September 5, 2018

Changes Coming to OCC Libraries Database Access on October 1

Many of the databases available through the OCC Library are provided statewide through the Library of Michigan's Michigan eLibrary (MeL). On October 1 a new statewide subscription cycle begins which will bring big changes to the databases available through the OCC Libraries. While OCC users will no longer have access to a number of databases provided through MeL, the new agreement will also bring in a large number of new databases.

The OCC Libraries are seeking to make arrangements to possibly continue some of the expiring resources, but here is a list of the databases provided by OCC through MeL that we expect to be discontinued on October 1.

Academic OneFile
Business Collection
Business Insights: Global
Criminal Justice Collection
Expanded Academic ASAP
Fine Arts and Music Collection
General OneFile
General Reference Center Gold
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
Heritage Quest
Informe Académico
InfoTrac Newsstand
New York Times
Nursing Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center

See the MeL Database Crosswalk spreadsheet for more information on which of the new databases will replace the expiring databases.

See the full listing of all the new resources coming October 1.

We will provide more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions please contact your campus librarian or Jeff Zachwieja, Coordinator of Library Electronic Resources at or x3488.

Free Library Success Seminars for the Fall 2018 Semester

Free Library Success Seminars are available during the Fall 2018 Semester. These sessions cover a variety of topics related to library research. Ask your instructor about extra credit for attending any of these seminars. See the Library Instruction page for more information about future seminars at all OCC campuses.

Full Schedule at Orchard Ridge Campus Library Page

July 5, 2018

Bloom's Literature Database Now Available at OCC Libraries

The Bloom's Literature database is a comprehensive resource for the study of literature. Bloom's Literature includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.

Try Bloom's Literature now.

Find more resources like Bloom's Literature on the OCC Libraries American and English Literature Research Guide.

June 22, 2018

Make Your Summer Notable: Read a Library of Michigan 2018 Notable Book!

If you are looking for a good read this summer, check out the Library of Michigan's list of the 2018 Michigan Notable Books - 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. These books encompass a number of genres and subjects including:

The OCC Libraries have the majority of the 20 Michigan Notable titles available for checkout in our collections. Search the Library Catalog to see if the title you are interested in is available. If the book you want is not available at OCC you can always try to request it through MeLCat and have it delivered to OCC or any other Michigan library where you are an authorized borrower.

To find out more about the program, visit the Library of Michigan Notable Books website.

May 7, 2018

Human Library Event at the Farmington Community Library, Saturday May 12

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

The OCC Orchard Ridge & Highland Lakes Campus Diversity and Inclusion Committees, the Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington Hills (MCMR) and the Farmington Community Library will host a Human Library on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 1pm-5pm at the Farmington Community Main Library.

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 event 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