Building Renovation

Renovation: exposed staircase and new windows

June 4, 2015 — The Taubman Health Sciences Library will reopen in August. During renovation, all services, resources, and people will still be available to you.  Staff contact information remains the same. See our FAQ below.

THL Renovation FAQ

Where can If find books and journals?
Digital content such as e-books and full text journals can be accessed via Mirlyn.  All other print books and journals have been relocated to the Health Sciences Remote Shelving Facility and must be requested.

Where is the Health Sciences Remote Shelving (HSRS) Facility? Can I go there myself?
HSRS is located off campus and is open only to MLibrary staff.

How can I get books or journals that will be stored in the Health Sciences Remote Shelving Facility?
For UM Affiliates, there are three options:

  1. Use 7FAST to request journal articles, book chapters, or books. There will be a charge for Undergraduates. University of Michigan Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students can use the service free of charge.

  2. Use the Get This feature in Mirlyn to request delivery of books to a campus library. (This option is currently not available for journal volumes.)

  3. Fill out the Material Request for Visitors to request delivery of books or journals to a campus library.

For the general public

  • If you are visiting the University of Michigan, you can request library materials be held for you to use onsite at the location of your choice.

Can I drop off books and videos at Taubman Health Sciences Library?
No.  However, you can drop off items at other campus locations:

External Dropboxes 
North Campus
circular driveway off Murfin Drive, located between Walgreens Drama Center and Pierpoint Commons

Central Campus
Shapiro Library
Hatcher Graduate Library

Internal Dropboxes
Medical Campus
UMHS "triangle", i.e., the second-floor intersection where the Towsley Center, UH South (formerly the Neuroscience Hospital) and the main U-M Hospital intersect. (Map)  If you have additional questions, please contact us at 734-764-1210 or

North Campus
Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library
MLibrary @ NCRC
Music Library

Central Campus
Fine Arts Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
Shapiro Library

What about items that are on Reserves? 
These items have been temporarily relocated to University Reserves which is located on the 2nd floor of the Shapiro Library.   U-M faculty who are teaching courses in the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, or Schools of Public Health, Nursing, or Dentistry, should consult the THL Reserves FAQ for information on placing requests.

Where should I direct additional questions or comments?
Our email address is We will be glad to answer any questions that may not have been addressed here, or to hear your comments and feedback about our renovation.

(FAQ revised and updated 4 Feb 2015)

Update Sept. 23, 2013: A message from James A. Bell, Horace I. Bomar and Jane Blumenthal

Dear Medical School community:

Yesterday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents gave the final approval necessary for the project that will transform the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library building.

In preparation for the project, offices and services in the building have relocated, or will in coming months. The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) have moved to the sixth floor of the Neuroscience Hospital Building 2 (formerly C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital). The Standardized Patient Program, and the associated clinical skills exam rooms used for the teaching and training of health professions students, has relocated to the seventh floor of Neurosciences Hospital Building 2, which is abbreviated NHB2.

Additional moves will occur during the fall as the building is prepped for an 18-month, $55 million renovation project. While some units are moving out, the library will remain open — and staff will be on-site — until Dec. 23, when the building closes entirely for renovation. It is expected to re-open in mid-2015.

All of the library’s printed journals and books published before 2008 have been moved to an off-site facility, but are available to the community upon request.

When construction is complete, the library building will be better equipped to handle the educational demands of the 21st Century — as you can see in these schematic designs for the project, approved by regents in March.

Additional details about the relocation of the library’s contents and a list of frequently asked questions are available at:

Visit for project updates, including office and staff relocations, and other information that will help faculty, staff and students to navigate the closure. This internal web page is behind the UMHS firewall and may not be accessible from all computers.


James A. Bell, C.P.A., J.D.
Chief Administrative Officer
U-M Medical School

Horace I. Bomar III
Director, Facilities Management and Planning
U-M Medical School

Jane Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP
Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library and
Associate University Librarian

Videos from the Taubman Health Sciences Library

"How to Move 457,000+ volumes in 50 days"

"The Last Book" - A Video from the Taubman Health Sciences Library

"Books on the Move!"





U-M Health System Press Release: "Better space for tomorrow's doctors"


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