The University Library system has a primary mission to support the educational, teaching, research, and administrative needs of the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Michigan. The collections are also accessible to others whose information needs require these resources. Policies governing the use of the facilities and collections reflect this mission.
Library staff are committed to maintaining a quality study and research environment, protecting the rights of users and sustaining the integrity of collections. In addition to policies and procedures noted below, University-wide policies or civil laws related to facilities or collection vandalism apply. Facility-specific policies may be obtained from individual libraries.
Any individual may have access to University Library facilities to use general stack collections, space and resources permitting. Due to the specialized nature or fragility of some materials, use of some special collections may be governed by more restrictive policies. Please consult with staff in relevant areas.
Most library facilities are open to the general public during regular hours. Any library open after midnight is accessible to only U-M students, faculty, and staff with valid MCards.
Reference services to assist in accessing the collections are also available to any individual. Service is available both on-site and online.
Carrels, Learning and Teaching Spaces, and Group Study Rooms
These facilities are generally available only to members of the campus community, except by special arrangement. Several library facilities have study carrels for individual use. Members of the campus community may consult the appropriate circulation desk for procedures for reserving these carrels.
Learning and Teaching facilities in some campus libraries are available for class use related to library instruction. Consult library administrative staff concerning availability.
Group study space in some campus libraries may be reserved by consulting the library's circulation staff. Generally, these facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In order to maintain a quality study and research environment, we ask that individuals exercise sensitivity to other users. Individuals who wish to engage in discussion are encouraged to request group study rooms where available. Phone conversations should be conducted away from study and research areas; pagers and cell phones should be muted while in the library.
Destruction or Mutilation of Library Materials
Any person who shall willfully, maliciously, or wantonly mutilate, deface, tear, write upon, mar, or injure any library material or facility may be subjected to loss of library privileges, to appropriate administrative action within the University, and to prosecution under State law.
In the event of fire, tornados, or other emergency situations, library staff will alert building occupants to the procedures for evacuation or taking shelter.
Requests for events to be held within a library facility should be directed to the appropriate library's administrative staff.
Individuals who wish to film or photograph within a library facility must obtain the permission of the relevant library's administrative staff. Such requests will be accommodated only if there is minimal impact on the environment for research and study.
Food and Drink
Food is permitted in study areas, if food items are handled with regard to the safety of library materials and the cleanliness of library facilities.
Non-alcoholic beverages in closed containers (thermoses, travel mugs, bottled water or soft drinks, etc.) are permitted in most areas of the University Library.
No food or beverage is permitted in Special Collections (and special collections or archives in any University Library), Papyrology, and the Map Library.
Literature Distribution, Solicitation
Display of posters, distribution of flyers, or solicitation is prohibited except in designated areas or with the permission of the head of the relevant library unit.
In cooperation with appropriate University departments, the library tries to provide a welcome, open environment that is safe and secure for everyone. All library buildings are open to the public, and thefts do occur; users should not leave personal belongings unattended.
Campus security phones are conveniently located throughout the libraries. Staff or users are encouraged to call the Department of Public Safety (911) in an emergency. Library staff should be alerted if users feel threatened or otherwise uncomfortable in the library.
In order to ensure the safety of users and belongings, sleeping is not permitted in the library.
In accordance with the campus-wide Smoke-Free initiative and University regulations, library facilities and the surrounding campus areas are non-smoking environments. Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is not permitted in the library.
Some areas within library facilities serve users with specific collection needs. Priority seating in these areas may be given to those individuals who are our primary clientele using these collections and services.
Questions concerning library facilities may be directed to the relevant library's administrative staff, found under "Staff Listing" on that library's main page, or to Rebecca Dunkle, Associate University Librarian for Operations (734-936-2379).
Failure to comply with these policies may result in limitation of access to library facilities.