Exterior of the library

Lydia M. Olson Library

The award-winning Lydia Olson Library is located on the second and third floors of the Elizabeth and Edgar Harden Hall. It contains thousands of books, journals and magazines, national and international newspapers in print and online, access to numerous proprietary databases, U.S. and Michigan government publications, maps, a pre-K to 12 teacher resource room and multi-media materials. The library catalog, featuring magazines and books, as well as hundreds of specialty peer-reviewed journals can be searched online at the Library Digital Catalog,

Recently, a virtual reality section has been added to the Lydia Olson Library to highlight recent advancements in the field of VR. 

Library staff are available to assist with reference and research questions and to locate materials within the library and online. Reference librarians will also answer questions via instant messaging, e-mail or phone.

Study carrels, tables and relaxing seating areas are placed around the library. A number of small classrooms and conference rooms are also housed here.

Services include public computers, photocopy machines, audio-visual and multimedia equipment, microfiche readers and printers, and machinery for laminating and creating transparencies.

Edgar L. Harden was NMU's president from 1956-1967.