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Services for Alumni

Access to most library services and resources is restricted to currently enrolled students, staff and faculty, as well as researchers located on the Ann Arbor campus.  U-M alumni may purchase a borrowing card that allows checkout of print library materials, but does not provide any off-campus access to licensed electronic resources.  Please note, however, that the U-M Alumni Association offers off-campus access to selected online resources licensed by the library as one benefit of dues-paying association memberships.  For details about this association benefit, see the Alumni Association web site. Ross School alumni should view the Kresge Library web page for available online resources

Any individual may access the University Library facilities and collections on site. (Please see building and service hours for specifics.)  The Law Library welcomes researchers who need to use the Library’s resources.  See the library's access policy for details.

Borrowing Information

Those University of Michigan – Flint and University of Michigan – Dearborn alumni who want to borrow library materials from the Ann Arbor University Library system should contact the Hatcher Graduate Library Circulation Services. For Flint and Dearborn library borrowing privileges, contact the library circulation staff at those libraries. Please note, however, that only University of Michigan-Dearborn alumni are eligible for the Dearborn alumni cards. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor alumni who wish to borrow materials from the Dearborn library must purchase a guest card.

Alumni may borrow most University Library materials for three weeks. However, borrowing periods and renewal polices vary by campus library, so please check with circulation staff in those libraries for details. Materials checked out at any University Library can be returned to any other library in the system. For your convenience, there are two return drop boxes that are accessible from a car. One is at the Shapiro Library, accessible from the driveway that runs between the Clements and Shapiro Libraries. The other is on North Campus, located in the circular driveway at the front of Pierpont Commons.

You can extend the borrowing period for a book you have checked out via your Mirlyn account, after a successful login. See these instructions for renewing your books via Mirlyn. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if you keep book longer than 30 days or more beyond its due date, or if a recalled item is one day overdue. Privileges will be restored only after the item has been returned.

Borrowing Items from Other (non-U-M) Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Because an alumni borrowing card does not include Interlibrary Loan privileges via the University Library's services, we suggest that you visit your public library or any other library where you have full borrowing privileges to request books from other libraries that the University of Michigan does not own, for your local use.

Reference Services:

As part of the University Library's mission to assist researchers with their questions regarding the collections, resources and services of the University of Michigan libraries, U-M alumni are encouraged to contact the various reference services for assistance, either in person, via phone, via email, or via instant message. University Library reference staff and subject specialists are happy to help you use our collections and resources. If you need assistance with your research when reference services are not available, please feel free to browse the library's subject-based and how-to guides for ideas and resource suggestions. Please note: if you have questions about U-M yearbooks, past U-M course descriptions, or U-M photographs, please contact the Bentley Historical Library, the official U-M archive on campus.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources:

While all U-M alumni are eligible to purchase University Library borrowing privileges at a discounted rate, off-campus access to licensed online resources is not included in those privileges. If you are able to visit any of the libraries within the University Library system in person, you can access most of the online resources from within that library building.

It is important to note that many of the library's licensed databases are also offered to all residents of the state of Michigan through the Michigan eLibrary. With a valid Michigan driver's license, a state ID number, or a library card number issued from a public library in the state, U-M alumni who reside in Michigan can access many databases remotely.

For those U-M alumni located in other states, we suggest that you contact your local public or academic library for information on online resources that may be available to you. 

Photocopying & Printing in the Libraries:

All the University Libraries have self-service photocopiers. See the Copy Services page for further details.

As a guest, you can print to selected printers, using a copy card. See the Computing at the Library page for details.

Giving to the University Library:

The University Library gratefully accepts donations and gifts from U-M alumni. If you are interested in showing your support of the University Library, please contact the University Library Development Office.

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Last modified: 07/15/2015