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

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About the ERL

The primary mission of the ERL is to provide resources and services that support the curriculum needs of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services. A secondary purpose is to support the scholarly activity, to whatever degree possible, of the entire university community. And finally, the ERL strives to make ERL resources available to the community at large as long as it does not interfere with the primary mission.

The ERL provides:
  • A circulating collection of notable and award winning children’s and young adult literature.
  • State-of-the-art multimedia resources (print and electronic materials, 60+ networked computers and a full-color poster printer). Other equipment includes: laminator, bookbinder, fax machine, Ellison die cutter, copy machines and a Wēpa print station.
  • Access and guidance to resources and equipment through workshops and consultation with knowledgeable experts.
  • Space for students to collaborate with peers as they interact with books, multimedia resources and equipment for teaching, training and human services.
The ERL is a professional development laboratory. The organization of materials in each area varies. Cross discipline and diversity materials are included in every section. All materials circulate except textbooks, reference and journals. When ERL print materials and technology merge, “research, scholarship and creative activities” are transformed into tangible as well as virtual products.

ERL Literature Collection
  • Picture storybooks (E)
  • Board Books
  • Pop-up and movable books
  • Fiction for children and young adults (F)
  • Non-fiction for children and young adults (Dewey)
  • Children’s Tradebook Examination Center
  • K–12 textbooks
  • Manipulative
  • Professional development
  • Bound periodicals (selected)
  • Reference
Children’s Awards Book Collection (non-circulating)
The ERL has a non-circulating research collection of award winning children’s and young adult literature. The collection is housed in 350F, inside the ERL, and the books are shelved by award.  The collection includes medal winning and honor books for the following awards:
  • American Indian Youth Literature Award
  • Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
  • Batchelder Award
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Carnegie Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award
  • Hans Christian Andersen Award
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
  • Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • Mitten Award
  • Newbery Medal
  • Orbis Pictus Award
  • Pura Belpre Book Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Award
  • Schneider Family Award
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award
  • Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
  • Thumbs Up! Award
  • Woodson Award

For more information about the individual awards or to see if the ERL houses specific titles, please visit the Awards Book Page.

Multicultural and diverse literature is integrated within the larger literature collection. Materials on race, ethnicity, disabilities, both physical and mental, gender and gay/lesbian issues are included in this collection and can be accessed by doing a keyword search for “ERL Diversity Collection.”

We have a small collection of older materials related to African American Children’s Literature that may be used for research and/or historical interest. This collection is non-circulating and shelved together in 350F, in the ERL. These materials can be accessed by doing a search for “African American Children’s Literature Research” as a phrase.
Summer 2018: Job openings for the 2018–2019 school year will be posted soon. You may continue to check this website or Handshake for further information.

How to Apply:
  1. Apply online at Handshake.
  2. Complete the ERL Student Employment Application, save it to your computer after you fill it out and email to Alicia Arbour, Circulation Manager at
  3. Complete the Planning Schedule, save it to your computer after you fill it out and email to Alicia Arbour, Circulation Manager at
    • These forms are in a .pdf format that you can type in. You may need to download the file to your computer before you are allowed to type your answers in the fields. Once completed, you must re-save it to your computer and then attach to an email.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alicia Arbour by phone at (248) 370-4230 or by email
The ERL is proud to maintain relationships and partnerships with area businesses and charities.

The ERL supports the efforts of the following organizations by donating children's books that have been removed from our collections.
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How do I find the ESL Program Coordinator? The office used to be in Pawley Hall!

Is there a limit to the number of items I can have checked out at one time?

Up to 8 items may be checked out at any one time.

Is the ERL a library?

The ERL is not a library, it is a laboratory, providing resources for Education and Human Services professionals. Materials circulate similarly to those in a library. The arrangement, however, is different and the types of materials and services available also differ.

Can I check my email from ERL computers?

Yes, all ERL computers have Internet connections. However, only students, staff, faculty or others with a valid OU NetID (OU email and password) can authenticate on the network in order to gain access to the internet.

Does the ERL have resource materials for secondary teachers?

The ERL has many resources for secondary teachers. Textbooks for grades 9–12, fiction and non-fiction for young adults, social studies, science, math and language arts CD ROMs, videos, reference and classroom management materials, and posters.

Can laptop computers be checked out of the ERL?

The ERL has a small group of laptops that can be checked out for use in Pawley Hall by SEHS students. Please check with the front desk if you would like to check one out.

Can I print from ERL computers?

The ERL houses one of the 23 conveniently located Wēpa print stations on campus. There are a variety of methods in which students can print to any of the Wēpa kiosks.