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  • Dear Lydia: Can I get some help?

    My dear lost patron:

    Lydia M. Olson Library is still here to help you! Even though our physical space is closed right now, our entire staff is here to answer your questions, guide your searches, and give you the information you need for your work. There are several ways to contact us.

    Whatever way you decide to contact us, we are here to help you and direct you to the information and resources you need. Lydia M. Olson Library is ready, willing, and able to provide the same assistance we always have. Just reach out, and we'll be there.



  • Questions for Lydia M. Olson: Where Are the Books?

    Lydia M. Olson Library wants to help you find the answers to all of your questions. These are real questions from real people. We're going to start with a big one - one we hear often, as a matter of fact.

    "So, where are all the books?"

    We're glad you asked! If you pass through the main floor of Olson Library, you might think there aren't a lot of books. Maybe you've seen our collection of K-12 books and thought, "Is that all?" While we are proud of our collection of K-12 books, which is indispensable for our Elementary Education students, as well as a great resource for children in our community, it isn't the whole picture.

    Picture of shelves of books

    Most of the books - our physical collection - are on the Upper Floor of Olson Library. There, you will find row upon row of books; old books, new books, books of every shape and size, and on subjects that students of NMU will find useful. We also have materials in storage and a wide selection of electronic resources. But if you're looking for all the books, they'll be on our Upper Floor. 

    Photos of books on shelves

    The collection may seem a little intimidating if you don't have a lot of experience with libraries. But we're here to help! All you need to do is contact us, either in person at our Public Services Desk, or you can email, phone, or chat us. Find our contact information here. We're here to help, and love the opportunity to get you and the resource you need together.

    Photo of rows of book shelves

    In order to find the precise book you want, you'll need to find its location. That can be found by searching Olson Library's catalog. Stay tuned for another Ask Lydia Olson to find some tips for searching!



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