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, networked computers and a full-color poster printer). Other equipment includes: laminator, bookbinder, Ellison die cutter, copy machine with fax/scan capabilities 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)
- Beginning Reader
- 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
- Professional development
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 Award Books 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.
Job openings are typically posted in July for the following academic year (September-April). Please visit Handshake for further information.
Student employees hired by the ERL must review the Relevant Oakland University Policies listed under the heading of the same name on the Student Employment webpage for Oakland University. In addition, ERL student employees should be familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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, ERL desktop computers have Internet connections. However, only students, staff, faculty or others with a valid OU NetID (OU email and password that has been changed within the last 180 days) 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 chromebooks 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 - from the wepa app, your OU email, Moodle, Google Drive, or own computer. You do not need to log into our computers to print.
For circulation issues, concerns or general questions, contact an ERL staff member at (248) 370-2485 during business hours (M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Circulating collection (books, manipulatives) – 3 weeks
- Tradebooks (Publisher Preview items) and items in the Special Collections Room – 1 week
- Non-Circulating: reference books, textbooks, pop-up books
- iPads, video cameras, voice recorders, tripods – 2 days
- Chromebooks – same day, due by end of ERL business day
- 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)
- ERL books and materials must be returned to the ERL (not Kresge Library).
- For after-hours returns of books, please use the drop box located outside the Pawley Hall main entrance.
- Technology must be returned directly to an employee at the circulation desk.
- 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
- We reserve the right to charge replacement costs for overdue or damaged equipment such as video cameras, still cameras, voice recorders, projectors, microphones and tripods.
- Laptops/MacBooks: We reserve the right to charge replacement costs for overdue/damaged laptops (up to $1300 for a computer/bag/power cord). 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 overdue/damaged iPads (up to $600 for an iPad/bag/power cord). A hold will be placed on your Oakland University account until business is settled with the ERL.
- If library fines reach $15, checkout of ERL materials will be blocked and a hold will be placed on your Oakland University account until fines have been paid. The hold on a university account results in the inability to register for classes, receive your diploma or order transcripts.
- ERL fines/fees may be paid at the ERL Circulation desk using funds added to your GrizzID or by check; no cash payments allowed.
- If you pay a fine after 5 p.m., 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.
- 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.
- Please allow up to 3 business days for payments to be processed.
- The ERL cannot accept payment for Kresge Library charges – ONLY fines/fees for ERL materials.
In order that we may best serve your needs, we encourage you to plan ahead.
If library fines reach $15, checkout of ERL materials will be blocked and a hold will be placed on your Oakland University account until fines have been paid. The hold on a University account results in the inability to register for classes, receive your diploma or order transcripts.
Payments made after 5 p.m. on days the ERL is open will be processed the next business day. Accounts that have a hold placed can be cleared only during regular business hours. Our student employees do not have authority to override the computer system or access personal patron records.
If you have issues or concerns, please contact an ERL staff member at (248) 370-2485 during business hours.
- Oakland University faculty, staff and students may borrow circulating library materials. Borrowers must have their OU ID with them to borrow materials.
- Oakland University alumni have borrowing privileges. (See Kresge’s Alumni information page).
- Graduate students working on their dissertations but not currently enrolled need to make special arrangements with ERL staff to borrow materials.
- Continuing Education students are eligible for a Guest Library Card.
Individuals not affiliated with Oakland University, please see guest card policies below.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 and obtain guest authorization to use library computers by presenting a current photo ID to a staff member.
To discuss borrowing materials that differ from our circulation policies, or to borrow laptops or other materials that require the attention of staff, please make sure to consult us during business hours: Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Call the ERL at 248-370-2485 to confirm hours of operation.) Our student workers do not have authority to override the computer system or access personal patron records.
Individuals may apply to purchase a Guest Library Card at the Circulation Desk of either the ERL or Kresge Library. Your guest card will be honored at both facilities. The following ERL privileges are granted to guest cardholders:
- Guest cardholders may check out up to 5 books at one time.
- Guests may not check out regularly non-circulating items, technology, peripherals, manipulatives, award books or theses.
- For regular collection books: a loan period of 3 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.