The mission of the J.D. McKean Library of Oral Roberts University is to foster learning, scholarship, and a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, and external constituents. Library faculty and staff play a crucial role in supporting education, research, and lifelong learning by curating and providing access to a wide range of information resources and by empowering users with the skills needed to navigate and utilize these resources effectively and ethically.

Why You Need the Library to Succeed Academically: Faculty Insights

opens new windowDr. William Ranahan

Dr. William Ranahan, cancer researcher and chair of the ORU Biology and Chemistry Department, shares his advice to students about research in the library.

opens new windowDr. Angela Watson

Dr. Angela Watson, associate professor in the ORU Behavioral Sciences Department, encourages students to use library resources for their coursework.

Research shows that students who use the library more frequently earn better grades.

Anderson, L. L., & García, S. A. V. (2020). Library usage, instruction, and student success across disciplines: A multilevel model approach. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 459-491.

Library Search Tools

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opens new windowEagleSearch

Search for books, articles, and more... EagleSearch searches most ORU Library content at once and includes results from both print and electronic resources. For search tips, view this opens new windowvideo tutorial.

opens new window Library Catalog

Search for books, ebooks, periodicals, DVDs, audiobooks and other media housed in the library.

For search tips, view this video tutorial.

opens new windowJournal Finder+

Find periodicals (including journals, magazines and newspapers) available in print or online through the ORU Library. Search by periodical title. For search tips, view this opens new windowvideo tutorial.

Library Databases

The library licenses nearly 200 databases and provides links to many open source databases. These databases provide current students, faculty, and staff with 24/7 access to online resources including

  • periodicals, including magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals
  • ebooks
  • streaming videos
  • special reports, data, and statistics
  • downloadable audiobooks


Library Services

Research Assistance

Librarians are available for help and advice on research and access to library resources and services during all hours the library is open. Service is available in person, by phone, text, chat, video conference, or email. Librarians are also available by appointment for research consultations.

Borrowing student borrowing book

Current students, faculty, and staff of ORU can check out circulating books and media from the library. Lending periods vary.

Course Reserves and Library Reserves

The Reserve collection consists of books, audiovisuals, tests, short articles, and other items placed on reserve for student use in conjunction with courses offered at ORU.

Library Instruction

Interlibrary Loan

Students and faculty may request books and articles not owned by the ORU library.


Library Guides and Tutorials

Learn more about using library tools such as the library catalog and databases by viewing library tutorials.

Find recommended sources, search strategy suggestions, tips on citing sources and more by viewing these library subject and course guides.