Library Catalog Back Online!

Work on the Library Catalog has been completed and the system is back online.

If you have any problems or questions please contact us.

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Public Computers & Scanners Access

The public computer terminals and scanners on the main floor of the library are currently inaccessible due to carpet cleaning.  There is still one terminal available on the main floor and 3 terminals on the second floor.

Please feel free to ask the staff for help in searching for a book via the online catalog or visit one of the other computers.

Regular access will return Thursday Morning (June 16th)

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Taking the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT?

For those planning to take one of the many graduate school entrance tests, the Learning Express Library has a variety of practice tests available.  Made available by the Michigan eLibrary (the same folks that brought you MelCat), the Learning Express Library provides access to practice tests for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and a few other graduate school entrance exams.  You will need to create an account before taking a test but once created you can track your progress and start and stop tests at your convenience. Give it a try and see what you think!

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Library Closed for Memorial Day

The Olson Library will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume our normal summer hours on Tuesday, May 31. See the library calendar for a complete list of library hours.

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Want some quality online reference books? Check out Gale Virtual Reference Library


Although most people tend to search for their information using a library search engine or Google, the slow summer months provide you the time to browse some of the library’s reference sources.  One source of quality online reference material is Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Much of the content is provided by, the same group that provides the wonderful MelCat service, but some of the sources Olson Library purchased separately.  You can browse books by subject categories, or do a keyword search across all the works.  If you hold your mouse over a title, a description of that work is shown.

GVRL hover mouse

Browsing a title is like viewing an index in the back of the book.

GVRL encyclopedia of popular culture

Although many entries are text based, depending on the source and entry, images are included too (following image is from Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2013).

GVRL image

So, the next cool, rainy day this summer, take your laptop to one of our bean bags in the library, or cover yourself with a blanket on your couch at home, and see what Gale Virtual Reference Library has to offer.

If you have any questions make sure to chat us or call 227-2118.

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Bike Share Program Back for 2016

owl bike

The ASNMU bike share program is now up and running! With your NMU ID, you are able to borrow a bike for up to three days at a time! Stop by the library on any weekday when we are open.  Happy riding!

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Jamrich Hours During Finals Week

ASNMU will once again sponsor Jamrich Hall as a 24-Hour Study Lounge during finals week.

It starts Sunday, April 24 @ midnight and ends Wednesday, April 27 at midnight.

Jamrich Hall hours the remainder of the week are as follows:

Thursday, April 28, Jamrich opens at 6:00 a.m. and stays open until Friday, April 29 at 2:00 a.m.

Friday, April 29, Jamrich opens at 6:00 a .m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. Friday night.

Good luck with finals!

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Quality online dictionaries and reference sources

Next time you need a definition or quick bit of information, don’t waste your time with or poor quality information on Google.


Oxford Reference Library Premium is a great online source of reference type materials that can come in handy when writing your next paper.  Oxford Reference Library Premium consists of two collections.

Oxford Quick Reference
Quickly check a fact, or find out key information about a concept, person, or term:

                    • A collection of over 125 core subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully-vetted quick results that users can trust
                    • Updated monthly, in addition to 3 major updates a year which add new titles and editions to the collection

Oxford Reference Library

Delve deeper into a subject, furthering your research needs using in-depth articles and essays, and expand your subject coverage with more specialist titles:

                    • Over 100 in-depth and specialist titles from Oxford’s award winning Encyclopedias and Companions
                    • New major reference titles added throughout the year, with new editions publishing periodically

With Oxford Reference Library Premium you can search across all titles or browse individual ones.








Likewise, you can browse titles by the two different collection types. Below is an example of the over 100 titles in the Reference Library collection, which provide more “meaty’ entries. Note, you can see all the titles, or browse them by subject (left hand side).


Once you give Oxford Reference Online Premium a try, we’re confident you will like what you find.

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Celebrate National Library Week by checking out an ebook!

This week is National Library Week and to celebrate consider checking out some of our ebooks.  We have thousands of ebooks, and some of our bigger collections are listed below:

Ebook Central – 33,000+ books across all topics and growing by about 4,000 titles a year.
EBSCO eBook Collection – 23,000+ books across all topics.
Books 24×7 – 11,000+ computer and technology books. Login using your NMU username & password.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project – a searchable collection of over 4,300 books in the humanities and social sciences including history, area studies, political science, religion, literature and others.
PsycBooks – over 3,200 books dealing with psychology and psychiatry.
Stat!Ref – 37 books relating to medicine and healthcare .

Alternatively, you can always search the library catalog or OneSearch for ebooks.   For the catalog, simply click on the catalog tab on the library homepage and then click again on advanced search:

library homepage - catalog tab

From the advanced search screen simply type in some keywords on a topic of interest and choose the location NMU e-Resources.


e-resources location in catalog

If you are in OneSearch, simply restrict your topic search to books/ebooks and then the library location, NMU Electronic Resources.  All of these options are on the left hand side of the screen:

onesearch - limit to ebooks

Most book vendors will allow you to view an ebook online with no special software.  It will simply display in your internet browser.  However, if you want to download the book, security restrictions will require you to use Adobe Digital Editions, which can be downloaded from Adobe’s site.  You know you will need Adobe Digital Editions if the file name you download ends in .ascm, as opposed to .pdf.   Simply install and open Adobe Digital Editions and then drag the file onto the open program.  Voila! Your ebook will appear and be available to you for a period of days (depending on the vendor).

So celebrate the 21st century library by checking out an ebook today!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Mobile library website

The library has a mobile site for accessing various resources and services.   We offer some key features in a small package: Searching OneSearch for articles, renewing and searching for books, news, and more.

Anyone using a smartphone or tablet should be redirected automatically to the mobile site, but if not, point your browser to

library mobile image




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