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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 instrctional 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
- Guides & Tutorials - Biological Station - a tutorial for the Biological Station Library as well as links to resources commonly used by researchers at UMBS
The Biological Station Library has a collection of over 10,000 volumes and serves the students, faculty, and researchers who come here to utilize the facilities of the University of Michigan Biological Station. The Library also has access to all the electronic resources available through University of Michigan Library system.
Floor Plans of the Biological Station Library
- Librarian's desk
- Current Unbound Periodicals
- Book/Journal Stacks (Dewey Decimal collection continued)
- Atlas, Oversize, & Reference Collections
- Map Cabinets
- Computer Access Stations
- Course Reserve Tables
- Reprint Files
- Cage (secured cabinet for Special Collections)
- Microfiche Readers
The annex of the library contains most of the items classified with Dewey classification numbers. (This means that the call number begins with a number instead of a letter). This room also contains the oldest part of the collection of the library, with titles going back to the 1800s.
- Laptop with internet access
- New Books shelves
- Book/journal stacks (Dewey Decimal collection)
The second floor houses all the books, aside from the reference collection, that are categorized with LC call numbers. (This means that the call numbers begin with letters as opposed to numbers). This area contains most of the newer books of the collection.
- Book/journal stacks (Library of Congress [LC])
- Seating for private study
- Mac with Mirlyn access