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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 Much of the journal literature, including historical content, is available in digital format, allowing our users to work wherever is most convenient for them.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.
Designed to provide space for meetings and conferences, the Turkish-American Friendship Room serves as the main conference room for Science Library personnel. The room is also intended for use by science department personnel (e.g. faculty, researchers,) and UM Library personnel.
Other campus departments may reserve the room as scheduling permits. The room is not available for classes, as a study area, or for student use; other rooms and areas at the Science Library are designed for those purposes. For reservations, please contact Shannon Szalay (firstname.lastname@example.org). Users should read the full policy for use of the Turkish-American Friendship Room before making a reservation.
The connector to the Graduate Library is located in the northwest corner of the third floor, down the hall from the Current Periodicals Room and the library's Display Area. This connector leads to the second floor of the Graduate Library (South) and is open whenever both libraries are open. See the Library Hours page for more information.
Welcome to the Shapiro Science Library!
The Shapiro Science Library is one of the largest science libraries in the country with over 400,000 print volumes and numerous electronic resources available. These include e-Journals, research databases (such as Web of Science and Beilstein/Gmelin) and online research guides. The Library supports research and teaching in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, natural resources, physics, and statistics. It occupies the 3rd and 4th floors of the Shapiro Library Building, centrally located on campus (Map of central campus location of the Science Library).
This Virtual Tour will help you get acquainted with the facility and our available resources and services. Each floor of the Science Library, in addition to the items and facilities located on each tour stop, has public restrooms and drinking fountains available.
Please click the arrow to begin the tour, or go directly to the location that interests you using the links below.
Third Floor Stops
- Computer Islands
- Current Journals Reading Room
- New Books Area
- Science Covers Project
- Display Area
- Faculty Study Room
- Group Study Rooms
- Bibliographic Support
- Study Spaces - 3rd Floor
- Campus Phone
- Master's Thesis Collection
- Bound Journal Collection
- Connector to the Hatcher Graduate Library
- 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.