How to Find Fiction in the Library

As many of us know, the LRC is filled with books on all subjects for all majors. We are always able to find a book on Greek vases or how kids react to a divorce, but what about when you just want to kick back with a good novel? We get this question regularly, and the answer is quite simple. We offer a ton of novels in our PS and PR sections. We also have lots of young adult books in the Juvenile section that are very good for light reading.  Here are a few that I’ve pulled off the shelf as examples.

Carrie by Stephen King (PS 3561 I483 C37)

Stephen King’s legendary debut novel about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.



C by Tom McCarthy(PR 6113 C369 C3 2010)

Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silence with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world.



Collected Stories by Roald Dahl(PR 6054 A35 A6 2006)

Straight from the man who brought you Charlie and the Chocolate factory, The BFG, and many more, comes a collection of adult stories to tickle anyone’s fancy. Filled with devilish plot twists, his tales display a tantalizing blend of macabre humor and the absurdly grotesque. From “The Landlady,” about an unusual boardinghouse that features a small but very permanent clientele, to “Pig,” a brutally funny look at vegetarianism, to “Man from the South,” in which a fanatical gambler does his betting with hammer, nails, and a butcher’s knife, Dahl’s creations amuse and shock us in equal measure, gleefully reminding us of what might lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary.


The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien ( PR 6039 O32 L6 1931 pt.1)

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.


If you have a particular novel you’re itching to read, search our catalog! If you don’t feel like searching, give us a call (227-2250), chat, email, or stop by! All of the desk staff is more than willing to help you find anything you need!

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Cooking in College

College food can be a challenge. When you’re away from home and want to try a tasty home cooked meal, check out our cookbooks! In support of our culinary program the Olson Library offers a wide selection of books on many different cooking styles. There are gourmet books, baking books, books based on different countries, and much more!

 Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Sweet Miniatures: The Art of Making Bite-Sized Desserts (call number TX 772 B73 1991)


For dessert, sometimes you don’t want to make a big cake to share with guests. Sometimes smaller desserts make a bigger impact. This book has recipes from mini cakes to cookies and everything sweet in between.



Beat This! (call number TX 715 H634 1999)

This book offers classic recipes with hilarious commentary. Before every recipe there is a story about who or why the recipe is included in the book. Hodgman did a wonderful job of pulling the readers in not only for the recipe or the interesting cover art, but for the content. It has everything from clam chowder to flour less chocolate cake and dog biscuits. Fantastic read.



Best-Loved Food of the ‘50s (call number TX 715 F271577 2007)

Take a trip back to the 1950s with this cookbook. Filled with recipes ranging from rather odd like SPAM Hawaiian Pizza to mouthwatering homestyle chicken pot pie, this book offers different ways to cook on a budget for all meals of the day.



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How to Write a Resume

A resume is the first thing an employer sees in a new employee. Whether it’s on campus or in the real world, here are some titles that can help sell yourself to prospective employers. Having a professional resume will put you a step above the rest.

The library’s resume books are located on the third floor starting with call numbers HF 5383. Below are a couple of our picks to get you on the road to success.

  • The Elements of Rèsumè Style (call number HF 5383 B423 2005) booksGives essential rules and advice for writing successful cover letters and resumes. It offers sections on common concerns, how the letter looks, and how to market yourself. At 113 pages, this book is a quick effective read to figure out how to write the perfect resume as well as a cover letter.
  • Resume Writing Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Resume books (1)Preparation and Job Search (call number  HF 5383 C69 2007)
    This book offers a very basic step by step process on how to write a
    resume including how to effectively conduct a job search and refine a rough draft.
  • The Resume Catalog: 200 Damn Gobooks (2)od Examples (HF 5383 P354 1988)
    This book is marvelous in giving examples on how to write resumes in any career field. It gives good information in the first couple pages on why and how this book works and then the rest of the book is resume examples for whatever you need. If you were to want a supplement to the catalog, check out The Damn Good Resume Guide
    (call number HF 5383 P35 1989). It offers yet another way to write a
    good resume!
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A Bit of Noise

Many of you have noticed that the K-12 collection has been moved to the new, lower shelving at the north corner of the library’s main floor.  That was done quietly.  Removing the shelves that used to hold that collection on the other side of the library is a different matter.  For the next few days there will be clanging and thumping as this set of six shelves is taken down and put into storage.

Thank you all again for your understanding.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

visual_whyThe library is a great place to study. It offers opportunities for collaborating on group projects and quiet spaces to study for that chemistry exam you forgot about. Yet, there is so much more available! We offer a wide variety of services and check-outs that you just might not know about.

