The University of Michigan Library is one of the outstanding research libraries in the country. Our extraordinary collections include more than 8.5 million volumes and ranges from papyri to maps to rare anarchist pamphlets to thousands of online resources. Our collection has been amassed over more than 150 years to provide vast resources that support the scholarly enterprise.
Encompassing mutiple library locations on the Ann Arbor campus, the University of Michigan Library has played a key role in shaping the academic excellence of the university. The overarching mission of the Library is to support the research and scholarship of our students and faculty. How we set out to achieve that mission evolves with technology, cultural shifts, and the changing needs of our faculty, students and researchers, but the underlying goals stay the same. In recent years, many non-traditional activities that support scholarship have begun to fit comfortably under the Library's leadership, including publishing, technology instruction, copyright advocacy, and software development.
The Library puts a special emphasis on providing new models to create wider awareness of our resources and access to our materials. Faculty explore new models for teaching and scholarly literacy in the digital knowledge environment in workshops, during one-on-one consultations, and through course-integrated instruction. Students benefit from online and in-person expertise that helps them navigate an ever-growing information environment. Digital formats make it possible for content to be translated in ways that revolutionize access to information for the disabled.
With a strong focus on community engagement, the Library has increasingly become a gathering place for the enrichment of the intellectual, educational and cultural life of the University of Michigan campus and the larger community. For example, the Taubman Health Sciences Library partners with local and regional entities to bring health information and resources to the community, while programs in the Hatcher Library Gallery, featuring guest speakers, film series, exhibits, and musical events, generate lively discourse around important issues that reflect the dynamic nature of the University's culture of scholarship.
We encourage you to visit us online or on site to discover the intellectual variety of your Library!