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Holiday Break Hours

The Lydia M. Olson Library wishes everyone the happiest of holidays! During winter break, the library will be open from 8:00AM-5:00PM on weekdays and closed on the weekends. 

Our holiday hours are listed below: 

December 17th-18th: CLOSED
December 19th-22nd: 8:00AM—5:00PM
December 23rd-January 2nd: CLOSED
January 3rd-4th: 8:00AM—5:00PM
January 7th-8th: CLOSED
January 9th-13th: 8:00AM—5:00PM
January 14th-15th: CLOSED
January 16th: 8:00AM—5:00PM

Finals Week Hours at the Lydia M. Olson Library

The Lydia M. Olson Library will be open for extended hours in preparation for finals week. The hours are as follows:

Friday, December 9th: 7:30AM-3:00AM
Saturday, December 10th: 9:00AM-3:00AM
Sunday, December 11th: 9:00AM-3:00AM
Monday, December 12th: 7:30AM-3:00AM
Tuesday, December 13th: 7:30AM-3:00AM

After these dates, the library will return to regular operating hours for the remainder of the semester. To view the library hours, please visit our website.

Diversity Common Reader Available at the Library

The Diversity Common Reader Program (DCRP) is delighted to announce that free copies of this year's book selection, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism, by Elsa Sjunneson are available at the Lydia M. Olson Library.

Physical, audio, and ebook editions of Being Seen are also available, and if you are thinking of using Being Seen—or an excerpt—in one of your classes, please check out the book!

NMU Day of Giving

Big cities, small towns, across the pond, or right in NMU’s backyard…wherever you end up, Northern Michigan University is what helped get you where you are.

Now it’s your turn to help fellow Wildcats find their way! Participate in NMU’s Day of Giving on November 29th. Visit to learn more about how to give. 

#NMUDayofGiving #NorthernReach #CatsCare #alwaysNMU #shareNMU

"Swastika Nation"—Bernstein Book Talk YouTube Video

Visit the Lydia M. Olson Library YouTube channel to view a new video upload the book talk held by writer, teacher and speaker, Arnie Bernstein. 

As part of the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition, Arnie Bernstein offered a virtual discussion his novel, "Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of The German-American Bund". This discussion highlighted many of the main concepts of Bernstein's novel, as well as how these historical trends are being represented in current society. 

The U.S. and the Holocaust—Ken Burns Webinar

In this 60-minute session, you’ll meet Sarah Botstein, one of the filmmakers; hear about programming resources (film screeners, discussion guides, book lists, panel discussions, poster sets and more) related to the film and the topic; and learn about what some other libraries have done in their communities to promote connections. The presenters will also share tips to help library workers connect with your local PBS station to collaborate on a program.

LGBTQIA+ content recommendations from NMU ALLIES

Recommendations of LGBTQIA+ titles, authors, and academic(s)/academic materials in collaboration with NMU ALLIES.

*NMU faculty, staff and students have access to all the materials listed. Requesting from the Olson Library requires your NMU login. Requesting from MeLCat requires the barcode on your NMU ID. More information about MeLCat and Interlibrary Loan. Library staff would be happy to assist you in accessing these titles. 


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International Open Access Week 2022

Celebrate International Open Access Week this week. From Monday, October 24th to Sunday, October 30th, learn about the importance of openness by attending virtual events.

Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.

Two Books, Two Communities—Jean E. Pendziwol

Northern Michigan University will be hosting Pendziwol in conjunction with Two Books, Two Communities on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Join her in the Northern Center Ballrooms at 7:00 p.m. to hear more about her story and writings. 

Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of more than ten critically-acclaimed books for children, including the Two books, Two Communities 2022 Book Selections: "The Lightkeeper's Daughters" and "Me and You and the Red Canoe". 

For more details on these titles and the event, please visit


The Lydia M. Olson Library will host an opening reception for Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

Olson Library was selected as one of 50 U.S. libraries to present the touring version of the Americans and the Holocaust special exhibition, which opened in April 2018 at the Museum in Washington, D.C., during the Museum’s 25th anniversary.

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