Library Semester Break Hours

The Olson Library will be open during the semester break from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday from December 15 – 24, closed on the weekends.  The library will be closed, along with the entire campus, December 25 – January 4.  The library will reopen from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. January 5 – 9, closed January 10 -11.  The library will resume normal operating hours with the start of the winter semester on Monday, January 12. For a complete list of hours, see the library calendar.

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MeLCat Services Available Again

The planned system maintenance on MeLCat has been completed. All services including the ability to make requests and to renew checked out items are working again. If you detect a problem or need assistance please contact us.

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New Hours!

Starting next week and continuing into next semester, we will be opening at 7:30 am on Monday through Friday when classes are in session. We are making this change so that professors who teach in the library at 8:00 am can get in early to prepare for their class. Another reason is so that students can get their print jobs done before their 9:00 am classes as well as allowing it to be a walkway to Jamrich.

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Do It Yourself this Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and as it does the frantic search for the perfect gift begins.  Do it yourself  has recently become all the rage. From Pinterest to your local library, there are ideas everywhere. Here are a few to get you started!

Let’s make More Presents (754.59 H38)

This book is aimed at children but has crafts for all ages. They are easy and affordable. From Soap on a Rope to an awesome work shop shelf, there are over 70 ideas in this book, most of them requiring affordable materials.

Freezing & Canning  Cookbook (TX 715 F223)

Jams, fruits, pickles, this book is your one stop shop for canning! Jelly makes a great gift for grandmas, aunts, moms, and friends. It even offers a fresh fruit alternative.

Creative Nature Photography: Essential Tips and Techniques (TR 721 .C68 2011)

Living in a place as beautiful as Marquette, why not take a hike up Sugarloaf and capture a sunrise? This book offers tips on how to get awesome photos of animals as well as landscapes and vegetation. For people who aren’t super experienced with photography, we offer a wide selection of books on photographing landscapes.

A Guide to Fashion Sewing (TT 515 .A67 2006)

If you want to go all out, we offer a book filled with sewing how to’s. Pick out a pattern from the craft store, and pick this book up to figure out how to make pockets, collars, and all of the other essentials!

The Art of Wrapping Gifts (TT 870 L75)

After you make an awesome gift, you need to wrap it. This book tells you how to wrap gifts for every occasion as well as appropriate color schemes, how to make multiple kinds of ribbons and more!

Look to the LRC for all of your DIY needs and have a happy holiday season!

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Dog Night, Tuesday, December 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.



The library is already a buzz with finals week anticipation. We are looking forward to the Pet Partners visit on December 2nd and next Tuesday, December 9th for a much needed dog break! Stop by from 6-9 pm.



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End of Semester Dog Night

The Pet Partners therapy dogs will be here again this semester on Tuesday December 2nd and 9th from 6-9 pm. Join us in the library for some finals week stress relief!

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should join us:


Someone knows how to relax.


Dually is the softest boy in town!

Look at this face!

Look at this face!

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Charlie LeDuff to Speak on Wednesday, November 12

Charlie LaDuff, author of the NMU/Marquette County’s 2014 One Book, One Community read Detroit: An American Autopsy,  will give a presentation in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will be discussing his book and answering questions. Earlier in the day, he’ll also host a Q&A at 1 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.  For more information, visit the One Book, One Community web site.

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Sun Lamps, FitDesks, Bike Share, Oh My!

Recently, we’ve added some new seating in the library. There are three new FitDesks scattered throughout the library. There is one at the very back of the Pre-k through 12 section, one in the microfilm reading room  and one in the fitbikecenter of the third floor.  On the map inserted in this article, the bikes are represented by black stars. These desks are available on a walk up basis and cannot be reserved. There is a survey found in the desk that we ask you to fill out and drop off at the gold box at the front desk. These desks are great for studying while keeping yourself in motion. It tracks your time, speed, distance, and calories. Along with that it also provides a way to change the tension in the wheels. The bikes are silent so they won’t bother the people around you.  The desks move forward as well as backward and the seat can be adjusted as well.


Next Friday we will be getting sun lamps at the library! These lamps are used to fight seasonal affective disotransparent lamprder. Seasonal affective disorder is a depression associated with late autumn and winter and is thought to be caused by a lack of light. With all the snow coming our way, it’s a problem a ton of people suffer from. Thanks to ASNMU, we will now be getting lamps in the library. One will be placed at the back of the second floor by the windows and the second one will be placed outside of room 321 on the third floor. They are represented by pink suns on the map. They are for walk up use and the recommended time is five minutes a day unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. ASNMU will be checking on the use of these lamps periodically and there will be counseling center pamphlets and instructions next to each lamp. If you feel as though you need to talk to someone or want to use a lamp in private, be sure to check out the counseling center. It is completely free to students and 100% confidential. If you have any questions, please contact ASNMU.

On this map, the FitDesks have been assigned as black stars and the sunlamps are designated as pink suns.



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Also, the ASNMU bike share is now done for the season. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for spring when they will be available next!

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New Titles in Literature–Be the First to Check them Out!

Here’s a brief list of some new titles available at the Olson Library in the Language and Literature Collections–look for them in our New Book Display on the main floor, just around the corner from the money-adding machine.

-“Stone Mattress–Nine Tales” by Margaret Atwood, (her first short-story collection in 8 years). PR 9199.3 .A8 S86 2014

-“Tennesee Williams; Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” a Biography by John Lahr. PS 3545  I5365 Z7326 2014

-“Collected Poems” by Pulitzer-Prize Winner and former Poet Laureate Mark Strand. PS 3569 .T69 A6 2014

-“The Wheeling Year; a Poet’s Field Book,” by Pulitzer -Prize Winner and former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. PS 3561 .O6 W49 2014

-“Rose Gold: an Easy Rawlins Mystery,” by Walter Mosley. Mosley’s novels have been adapted for film and television and have starred such greats as Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne. PS 3563 .O88456 R68 2014

-“F. Scott Fitzgerald at Work; The Making of The Great Gatsby,” by Horst H. Kruse. PS 3511 .I9 G849 2014

-“Zoologies; On Animals and the Human Spirit,” by Alison Hawthorne Deming (Essays on animals in cultural imagination, ranging from Woolly Mammoths and Trumpeter Swans to Wolf Spiders and the Chimera). PS 3554 .E474 Z36 2014

-And many more! Whether you’re reading for research or pleasure, there’s a wide variety of newly published material to peruse here at the Olson Library.

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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 1981 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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