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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 2021-2022

  • 727,252 e-books
  • 483,419 print book volumes
  • 104,336 e-journals
  • 3,635 print journals
  • 338,484 digital media
  • 208 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 2021-2022

  • 4-credit course, LIB 2500, Research in the Information Age
  • 120 information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 2,640 patrons attended information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 458 individual research consultations
  • 1,137 research help questions addressed
  • 493 subject, course, and topical guides online
  • 114 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
  • Frankie's Cafe
  • 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 2020-2021
  • 550,792 unique visits to pages on our website 2020-2021


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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