Current Page Path
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.
A general guide to how to use the Biological Station Library can be found in our LibGuides.
Here are tutorials for some of the most popular databases used at the Biological Station.
There are also handouts available on the map case across from the reference desk that will guide you through the various resources that the library has to offer. Feel free to take one.
- 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