Maida Alumni Library Inside

Maida Alumni Library Inside

The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is located in Orchard Lake, Michigan. The Library serves the students of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and St. Mary’s Preparatory as well as the clients of the Polish Mission.

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library

The library is also home to a collection entirely in Polish on a number of topics and is also home to a rare book collection that focuses on Poland and Polonia.

Library Collections

Library Collections

The library has more than 96,000 volumes and 150 subscriptions to academic journals. The library is also a part of OCLC.

Special Events & Exhibits

Special Events & Exhibits

This Web site is intended to inform our community of developments and emerging models for the creation, sharing, publishing, and archiving of scholarship. We will regularly update the site with information about developing issues, policy debates, tools you can use, and proposed models.

Polish & Rare Books

Polish & Rare Books

The library’s Rare Book Room houses Polish-language books published before 1946, and books in other languages which are considered Rare because of age, subject matter, fragility, or provenance.

Individualized Research

Individualized Research

We also accept appointments for more in-depth individualized research needs. Please call or email the library if you wish to have extended one-on-one time with a librarian.

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Forbidden Art comes to Orchard Lake, August 17-31




We are extremely happy that for the first time in OLS history, The Polish Mission is hosting the WORLD premier of this first-of-it’s kind exhibition from the world’s most recognizable authority on Poland’s tragic history during WWII.  After two years of planning, the 20-panel exhibition has been created to showcase the powerful history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site through the eyes of prisoner-artists, allowing for an unprecedented view of the past through the intimacy of the artist’s touch.

As the exclusive North American partner with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (A-BSM), The Polish Mission has created a tour across the United States for Forbidden Art.

Please join us as we celebrate a new milestone for our community, and


Passing of Rev. Msgr. Walter Joseph Ziemba, Ph.D.


Passing of Rev. Msgr. Walter Joseph Ziemba, Ph.D.

Rector-President-Superintendent of the Orchard Lake Schools (1967-1977)

Born November 26, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan,

The son of Thomas and Sophia (Sosnowski) Ziemba


ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. (6-8-12) – The Orchard Lake Schools have lost one of its greatest leaders.  Msgr. Walter Ziemba passed into eternal life on Friday, June 8, 2012, in Petoskey, Michigan.  Msgr. Ziemba had been on the Schools’ campus for 68 years.  He graduated from St. Hyacinth Grade School in Detroit; graduated with highest honors from St. Mary’s Preparatory at Orchard Lake (Class of 1944) and St. Mary’s College in 1947.  He was appointed to the Orchard Lake Schools’ faculty in 1951, and was rector-president-superintendent of the Schools from 1967-1977.  He retired in 1996.  Msgr. Ziemba spent all 61 years of his priestly life assigned to the Orchard Lake Schools.


A native of Detroit’s east side, Msgr. Ziemba, 85, was ordained in 1951 for the Archdiocese of Detroit.  In 1966, he was awarded a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.  Msgr. Ziemba served numerous positions on the faculty and in administration, including teaching in the Seminary, college, prep, librarian, dean of St. Mary’s College, executive secretary of the alumni association, director of the Friends of Orchard Lake, secretary-general of the Orchard Lake Schools, charter member of Founder’s Day, and director of the Pope John Paul II Center.


During his tenure as CEO of the Schools, Msgr. Ziemba founded the Center for Polish Studies and Culture, the Center for Pastoral Studies, the Polish American Liturgical Center and the Orchard Lake Ambassadors.  He hosted visits by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla–Pope John Paul II- to the campus in 1969 and 1976, and served as translator-interpreter for the cardinal’s visits to other areas of the United States.


In 1971, Msgr. Ziemba and Edward Piszek, then president-owner of Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens, inaugurated “Project:  POLE,” a $500,000 nation-wide public relations campaign to promote a positive image of Polish culture and heritage.


Major construction projects included a $2.1 million residence hall in 1971 and, two years later, a fieldhouse donated by alumnus Robert Dombrowski.  In 2001, Msgr. Ziemba was awarded the 2001 Fidelitas Medal for “fidelity in serving God and country through the realization of the religious and cultural ideals of the forefathers” of the Orchard Lake Schools.  He shared the honor with his schoolmate and lifetime friend, Msgr. Stanley E. Milewski.


Among Msgr. Ziemba’s publications, he translated the prison notes of Cardinal Stephen Wyszynski titled A Freedom Within, for which he received the Christopher Award, wrote several books of poetry and numerous articles about the Orchard Lake Schools and the American Polonia.


Msgr. Ziemba will lie in repose in the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, Sunday, June 10, 12:00pm through 9:00pm and Monday, June 11, 1:00pm through 9:00pm.  The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 12 at 11:00am at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake.  Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery


Library Training – Monday, June 11


The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will close at 12:00 pm on Monday, June 11 for off-site training.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, June 12.

Thank you – the Library Team



Polish Mission hosts luncheon for Dr. Berska at Library


On Wednesday, April 18th, Dr. Barbara Berska, Deputy Director-General of the National Archives of Poland will be here for a very brief visit.  An exclusive luncheon and presentation will be held in the library, at 2 pm by Marcin Chumiecki and the Polish Mission to discuss the future of the National Archives and the preservation of artifacts.

In honor of Dr. Berska’s visit, the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will close at 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your patience.  We will resume normal business hours, Thursday, April 19, 2012.




Seek and ye shall find – April 9-13th @ SSCMS Academic Advising


Have a calling?  Aren’t quite sure and you don’t know who to ask?  If you have questions about religious education, please ask any and all questions during SS. Cyril & Methodius’ Academic Advising and Registration period.  Current Lay Ministry students can clarify their path during this period and new students can learn about the possibilities of their mission.  New students are always welcome.

For more information about Lay Ministry, please call Sr. Karen Shirilla @ 248.683.0312 or access our website

God Bless you on this exciting journey!