Bizzell Memorial Library is located in the center of campus, east of the clock tower. Resources and services available to students, faculty and staff include:
- Research help
- Textbooks on Reserve
- Computer workstations
- Technology lending
- Quiet and group study spaces
The Learning Lab is located on Lower Level 1 in Bizzell Memorial Library next to the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center. In the Learning Lab, OU students have access to collaborative and individual study spaces as well as assistance from other campus services that support student success such as OU Writing Center and UC Action.
The Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center is a technology enabled, collaborative space where students can work together in groups. In this space, students can learn to create information, to explore it visually, and to synthesize it in new and different ways. Visit the Bookmark Café to grab a cup of coffee, and talk with a professor, colleague, or with friends.
Located on Lower Level 2 of Bizzell Memorial Library, the Zarrow Family Faculty & Graduate Student Center is a space dedicated to supporting the research and teaching needs of OU faculty and graduate students in a central campus location. The Zarrow Family Faculty & Graduate Student Center recognizes the library is essential to discovery and creative interaction among faculty and graduate students and enables members of the academic community to use the wide variety of information resources creatively, analytically, and critically in pursuit of educational goals and academic pursuits.
A valid and functional OU ID is needed to access most areas in the Zarrow Family Faculty & Graduate Student Center, as access is limited to faculty and graduate students. Public access to the lobby and Oklahoma Canyon Garden is available.
The Loveridge Computer Lab is located on the main floor of Bizzell Memorial Library, next to the West entrance and across from the main Circulation Desk. A number of computers are available for OU students, staff, and faculty; additionally, customers not affiliated with OU can request a guest log-in from the computer lab staff. A variety of software is available for all users. Multiple scanners and printers are also available in this lab. Also in the Computer Lab, research assistance is available at the Research Help Desk.
Library MakerSpace is a flexible experimentation and innovation space that provides access to the latest tools used in research, instruction and knowledge creation, including 3D printing tools, custom virtual reality workstations, software and data skill development and microelectronics kits. Any member of the OU community, from any field, is free to prototype concepts or fly-through 3D data sets in this centrally located makerspace in the Bizzell Memorial Library in room 126.
Consultations @ OU Libraries supports collaborative, cross- disciplinary research using emerging technologies. Through workshops, consultation, and training, the Digital Scholarship Specialist helps faculty and graduate students identify innovative digital tools and resources that build on traditional research and teaching methods.
The Data Services Unit (formerly DAVIS) supports OU community members with their data needs. Consult with specialists and graduate assistants who are familiar with working with data, including management, analysis and visualization. With the ability to ask questions and receive guidance, Data Services is the focal point to help faculty, researchers, and students work with their data.
Located in the original library, the beautifully decorated Evelyena D. Honeymon Anteroom is a spectacular entryway to the Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading Room. This architectural masterpiece is a favorite student study place. The walls are lined with beautiful carved bookcases that hold theses and dissertations of OU graduates and the ceiling features intricately carved angels. The room has 210 chairs at 28 tables.
Visit the friendly baristas at the Bookmark Café located on Lower Level 1 of Bizzell Memorial Library. The Café features a variety of coffee beverages including Starbucks coffees and teas, pastries, bagels, fruit, and Cow on the Fly items. During regular semester hours, the Café is open until 1 am Monday - Thursday.
Nursing mothers are welcome to utilize Room 127 on the main floor for expressing breast milk or for nursing their child in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. The room features a pumping workstation, comfortable chair, and basic amenities. Users need to make arrangements to use the room by filling out this form.
Many Bibles in the Bizzell Collection are significant cultural artifacts, testifying to historical and political events and the history of printing, as well as the cultural heritage of devout peoples. Many are also works of art, reflecting the skill and artistry of master craftsmen. Elegant typeface, tooled leather binding, fore-edge painting, and woodcut illustrations (some from designs by Hans Holbein the Younger) attest to the fine workmanship exhibited in these Bibles.
The History of Science Collections, located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library, is a premier research collection in its field. Holdings of nearly 100,000 volumes from every field and subject area of science, technology and medicine range chronologically from Hrabanus Maurus, Opus de universo (1467) to current publications in the history of science. The Darwin collection illustrates the capacity of the holdings to support research: it consists of all of Darwin’s works in their first editions and several autograph letters. In addition, it includes hundreds of subsequent editions and translations (for example, the Descent of Man in Yiddish, 1928). These rare works, along with current works about Darwin, are all shelved together in the same area to facilitate browsing and research.
The John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections are comprised of rare books and special materials in English, European, and American literatures dating from the 15th century to the present. A collection of general rare books, including several incunables, and a Bible collection complement the focal literature collections. These collections offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as literary studies, the history of printing, and religion. The collections are open by appointment.
The Harry W. Bass Business History Collection contains books, microforms, videos and journals on a number of topics including the histories of business leaders and firms and the economic, social and political forces that influence the role of business in society. In addition to a number of general reference items, the Collection houses close to 2000 rare books as well as manuscripts including the archives of J. and W. Seligman Company. The Bass Collection also holds the publications from the Retail Intelligence System (formerly known as Management Horizons). Our most recent acquisition is the Robert Kahn Collection on Retailing History.
The OU Libraries Chinese Literature Translation Archive provides students and scholars with a wide range of rare books, reference materials, translation drafts, correspondence, notes, ephemera, and other historical materials that provide context for Western readers to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese literature. The archive currently houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents from some of the greatest translators of modern Chinese literature in the West including Howard Goldblatt, Wolfgang Kubin, Wai-lim Yip and the "William Bikales and Margaret Eliot Grady Collection" of Arthur Waley.
The mission of the archive is to improve the material conditions for translation students and for comparative and world literature by providing the materials necessary for historically informed research supported by the richly textured intellectual environments within which translation takes place.
The Daniel J. & Ruth F. Boorstin Collection is used for quiet study and reading books from the collection. The facilities for Boorstin Collection were made possible by a generous gift from ConocoPhillips Inc.
Patrons have access to Windows and Apple computers. The computers come with a variety of software applications that are available to students.
Copy machines are available throughout the library. Patrons have access to scan and produce copies of documents using the copy machines.
iPads are available for checkout for instructors and students. iPads are a mobile computing tablet that have touch screen qualities of a smartphone and the qualities of a laptop.
Laptops are available in Windows or Apple options. These devices are portable and come with a variety of software applications.
Printers are available for instructors and students throughout the library. The printers can be used to print documents by accessing a library computer that is wirelessly connected to the device.
Scanners are generally located in computer stations in the library. The flatbed scanners are a great way to scan and deliver documents through a computer.
Wi-Fi access is available in all rooms of the library. Instructors and students can access the internet by wirelessly connecting to the University's wi-fi network.