Academic Resources

Follow the links on the left and below to learn about the many people and resources available at Northern to assist you in your studies and meet any special needs you may have. See the current students page for more helpful campus links.

Academic Information Services

Academic Information Services includes the Lydia Olson Library, Academic Computing Services, University Archives and Instructional Design and Technology.

Lydia Olson Library
The Lydia Olson Library contains books and journals and provides access to numerous databases. As a depository for U.S. and Michigan government publications, Olson Library houses government documents and a map collection. The juvenile/young adult collection also has textbooks and media supporting teacher education. The library facilities include wired and wireless network access for students’ notebook computers, study areas, conference rooms, photocopy machines, microform printers, audiovisual and multimedia equipment.

Librarians offer personal guidance in the use of the online catalog, indexes, abstracts, reference sources, online databases and Internet sources. Students are encouraged to seek assistance in accessing and evaluating the many resources available. Library tours and instructional presentations are offered to help students become familiar with the library and information resources and to help them develop their research skills.

Academic Computing Services (ACS)
Staff in Academic Computing Services provides support to students and faculty for general computing needs. Classroom and lab facilities are available, and the Help Desk offers technical and software support for mobile devices.

Archives - Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives are under the direction of a professional archivist who manages the records of the university, and collects, organizes, preserves and encourages the use of historical materials relating to NMU and the central Upper Peninsula.


Writing Center

The Writing Center’s mission is to aid NMU students in improving their writing skills. The Writing Center therefore employs accomplished undergraduate student-writers to provide free, one-on-one tutoring sessions and online tutoring for all forms of writing. The Writing Center can aid students in everything from brainstorming to revising no matter if the student is a beginning writer or experienced. Overall, the Writing Center works with the English Department to promote clear self-expression and to prepare students for their encounters with writing.