Photo of the Hatcher Graduate Library Reading Room.

Services for Graduate Students


The University of Michigan catalog, Mirlyn, indicates all the materials (books, journals, datafiles, CDs, etc.) that the University Library owns. Several libraries on campus are represented in the catalog, with the exceptions of the administratively separate Law Library and Kresge Business Administration Library. The Library provides thousands of resources online, such as full-text journals, books and citation databases. To find out what databases we have and to find citations to journal articles, use Search Tools. New graduate students might want to review our detailed guide as a way to get oriented to the Library.


With a valid MCard, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) with current appointments and Research Assistants with a GEO contract are eligible for faculty-level borrowing privileges. Doctorial candidates who have fulfilled requirements except the completion of the dissertation ("detached study") may have their library privileges extended. Details are posted at Loan periods vary by library, but typically graduate students may borrow books for an entire term. There is no limit on the number of books you may borrow. Please see the Kresge Business Administration Library and the Law Library web sites for information on who is eligible to borrow from those collections.

If we don't have want you need in the collections, you can borrow library materials from other institutions. Currently registered U-M graduate students from U-M Ann Arbor, U-M Dearborn, and U-M Flint are eligible to borrow from any of these three libraries. In addition, Graduate Students from the three Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT) institutions, U-M, MSU, and WSU, can receive guest-borrowing privileges at any of the MRLT universities. You may also be eligible to receive borrowing privileges from CIC institutions (Big Ten schools plus University of Chicago).  And, finally, you can make use of the Interlibrary Loan service which attempts to locate library materials from other institutions and borrows them on your behalf. Please note that Law School students should contact the Law Library for interlibrary services.

Getting Help with Library Research

Most new graduate students can be overwhelmed by the complexity and the enormity of the University Library system. To help you prepare to use the services and resources of the University Library, we recommend that you review our subject- or discipline-based guides which can help you navigate the library system and our rich resources.

In addition to expert reference and research assistance at the various library locations, the University Library provides email and instant message reference services during most of the calendar year. But we especially want to encourage you to contact the librarian subject specialist for a consultation appointment to learn about the resources and research strategies available to your field of study.

Technology Support

For assistance with technologies in support of your research, the Knowledge Navigation Center staff can assist you, either by appointment or drop-in. The Faculty Exploratory is another resource which offers workshops to Graduate Students, ranging from citation management tools to image and text scanning applications. The TechDeck, located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library, offers poster-size printing.

Hatcher Graduate Library Study Carrels

Doctoral candidates and faculty members may apply for a private study carrel in the Hatcher Graduate Library. 

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Last modified: 02/24/2015