November 13, 2017

New Search Everything Coming Soon

The OCC Libraries will be introducing a new and improved Search Everything in the new year. The updated Search Everything will include a whole new look & feel, including improved performance for mobile device users and improved OCC Journals List & Browse Search features.

You can find out more about the changes and preview the new Search Everything at

The switchover to this new interface will get underway after the end of classes for the Fall 2017 semester and will be ready for the beginning of the Winter 2018 semester on the OCC Libraries home page at

Please contact Jeff Zachwieja, Coordinator of Library Electronic Resources, at if you have any questions.

October 11, 2017

Human Library Returns to the Highland Lakes Campus

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be deaf? What it is like to have lived with an addiction? What it is like to be Muslim?

The Highland Lakes Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host the Human Library on Tuesday October 24, 2017 from 9am–1pm in the Highland Lakes Student Center Arena.

The Human Library allows “readers” to checkout volunteer “books” who represent multiple areas of diversity. Human Books represent a cross section of society that have been stereotyped. “Books” are not asked to be experts, but instead asked to be themselves and tell their story in response to questions asked by the “Reader”. This exercise allows “Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. 

Started in Denmark in 2000, the Human Library helps break down barriers and end prejudice. The idea is simple: if you meet people from other walks of life, people different than yourself, they become real and no longer belong to a faceless group. Once people start talking and getting to know one another, it becomes harder to discriminate against others as we realize we are more similar than we are different. For more information, please go to

September 28, 2017

Five Campus Resources You Need to Know

The OCC Libraries are highlighted on the OCC Spirit Blog as one of the 5 campus resources you need to know:
Information literacy skills are essential for student success. OCC’s library services are free to all students, available on all campuses and accessible online 24/7! Access their expertise searching electronic databases, finding good web sites and evaluating information for research papers by visiting one of five campus libraries or Ask a Librarian at the 24/7 online chat service.  Your Raider One Card serves as your library card allowing you to check out materials and make print outs or copies.  Renew books online, request items from another campus library and access electronic materials with your MyOCC ID and PW. Library computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis with MS Office Suite 2016 for student use. Ask your instructor about extra credit for free library seminars!

Read the whole article on the OCC Spirit Blog.

September 12, 2017

Celebrating Constitution Day at the Orchard Ridge Campus Library

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787.

The Orchard Ridge Campus King Library is a Federal Depository Library and provides free access to print and electronic documents created by the United States Government.

While supplies last on Monday September 18, the Orchard Ridge Campus Library will be giving out free pencils and sticky note pads in honor of Constitution Day. Be sure to check out our display table featuring government publications and books about the United States Constitution.
Want to learn more?
Use the OCC Libraries Search Everything to locate books or articles related to U.S. Constitution, or take a look at the resources on the OCC Libraries Government Research Guide. For more information about accessing the Government Documents collection, visit the reference desk at any OCC campus library for assistance.