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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 2019-2020

  • 718,625 e-books
  • 494,221 print book volumes
  • 76,266 e-journals
  • 3,624 print journals
  • 309,209 digital media
  • 227 online databases
  • 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 2017-2018

  • 4-credit course, LIB 2500, Research in the Information Age
  • 327 information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 6,356 patrons attended information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 437 individual research consultations
  • 2,120 research help questions addressed
  • 665 subject, course, and topical guides online
  • 118 tutorials online
  • scholarly communication and research data support


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
  • Makerspace
  • laptops for checkout
  • more than 150 public computers
  • breakout rooms and "cabanas" with presentation-screen computers
  • more than 80 study rooms, some exclusively for medical students
  • open seating for up to 1700 students
  • 663,915 visitors used our building in 2017-18
  • 742,406 unique visits to pages on our website in 2017-18


Library Cafe

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




  • membership in the MeLCat network
  • 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
  • partnerships with International Baccalaureate high schools in the area

Poetry Slam

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

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