December 11, 2018

OCC Libraries Offers One Credit Hour Course

Looking for one more class to complete your Winter 2019 schedule? Check out:
LIB 1000- Introduction to the College Library and Information Resources (LIB-1000-R7202)
  • Taught by library faculty,  this course will introduce students to library resources and basic research skills necessary for college readiness. 
  • Open to ALL students; no textbooks! 
  • English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1055 or higher (or placement into ESL 1011 or higher for students taking the ESL sequence of courses.)
LIB 1000 will be offered at the Royal Oak campus as a late-starting class beginning March 12, 2019 and meets one night per week.

November 29, 2018

Suspension of MeLCat service for the semester break

Please note that MeLCat services will be suspended for the upcoming semester break.  Monday December 5 will be the last day to request an item through MeLCat before the end of the semester. 

All MeLCat items must be returned to the library by Monday December 17 unless the due date is after January 2, 2019.

MeLCat services will resume as normal beginning January 2, 2019.

October 10, 2018

Human Library Returns to the Highland Lakes Campus on Tuesday October 23

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 Highland Lakes Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host a Human Library on Tuesday October 23, 2018 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 you (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

On Tuesday October 23, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center from 9am– 1pm, our Human Library will have 20 Human Book titles. Please come and check them out.

See the flyer for more information.

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.

October 9, 2018: The library was able to make arrangements to retain most of these databases noted below:

* Academic OneFile retained
* Business Collection retained
* Business Insights: Global retained
BusinessDescision / no longer available
* retained
* Criminal Justice Collection retained
Expanded Academic ASAP / no longer available
* Fine Arts and Music Collection retained
* General OneFile retained
General Reference Center Gold / no longer available
* Health & Wellness Resource Center retained
* Health Reference Center Academic retained
Heritage Quest / no longer available
* Informe Académico retained
* InfoTrac Newsstand retained
* LegalTrac retained
New York Times / no longer available
Nursing Resource Center / no longer available
Small Business Resource Center / no longer available

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.