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 library.nmu.edu 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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