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Please use Mirlyn to search the complete holdings of the UM Libraries.
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 Much of the journal literature, including historical content, is available in digital format, allowing our users to work wherever is most convenient for them.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 Shapiro Circulation.
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
- Chemical Engineering
The second floor contains all of the Library of Congress classified books (the call number begins with letters instead of numbers.) The only exception to this are the reference books which are found on the first floor. The upstairs tends to have the more recent titles. There are also two chairs which provide a beautiful view of Douglas Lake out the front windows. An ideal place to study on a hot day!
The library collection at UMBS dates back to the beginning of the Biological Station (1909) and includes volumes from the 1800s and is continually updated with new titles. The collection is primarly dedicated to natural history and the biological sciences, however it does include small collections in such diverse areas as photography, literature, and anthropology. With over 10,000 volumes this makes it one of the best field station libraries in the world.
Along with the volumes we store at the library, researchers and students have access to the complete electronic catalog through University of Michigan Libraries.
- Book Purchase Request Form - Submit a request for titles not currently owned by Library that would be beneficial to Biological Station research
- Interlibrary Loan - Request a title not available here from UM Library ILL department
- Library Instruction - A description of the various instructional services available to those living at UMBS
- Library Outages- Information about database and service outages as well as a form to report outages experienced
- Mirlyn: Library Catalog - Search the UM catalog to find book and journal titles
- Electronic Journals & Newspapers - a list of the various journals and newspapers that UM has electronic access to
- Search Tools - Databases - access point for all the databases UM subscribes to
- Search Tools - Science Databases - a more specific list of databases that pertain to scientific research
- Deep Blue - UM institutional repository, a database of research done by UM students and faculty
- Biological Station Research Guide - a tutorial for the Biological Station Library as well as links to resources commonly used by researchers at UMBS