Photo of the reference desk at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library

Services for Undergraduate Students

While the University Library consists of many libraries and vast collections, undergraduates exploring academic research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences for the first time find that the best place to start is at the Shapiro Library. Most undergraduate library research consists of finding books, finding journal articles and finding course reserve materials. To find what books (and journals subscriptions, datafiles, CDs, etc.) that the University Library owns, connect to the library catalog, Mirlyn. To find out what databases we have and to find citations to scholarly articles, use Search Tools.

See the Shapiro Library's Information for Students page for additional helpful information.

Important Quick Links:

How to Check Out Library Materials:

All undergraduates need a current MCard to borrow materials from University Library locations. Books from the Shapiro Library can be checked out for three weeks and can be "renewed" (checked out again) once. There is no limit on the number of books you may borrow.

How to Get Course Reserves:

See Course Reserves for details.

How to Get Library Materials Not Available at U-M:

Because you are affiliated with U-M, you can borrow library materials not owned by the University Library system from other institutions. You can make use of the free Interlibrary Loan service which attempts to locate library materials from other institutions and borrows them on your behalf.

How to Get Help With Your Research:

To help you prepare to use the services and resources of the University Library, we recommend that you review our online research tutorial called Searchpath. This research tutorial will give you a good foundation for finding books and articles. In addition, many libraries on campus have important FAQs and subject- or discipline-based guides which can help you navigate the library system and our rich resources. See the Shapiro Library's Assignment Assistant and Citation Style Guides for more helpful information.

In addition to expert reference and research assistance at the various library locations, the University Library provides instant messaging, texting and email reference services throughout the calendar year via the Ask a Librarian service. But we especially want to encourage undergraduate students to talk to with our expertly trained reference staff at the reference desk.

How to Connect to Library Resources from Off-campus:

Off campus access to library online resources is available to currently enrolled U-M undergraduate students with a valid U-M login. See Off-Campus Access for details.

Library Computing Information:

See Computing at the Library for details.

How to Get Copies of Library Materials:

You use your MCard at all library photocopiers. See Copy Services page for details.

How to Print in the Library:

All printing done on the printers at the University Libraries is either charged to your ITS account or is paid for using your MCard. 

Where the Study Spaces Are:

See the Study Spaces page for details.

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Last modified: 05/05/2015