The scientific collections of the University of Michigan Library are a valuable resource for students as well as for working scientists. Particular emphasis is given to Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Natural Resources, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. The library owns well over 2,000 scientific journal titles, hundreds of databases, and more than 400,000 print volumes.
Most print scientific literature is collected by the Shapiro Science Library, but the collections of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library and the Taubman Health Sciences Library contain extensive technical literature as well. The library also maintains specialized research collections for the University's natural history museums (including Anthropology, Exhibits, Paleontology, Zoology and the University Herbarium) and the Biological Station. Much of the journal literature, including historical content, is available in digital format, allowing our users to work wherever is most convenient for them. While Mirlyn provides complete holdings information for our print and electronic resources, many users prefer the convenience of our electronic journals lists.
There are several ways to search the library’s scientific resources. View a full list of scientific databases, perform a quick search using multiple databases, or browse library resources by subject area. Science Library staff have created a number of guides and tutorials to help you get started with your research. For help using science resources, contact Ask A Librarian or email the relevant subject librarian. The Science Library also provides research consultations for in-depth assistance with your research project.
The loan period for Science Library books is one academic term for faculty, graduate students and staff, and three weeks for undergraduates. Journals and most Masters Theses do not circulate. For more information about loan periods and circulation policies, please see our borrowing and circulation page.