The primary means of locating books is via Mirlyn, the University Library's online catalog.
You can always ask a reference librarian for assistance in finding what you need, so don't hesitate to contact someone if you would like help!
Books at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library are located in the lower level (basement), 2nd floor and 3rd floor based on call number:
- 3rd floor: A - N
- 2nd floor: NA - PZ
- Basement: Q - Z
Books that are in other locations will be identified as such in Mirlyn.
If a book is not shelved in its correct location, please fill out a search request.
Books may be checked out as per our borrowing policy. Note that some books (e.g. books in the reference collection) do not circulate and must be used in the library.
Books which are checked out by other patrons may be recalled.
Books at Other U-M Libraries
You can have books from other library locations (including Buhr) transfered to the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library using the Library to Library Delivery service; Click on the "Get This" button in Mirlyn (within item record).
(It generally can take up to one business day for books to be transfered via L2L. If you need a book sooner, we recommend that you go directly to the owning library. You can find information about a library by going to our list of libraries and departments and clicking on the appropriate library.)
Faculty may use the 7Fast document delivery service to have books delivered to their office.
Other delivery services are available.
The University Library has selected books available in electronic format. Available books can be found and linked to via Mirlyn.
What to Do When We Don't Have a Book
While the University Library system has one of the largest research collections in the world, we don't have everything.
If we don't own a book, we will try to get a copy of the book from another library; we offer an Interlibrary Loan service to borrow materials from outside the UM. This service is available to UM-Ann Arbor students, faculty, and staff.
(If you wish to look on your own for other libraries that may have a particular book, you can use WorldCat.)