Today's hours 7:30 am — 11:30 pm

Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.


Exhibition logo; white man sits, African American woman stands in background.
  • Sep 2 07:00 am to Oct 12 12:00 am

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America is an exhibition from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that looks at the Chesapeake region, where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity. By examining the labor of slaves and food practices of the time, including those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the exhibition explores how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes during the early colonial era


We're relaunching our Friends of the Library!

  • Sep 19 05:00 pm to Sep 19 07:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, September 19, at 5:00pm in Olson Library for an informal Meet & Greet for our Friends of the Olson Library. We want to hear all about your ideas, your experiences, and your library wish lists. And you can help us plan the inaugural Olson Library Game Night!

Light refreshments will be available.



Join us at Olson Library for all sorts of Bigfoot-themed family fun!

Bigfoot in the library, Saturday, Sept. 21, 9am-11pm, NMU Olson Library, images of footprints
  • Sep 21 09:00 am to Sep 21 01:00 pm

Join us Saturday, Sept. 21 at NMU's Lydia M. Olson Library for a Family Friendly Homecoming Celebration!

  •   9:00 AM  Bagels & Books, featuring Kids' Storytime with NMU Men's Basketball
  • 11:00 AM  Bigfoot Poetry Workshop with UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz (for kids, but all ages welcome!)
  • 12:00 PM  Bigfoot crafts--they may get a little messy!

We will also have a display from the Beaumier UP Heritage Center, games, and free Bigfoot-themed books to the first 20 kids attending!

All ages are welcome. Minor children must be accompanied by an adult. 

This event is sponsored in part by the Michigan Center for the Book.

A poster with an open book and a light bulb
  • Sep 22 07:30 am to Sep 28 07:00 pm

“Censorship Leaves Us in the dark.”
Help Olson Library shine a light on banned and challenged books.
More information to come.

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