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Elaine Hoeltzel
Library Director
(269) 749-7582

Staff & Hours
Online Databases
Public Computer Policy
Vision and Mission
Special Collections
Interlibrary Loan Request


The library is located on the corner of Main and College streets.
We use the Library of Congress system to organize library materials-see the Call Number Guide. Current events are posted on the library's blog - and the Burrage Library Facebook page. We look forward to assisting you with your research!

The library subscribes to over 50 print periodicals Periodicals.  The library provides access to a variety of online databases such as InfoTrac, First Search, and Project MUSE. Access to many library resources are available on our Web site and through the college Intranet .

Come to the library and consult with a librarian when you need to do research for assignments or for personal interest.  We will work with you and show you how to use our online catalog,
Oli-Cat to find books, online databases such as Project Muse and FirstSearch, as well as how to use other information sources.

As you do research, you may find references to materials that the library does not own. Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) agreements, the library can borrow materials from other libraries.  Allow a week to 10 days for receipt of material.  ILL request forms can be obtained at the Circulation Desk.
Library card is required for all ILL requests.

Library Cards: An Olivet College Library card or a Michigan I.D. card is required to check out materials.  Cards are issued upon showing an Olivet College ID card. Call the library immediately if your library card has been lost.  There is a $5 library card replacement fee.


Books: Books circulate for three weeks and may be renewed once provided no one else has requested them.


Reserve Materials: Instructors may place required reading materials for students on reserve.  These materials may be signed out at the Circulation Desk and must be returned to the Circulation Desk.


Reference Books and Periodicals: Reference books and periodicals do not circulate.


Returning Materials: Materials can be returned either to the Circulation Desk or the outside drop slot located on the front porch of the library.


Overdue Materials and Lost Items: An item is overdue when it has not been returned within the circulation period. Two overdue notices at one-week intervals will be sent as courtesy reminders. The library asks students to respond to these notices by returning the overdue materials or by informing the library if an error has been made.  Failure to respond to these notices will result in a charge of $40 each for the replacement of the materials and a non-refundable $5.00 billing fee. Borrowing privileges are suspended until overdues are returned and/or any charges are paid. Replacement charges must be paid for each lost item. Replacement fees are not refundable.


Study Areas and Meeting Rooms: Study carrels and tables are located throughout the library. The Lecture Room and Insurance Room can be reserved for group meetings and individual study.


Photocopy Services: One photocopier and one fax machine are available in the library. Copies cost five cents per page. Change for small bills is available at the Circulation Desk.


Computer Work Stations: Computers are located on the main floor of the library and downstairs in the Cyber Cafe.

Cyber Cafe: The Milford E. Reeder Cyber cafe is located on the lower level of Burrage Library and features computers, coffee, drinks and assorted snack items. Hours of operation during the academic year are:M-TH, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: (269) 749-6639.

NOTE: Please turn off or silence cell phones and pagers while in the library.


Academic Year
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2 p.m. - 11 p.m.
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

NOTE: The library is also open during college events, holidays and exam periods to accommodate students needs. As a courtesy to others using the library, please turn off or silence cell phones and pagers.

  • Judy Fales
    Library Assistant
    (269) 749-7595

  • Gretchen Peters
    Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

    (269) 749-6658

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Oli-Cat - Olivet College Library online catalog
WorldCat- 1.5 billion items in different subject areas
InfoTrac - 16 databases in different subject areas
Project MUSE - scholarly journals
Hoovers - information on over 14,000 companies
Express Library - practice tests
eBook Collection - electronic book collection
First Research

Proquest - MLA,RILM, Psyc Articles Databases
Wilson Abstracts and Indexes &OmniFile Full Text Select
Literature Resource Center

Citation Styles
Chicago Manual of Style

Reference Sources
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Census Information (2000 census)
The World Factbook

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Dictionaries (all languages)
Telephone Directories
Zip Codes

National Gallery of Art
Voice of the Shuttle

US Census Bureau
US Department of Labor
EDGAR - information on publicly held corporations on file since 1994 with the Securities Exchange Commission
Hoovers - profiles and financial information for thousands of companies

Criminal Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Justice Information Center
Michigan State Police Uniform Crime Report
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Uniform Crime Reports (U.S.)

Michigan Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education

IPL Literary Criticism Collection - literary resources including thesaurus, dictionary and style guide

Stearns Collection
Early MusiChicago

The Classical Music Navigator

Why Files
Endangered Species

American Chemical Society Journals

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