Try our Juvies section!



The Olson Library offers a wide variety of books, but not many people know about our juvie section (e.g. juvenile and young adult). It is located on the left side of the second floor in short yellow shelves. Here is the perfect place to find books for all ages. We have everything from young adult novels to children’s picture books to works of nonfiction, all in one convenient place.

From 2005 onward, the library has been growing this collection to over 20,000 books. Most of them serve as resources for education majors to write lesson plans. The records have been improved so that you can search in our catalog for books winning notable awards such as the Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children) or Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children). Reading levels have been added so you can find books suitable for specific ages. The juvie section receives a few hundred new books a year.

If you’re an education major or just an avid reader, check out our juvies section!  There will be a grand opening of this collection sometime this semester.  Stay tuned!

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MelCat Back Online

MeLCat is back online and all services are available again. If you have any problems please let us know.

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New Year Resolutions


It’s still January and New Years Resolutions are on people’s minds. Most resolutions require a kick start to give you a chance. Here are a few resources at NMU that could help you.

For getting fit

We offer a wide selection of books on all kinds of exercise. From skiing (GV854 .C549) to yoga (RA 781.7 .H49 1978), these books can offer you ways to implement these activites in your daily life. One book that might be helpful to the masses is “Fitness Motivation” by W. Jack Rejeski and Elizabeth A. Kenney (GV481.2 .R45 1988). This book is designed to prime you for all aspects of getting fit, beginning with working out and developing better eating habits. “Performance Nutrition for Runners” by Matt Fitzgerald (TX 361 .R86 F58 2006)  is not only for runners, but anyone active. It provides information on how to fuel your body for stronger workouts, faster recovery and the best race times ever. This comprehensive guide offers tips for eating out, eating in, and eating right.

Kicking bad habits

Every time we turn around there seems to be some kind of bad habit following us. Making a New Years resolution to kick these is a great idea. Our library offers options for specific habits such as smoking (ebook) and a guide to breaking any habit (ebook). If you happen to bite your nails and would like to stop, I’d reccomend checking out “Fingernail biting: theory, research, and treatment” by Norman Hadley. (RC569.5.N35 H3 1984). It gives you reasons why nail biting is seems to be such a pesky habit and offers ways to break it.

Reducing Stress

This is a hard one. Being in college means feeling stressed. “101 Ways to Make Every Second Count: Time Managment Tips and Techniques for More Success with Less Stress” by Robert Bly (eBook) is an online resource that can help you eliminate time wasters, get more done in less time, and offers other ways to keep up productivity.

Whatever your resolution may need, we have books on every subject to help you be the best you can be! Have a safe and happy new year!

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Braiding Sweetgrass, 2015 Diversity Common Reader Selection

The 2015 Diversity Common Reader book is Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.

The Diversity Common Reader Program is a semester-long initiative focused on embracing diversity by exposing a new cultural or ethnic idea at a campus-wide level. Various campus events are planned this semester including a visit by the author in March as well as writing and art contests. The Olson Library has four copies of the book at the circulation desk (two-week loan), an ebook version, and a limited number of circulating complementary copies near the west entrance to the library. There will be a Book Launch Event, January 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hedgcock Atrium, with complementary copies of the book available also (limited quantities). Visit the Diversity Common Reader Program web site for the latest information on events related to this book.

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DVD’s at the library

Welcome to the library where we have tons of books and documents and… DVDs? Yes, we have DVDs that are funny, heart wrenching, and just downright scary. We also have DVDS on a variety of subjects for research as well as a wide selection of movies that are pure entertainment! Here’s a few examples of what we have to offer!

Psycho (Media PS 3503 L718 P89 2000)

Genre: Horror

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Released: 1960

An Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. A horror film originally released in 1960, the suspense will hold you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

(Media PN 1997 A425 2003)

Genre: Science Fiction

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Serrate, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt

Released: 1979 & digitally premastered in 2003

When the crew of the space-tug Nostromo answers a distress signal from a desolate planet, they discover a deadly life form that breeds within a human host, and so the horror begins. Starting Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, this movie is said to be one of the most suspenseful and powerful science fiction films of all time.

(Media PN 1995.9 C55 J866 2007)

Genre: Independent romantic comedyStarring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jenifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Jamey, JK Simons

Released: 2007

Juno MacGuff, played by Ellen Page, is a quirky cool teenager who takes a nine month pit stop after an unplanned pregnancy happens. She then starts on a journey to find the perfect parents for her child. Through the bumps and turns of this process, this movie is a quirky heart warming story of a teen trying to find her place in this world.

Everything is Illuminated
(Media PN 1995.9 M45 E947 2006)

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Starring: Elijah Wood, Live Schreiber, Eugene Hutz

Released: 2005

Johnathan saves memories of family: photos cards false teeth and handfuls of dirt- all sealed in bags and attached to his wall.  He now seeks a more elusive memory. He will now journey to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis in 1942. Cultures mesh along the way to his journey through Ukraine. This movie offers a new way to study World War II in a playful and interesting twist.


Mulan & Mulan II (Media PN 1997 M65 M65 2013)

Genre: Animated adventure

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, June Foray, BD Wong

Released: 1998 & 2004

The Disney classic is available on DVD at the LRC! Mulan, the story of an ancient Chinese legend animated and put on the big screen. It’s about a girl who breaks tradition by joining the army joined by her lucky cricket and her guardian dragon. In Mulan II, Mulan is back again in Mulan II as she and her fiancé travel to a distant city to save the empire.

There are many subject specific movies available for rent in our media collection located on the third floor of the LRC in the back right corner. We also offer VHS, records, and tapes for rent. There are televisions with VHS and DVD slots as well as record players in the study cubbies by the media collection.

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New Hours!

Starting this week 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 8:00 am classes as well as allowing it to be a walkway to Jamrich.

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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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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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