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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 2013-2014

  • 92,606 e-books
  • 54,100 journal titles
  • 796,737 print volumes
  • 316 online databases
  • 967,913 searches performed in library databases
  • 1,008,052 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 2013-2014

  • 4-credit course, LIB 250, Research in the Information Age
  • 334 information literacy sessions and presentations
  • 6,200 students taught by library faculty
  • 462 individual research consultations
  • more than 12,000 research help questions addressed
  • 288 subject and course guides online
  • 178 tutorials 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
  • more than 150 public computers
  • breakout rooms and "cabanas" with presentation-screen computers
  • moer than 80 study rooms, some exclusively for medical students
  • open seating for up to 1700 students
  • 567,279 visitors used our building in 2013-2014
  • 619,361 visitors used our website in 2013-2014


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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