Educational Resources Lab

Pawley Hall, Room 350
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
Circulation Desk:

(248) 370-2485
fax: (248) 370-4226

Circulation Policies

Circulation issues: 

For general questions and/or information, contact our circulation desk at (248) 370-2485.

For circulation issues or concerns, please contact our Circulation Manager Alicia Arbour during business hours:
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (248) 370-4230.

Loan Periods
  • Circulating collection (books, manipulatives) - 3 weeks
  • Tradebooks (Publisher Preview items) - 1 week
  • Non-Circulating:  reference books, textbooks, pop-up books and items in the Special Collections Room.
  • Video cameras, still cameras, voice recorders, tripods, etc - 2 days
  • Laptops, MacBooks, chromebooks, iPads, etc - same day, due by end of ERL business day

Only circulating books, tradebooks and manipulatives may be renewed. Laptops and other tech equipment may not be renewed.
  • Items may be renewed for a loan period of the same length if they have not been requested by another person.
  • Overdue materials cannot be renewed online. Please contact us.
  • Renewals can be made in person, by phone or online.
  • Renew online  (Kresge Library home page > Books > Renewing books link)

  • You may pay your ERL overdue/lost fines & fees in person (OU SpiritCash or check only) or on our Marketplace website using a credit card.
  • Overdue fines - 23 cents per day, per item Monday through Saturday. We do not charge fines for Sundays.
  • Fees for lost or damaged books - please contact us immediately so we can work with you to replace the item at the most reasonable cost. Otherwise, automatic fines/fees will be generated through the system at the following rates:
    • $11.00 processing fee
    • Any fines accrued up to $9.89
    • Replacement costs for textbooks and other items may vary
    • $30.00 per book replacement cost
  • Once library fines reach $15, checkout of ERL materials will be blocked until fines have been paid.
    Fines greater than $15 will result in a Banner hold resulting in the inability for the patron to register for classes and/or order transcripts.
    Equipment such as video cameras, still cameras, voice recorders, projectors, microscope adapters and tripods accrue a fine of $10 per day. 
  • Laptops/MacBooks: We reserve the right to charge replacement costs for any overdue/damaged laptops (up to $1300 for a computer/bag/powercord). A hold will be placed on your Oakland University account (Registrar) until business is settled with the ERL.
  • iPads:  We reserve the right to charge replacement costs for any overdue/damaged iPads (up to $600 for an iPad/case/powercord). A hold will be placed on your Oakland University account (Registrar) until business is settled with the ERL.
  • If you have questions concerning lost books, overdue items or fines, please contact Alicia Arbour at or call 248-370-4230.

Payment Options for Fines/Fees
  • ERL fines/fees may be paid at the ERL Circulation desk using monies added to your SpiritID or by check;  No cash payments allowed
  • To pay your ERL library charges online using your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) please go to our Marketplace site.
    • To determine the amount of your ERL fines, please login to My Library Account
  • The ERL cannot accept payment for Kresge Library charges - ONLY fines/fees for ERL materials
  • Please allow up to 3 business days to process payments
  • All transactions are final; no refunds
  • Fines/fees that are 120 days past due may be sent to a collection agency

Problems, Blocked Accounts, and Other Services

In order that we may best serve your needs, we encourage you to plan ahead:

Once library fines reach $15, checkout of ERL materials will be blocked until fines have been paid.
Fines greater than $15 will result in a Banner hold resulting in the inability for the patron to register for classes and/or order transcripts.

If you have business with the ERL such as removing blocks from your account due to fines and fees, borrowing materials that normally do not circulate, borrowing laptops or other materials that require the attention of staff, please make sure to consult us during business hours, Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Our student workers do not have authority to override the computer system or access personal patron records.

If you pay a fine after 5pm or on Saturday, our student workers will provide you a receipt.  ERL staff will process the payment the next business day, removing any blocks or holds and clearing all records.

If you have issues or concerns, please contact either our circulation manager, Alicia Arbour ( 248-370-4230) or our Director, Barb Campbell ( 248-370-4877) during business hours.

Borrowing Privileges

Oakland University faculty, staff and students may borrow circulating library materials (books, documents, CDs). Borrowers must have a picture OU ID (Spirit card) and must have the card validated at the Circulation Desk.

Continuing Education students are eligible for a Guest Library Card.

Current members of the Oakland University Alumni Association also have borrowing privileges (See Kresge's Alumni information page). Alumni Cards have the same privileges as Guest cards, but are available to Alumni at no cost.

Graduate students working on their dissertations but not currently enrolled need to make special arrangements with the Circulation Manager, to borrow materials. 

Guest Library Cards are also available for purchase for individuals not affiliated with Oakland at a cost of $50.00 per year.  To apply for your card, please visit the ERL Circulation desk during regular business hours (8:00 am- 5:00 pm).

Off-campus Access to Databases (restricted)


Oakland University students, faculty, and staff have authenticated access to most library resources and databases from off-campus. If you are not a member of one of these groups, you may still visit Kresge Library or the ERL and obtain guest authorization to use library computers by presenting a current photo ID to a staff member.

Laptop and iPad Carts - Circulation Policy/Procedures
To schedule a cart for use in your classroom, please fill out the  Technology Reservation Form which can be accessed from our home page.  This form is immediately emailed to staff members who will verify and complete the reservation on our calendar.  If there is a problem, one of us will get right back with you. For immediate assistance please call the ERL Circulation desk: 248-370-2485. 

When you check out one of our Laptop or iPad carts, you accept full responsibility for the safe return of the equipment before the ERL closes for the day. 

If you need the laptop or iPad cart in the evening after the ERL is closed, it is your responsibility to secure the cart and individual machines, and make arrangements to return it to the ERL the next morning.


  • The cart and devices should be returned in the same condition they were in when loaned to you. 
  • Report any malfunctions, damage or issues to ERL staff immediately.
  • Please remind students about proper use and care: prevent water, food, beverages, dirt from getting on the machines.
  • Before returning, please count the machines, and make sure they are properly inserted into the cart, attached to the appropriate power cords. 
  • Do not lend the cart or contents to any other instructor/student directly. It must be returned to the ERL and re-assigned for checkout by ERL staff.
  • All carts and equipment will be inspected upon return.

Individual Guest Card Policies

Guest Library Cards may be purchased at a cost of $50.00 at the Circulation Desk of either the ERL or Kresge Library. Your guest card will be honored at both facilities. The ERL will also honor individual Guest Cards purchased through Kresge Library. The following ERL privileges are granted to guest cardholders:
  • Guest card holders may check out up to 5 books at any one time.
  • For regular collection books: a loan period of 2 weeks; 1 renewal (for one additional week) is allowed.
  • For new Trade Books: a loan period of 1 week; 1 renewal (for one additional week) is allowed.
  • Guest card policies for Kresge Library differ - please see the Kresge Library web page for specific policies:

ERL overdue fines will be $.23 per day per item. Lost materials will be billed at a replacement value along with a processing fee. Services of a collection agency may be engaged in order to retrieve overdue materials if the normal overdue notification procedures fail to elicit their return. The Library reserves the right to withdraw borrowing privileges under such circumstances.