  1. Lamination

You can get posters, maps, and other materials laminated for $1.00 per foot. If you call early, we can even warm it up for you. Laminating your periodic table will ensure that it will remains unripped for the semester!

  1. Our website

The Lydia Olson Library website is fantastic. From there you can find over 40,000 eBooks as well as databases specific to any subject. Just go to and look under the One Search tab, and select subject. This will lead you a variety of online databases that can get any research project moving. From the home page you can also reserve a room, send us questions via email, phone, or chat and leave us a suggestion for improvements!

  1. Current Periodicals

To find current information about what is going on in your career field we suggest looking at our current periodicals. There’s magizines, newspapers, and much more. They can be cited in research papers or even used for light reading.

  1. Study Cubbies

Studying by the window can be distracting. We offer wooden cubbies at the back of the third floor for the extreme studier. They come equipped with outlets, lamps, a wired connection, and a place to hang your winter coat.

  1. Interlibrary Loan

Specific books can be hard to find. Thankfully we have an interlibrary loan system where our staff will locate items from other libraries and have copies or the original items sent here. In addition, from our home page MeLCat will allow you to directly request items from over 200 Michigan libraries, and WorldCat gives you access to library materials throughout the world, making it easy to get whichever book you’d please.

  1. Checkouts

At the Public Service Desk, you are able to borrow numerous items, such as:

  • iMics
  • Flash drives
  • External Hard Drives
  • WiMAX modems
  • Dry erase markers
  • Ethernet cables
  • Bikes, via the ASNMU bike share
  • DVD drives
  • Computer chargers
  • and much more!
  1. Media

You may check out a wide assortment of DVD, VHS, records, CDs, and tapes from the third floor. We offer a devices to use all of these items in the library, including headphones. In addition, thousands of full length videos are available to stream through Films on Demand.

  1.  Archives

The University Archives houses the records of Northern Michigan University and materials documenting the history of the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This includes documents, manuscripts, maps, photos, film and video, oral histories, as well as newspapers and periodicals. The archives are open to the public and located on the first floor of the LRC.  Their staff is available to assist individuals as needed.

  1. Photo copying

We offer color and black and white photo copies near the current periodicals. They cost $0.15 for a color copy and $0.10 for black and white. You can use cash or your wildcat ID at the copiers.

10. Facebook

To keep up with what’s going on in the library we recommend going to our Facebook page. Type in Lydia Olson Library in the search bar and like us!

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Detroit, The One Book, One Community Read

Detroit: An American Autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy

You are invited to participate in the 2014 One Book, One Community read Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff.  The “One Book, One Community” program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Copies are available for checkout at the circulation desk of the library. For more details about the book and to follow the various events surrounding the book, including a visit to Marquette by the author, stop by the One Book, One Community web page.

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LRC 3rd Floor Reopens

Remediation work has been completed and users can now access the 3rd floor of the LRC.  The group study rooms are also available and users can once again make their own reservations online.

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LRC Floor 3rd Closure: Saturday and Sunday (Sept 20 and 21)

The 3rd floor of the LRC will be closed this Saturday and Sunday.  The reason is lead paint removal (a small amount: this is a proactive step that NMU is acting quickly on).  The 2nd floor will be open as will the common areas on the 1st floor of the LRC.  We expect the 3rd floor to be open for business Monday Sept 22.

The room reservation system has been disabled for student access the next two days.  Any prior reservations this weekend have been moved and the people notified.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Printing: Answers to Your Questions (a popular re-post)

Printing at the Library: Answers to your Questions (updated September 2014)

Printing at the Olson Library is outlined here. Your NMU issued laptop has all the necessary printers loaded, and as noted in the link, the printers are Library Laser (for black & white) or Color Library Laser.  Are you using your own laptop instead? Check out these tips.

  • Yes, we can make change: give us coins or a large bill.
  • If the lines are long for printing black and white and you are in a hurry, go down to the Helpdesk and use their printer.  That printer is also on the Library Laser network.
  • Do not use wimax.  Get off that on campus and use the wifi network.
  • If wifi can’t connect, reboot (yes, that’s the old standby–but many times it works)
  • For other notes on printing, search this blog for “printing”.
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New Shelving Noise today: September 15th

Library regulars will know that the north corner of the 2nd floor is devoid of shelves. This is being corrected today with the installation of new, low-height shelving.  The K-12 collection (also called the Juvenile, or “juvies” collection) will be moved here once these shelves are installed.  So for the time being, there might be some clanging and banging and drilling as these are being installed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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