COVID-19: updates on library resources and services

March 12, 2020

Last update: March 30, 2020
Please check this page often, as we continue to add and modify information.

Library buildings are closed following Governor Whitmer’s executive orders to close places of public accommodation and stay home, stay safe, but many library resources are already online.

University of Michigan classes will not meet in person through the end of the winter semester, and all commencement activities are canceled. All spring and summer courses will be conducted remotely.

Keep Reading and Researching

University of Michigan affiliates (faculty, staff, and students) can access our online resources from anywhere.

To take advantage of library resources, start your search on our website or in Library Search.

HathiTrust is offering Emergency Temporary Access Service to its digital copies of works in the U-M Library’s collection (U-M affiliates only).

Physical items are not available, and requests for holds are not being processed. If you find a book you need in our catalog and it isn't available electronically, send a request to our Document Delivery team; they'll do their best to track down an electronic version and make it available to you. 

Online Help

  • Ask a Librarian: Get free help with library and research-related questions from U-M Library reference staff. 
  • Subject Specialists: Make a remote appointment with an expert in your field of study to discuss your project and receive customized research support, advice, and resources.

Online Guides

Borrowed Materials

No fines are being assessed for late returns because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Books do not need to be returned by their due date.  
  • You can renew your items online by logging into your library account. If you can't renew online, or are having trouble renewing, contact for help.
  • We've renewed all interlibrary loan material on your behalf through May 4, 2020.
  • If you need to return items now, the Shapiro Library book return is open and accessible from the driveway between the Hatcher and Shapiro libraries (the Hatcher book return is closed). Book returns to all libraries have been consolidated to this single location. Materials will be checked in when library buildings reopen.
  • If you've left campus, you can mail items back to the library. Please wait until library buildings are open again, and mail to: University of Michigan Library, 913 South University Avenue, Room 104, Ann Arbor, MI  48109.


Major publishers are offering free temporary online access to textbooks. Search for yours:

  • VitalSource offers textbooks from more than 100 publishers (registration required)
  • RedShelf offers textbooks from more than two dozen publishers (registration required)

Service Updates

Most library services are available remotely, and they're not limited to what's listed here.

Ask a Librarian

Clark Library

Computer and Video Game Archive (CVGA)

Course Reserves

  • Access to physical course reserve items is suspended.
  • We're working to provide online access to as many physical reserve items as possible.


  • All public events in the library, including the Hatcher Gallery and Clark Library, have been postponed or canceled through the end of April.


Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

  • We're available via email at

  • You can still request items

  • If you can't find what you need in our catalog, submit an interlibrary loan request and we'll do our best to find an electronic version for you.

  • Delivery of physical materials is suspended.

  • If you're a local patron, we'll attempt to fill your request with an electronic resource. If we can't, the item will be put on hold for you at a circulation desk indefinitely.

  • Requests from other institutions are being filled with electronic resources as possible. We're not shipping physical material.

  • We scan health sciences material as required for urgent patient needs; all other scans are on hold.

  • All loan terms are extended; we will not recall material or block you from library service..

Papyrology Collection


Shapiro Design Lab

Special Collections Research Center

University Updates About COVID-19

The University of Michigan is maintaining a 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 page to address the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation.

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Last modified: 03/30/2020