to return material and/or pay accrued fine and fee charges.
Consistent with Oakland University's fall 2003 policy, Kresge Library will e-mail notices and or statements to official Oakland University e-mail address, instead of through the United States Postal Service. Kresge Library will hold students accountable for all information sent via e-mail. Therefore, all registered students should check their Oakland University e-mail account regularly. The university recommends checking in at least once a week. Kresge Library will not sell or give away student e-mail information and will not use e-mail to advertise for third parties.
Borrowing Privileges at Other Institutions
Kresge Library has arranged for Oakland University students
to receive special borrowing privileges with some area college
and university libraries. For a complete list and instructions
on what you will need to do to be able to borrow materials
directly from the libraries, see the Borrowing
directly from other libraries page.
Return Policy and Penalties
Materials borrowed directly from another library MUST
be returned directly to the lending library. If you fail
to return materials borrowed from these libraries, your library
privileges will be blocked, and a hold will be placed on your
academic records at Oakland University.
Non-OU students may borrow materials if they are a
student at one of the reciprocal institutions listed on the Borrowing directly
from other libraries page or if they bring an Infopass from their home library.
Materials may be renewed unless they have been requested by another patron. Renewal requests may be made at the Circulation Desk, by calling 248-370-4425, or via the Library Online Catalog using My Library Account.
Loan periods, for currently active patrons, are:
3 weeks for undergraduates
3 weeks for guest patrons (includes Alumni, Infopass & Michicard) - limit of 5 items at a time
3 weeks for Reciprocal patrons - limit of 3 items at a time
8 weeks for graduate students
15 weeks for faculty and staff.
Loan periods for Reserve materials vary from 2 hours to 1
week with no renewals.
Musical compact discs circulate for 1 week with no renewals.
Videos, DVDs and LaserDiscs circulate for 48 hours to Oakland University students.
Videos, DVDs and LaserDiscs circulate for 10 days to Oakland University faculty and staff only.
Materials that do not circulate include:
Journals, magazines and newspapers
Reference books and some reference documents
Books in Special Collections, Archives, the Bingham Children's
Photocopy machines are available on all floors.
If a book is checked out, members of the Oakland community
may place a hold on the book and then be notified when the
book is returned. Hold requests may be made online using the
Library Catalog by clicking on the Request button
on the screen displaying the desired item.
Searches can be initiated if an item is not on the shelf,
not in the reshelving areas and not checked out. Ask at the
Circulation Desk for a Search request card.
Pull for Pick Up
Kresge Library will pull from the shelf items requested by you through the Library Catalog and hold them for pickup at the circulation desk within 24 hours of receiving the request.
This service is free to all OU faculty, staff and students.
Reserve materials are placed on reserve by faculty to facilitate
access to them. They may be checked out, but the loan periods
for physical items vary and are determined by the faculty
member. Lists of reserve items can be viewed using the
Library Catalog Course Reserve search option. Some of
the items listed for course reserve may be requested at the
Circulation Desk (physical items). Some reserve items are
now available electronically through links from Voyager. At
some point when you access these electronic reserves, you
will be asked to log-in with your Grizz ID or Barcode and name. Only people enrolled
in a class may access the electronic reserves for that class.
Reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
Special reserve books are high demand items and must be
requested at the Circulation Desk. They circulate for the
normal period depending on the borrower's status, e.g. undergrad,
grad, or faculty.
Note to faculty:
Material may be placed on reserve (Form
to request materials be placed on Reserve) to ensure that
all students in your classes have access to them. Lists of
reserve items can be viewed using the OU Catalog Course
Reserve search option. These materials may be requested
at the Circulation Desk; some are now available electronically
through online links from the Library Catalog (for
more information, see Electronic
Reserves). Loan periods vary and are determined by the
faculty member. Students must return physical copies to the
When submitting personal material for Course Reserve, include
the completed Reserve
Request Form - also available at the Circulation Desk.
Course Reserve Requests can also be made by clicking the Request
button for items found in the Library Catalog.
The library also has the ability to make articles and other
short items (e.g. quizzes, old exams, study notes) available
on Electronic Reserves.
The beginning of the semester is a peak period for placing
materials on reserve, so allow adequate lead time. Although
the library requests that material be provided at least 2
days prior to anticipated use, the turnaround time may be
longer at the beginning of the semester due to high volume
of materials to be processed. All material will be handled
on a first-come first-served basis.
For material not owned by the Library there are several options:
If you have any questions please contact Access Services staff at 248-370-4425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 24-hour, outdoor book drop is located on the ramp between
the front entrance of the library and the Oakland Center;
this drop may be used when the library is closed. Reserve
materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
Library fines not paid after 30 days may be sent to a collection agency
To encourage prompt return of materials, fines are assessed
at the following rates:
Fines accumulate until the item is returned, renewed, or
declared lost, to a maximum of $10.00.
The library attempts to notify borrowers of overdue materials.
Failure to receive notification does not absolve borrowers
of accrued obligations.
Lost Library Materials
Library fines not paid after 30 days may be sent to a collection agency
If you are unable to locate borrowed materials, report
them to the Circulation Manager at once.
When an item has accrued it's maximum fine, the library
will declare it as lost and bill as follows:
Books, CDs, DVDs, Records
Guest Card Policies
Guest Library cards may be purchased at a cost of $50.00.
This card is valid for one year from the date of purchase.
The following privileges are granted to guest cardholders:
Overdue fines will be $.25 per day per item. Lost materials
will be billed at a $70.00 item charge, a $20.00 delinquent penalty, and a $10.00 maximum overdue charge. Services of
a collection agency may be engaged in order to retrieve
overdue materials if the normal overdue notification procedures
fail to elicit their return. The Library reserves the right
to withdraw borrowing privileges under such circumstances.
Patron Library Card Responsibilities:
When a patron accepts or purchases a library card, they
are entering into a borrowing agreement with the Library.
The patron agrees to abide by all the rules and regulations
of the Library and agrees to accept the penalties for failure
to abide by those rules. The guest patron is responsible
for all materials charged by the use of their library card.
Should the library card be lost or stolen, the guest patron
is responsible for notifying the Circulation Desk at Kresge
Library. There is a $2.00 charge for replacing a Library
Microforms Equipment Assistance
Circulation staff will instruct and assist with the use
of the microforms readers and printers. For assistance in
finding microforms materials, ask at the Reference Desk.
Library Meeting Rooms Reservations
Study rooms in the library are open and available on a
first-come, first-served basis but a number of the larger
rooms may be reserved in advance by the University Community. Contact the Circulation
Department at 370-4425 or email@example.com to reserve library meeting rooms.
Available rooms include KL 100 (faculty and staff only),
224, 328, 429.
Audio Listening Cart
Patrons requiring equipment to listen to records, CDs, or cassettes, may come to the Circulation Desk to request a cart that may be used in one of the many rooms of the Library. This listening cart will be available for checkout, for 3 hours, for in building use only.
Video Viewing Room
Videos on reserve must be viewed in the library. To view a video in a Kresge Library viewing room
(KL 313, 314, & 323):
Faculty may reserve these materials for class use by
contacting the Library Circulation Desk by phone (Ext.
4425) or by
email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Materials may be picked
up at the Circulation Desk.
A typewriter is available for use in filling out forms
and other typing needs.
Photocopiers are available on all floors
of the library (library
maps). The cost is 10 cents a page. Payment for copies
will be either via a SpiritCard with cash on it or through
purchase of a special Guest Spirit Copy Card. Problems with
the copiers or card machines should be reported to the Circulation
Lost and Found
Lost items can be reported as missing or retrieved at the
Circulation Desk in the Kresge Library
Lobby. Found items should be turned in to the Circulation
Desk. Lost items are taken to the Oakland
University Police Office's Lost and Found in
the Public Safety Building on a regular schedule so individuals
who have lost items should also check there.
Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426