COVID-19: updates on library resources and services

March 12, 2020

Last update: June 30, 2020

Many library resources and services are available online. Library buildings remain closed. 

We're taking a careful, public health-informed re-opening approach designed to keep staff and the campus community safe. Our phased re-entry has started with limited staff to support research initiatives, and we've begun limited scanning of health sciences items and items housed in the Hatcher Library. Stay tuned for updates.

We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter for periodic updates and information.

Course Reserves

Because the pandemic will limit our capacity to offer physical course reserves, we encourage instructors to use digital course materials wherever possible, and are dedicating additional resources toward finding and acquiring them. We recommend you start the process now so that we have time to find and purchase what you need for the fall semester.

Borrowed Materials

We encourage you to hold on to your library books while library buildings are closed. 

Books do not need to be returned by their due date, and won't be recalled while our buildings are closed.

No fines are being assessed, and no account holds are being placed, for late returns.

We've renewed all checked-out library materials, and will continue to renew them until library buildings reopen. If your item was not renewed for some reason, log in to your library account to renew or contact and we'll renew it for you.

We've renewed all interlibrary loan material on your behalf through September 7, 2020.

If you must return items while the buildings are closed, use the Shapiro Library book return (located at the southwest end of the building) or the North Campus drop box (located outside Pierpont Commons in the circular driveway). These are the only available book return locations. Books will be checked in when library buildings reopen.

If you've left campus, please wait until library buildings reopen to mail items back to the library: University of Michigan Library, 913 South University Avenue, Room 104, Ann Arbor, MI  48109.

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

  • Research Guides
  • Faculty Guide
  • Student Guide
  • COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) includes information about the pandemic from around the world, identifies relevant point-of-care resources for clinicians, highlights quality data and data visualization sources, links to online learning opportunities, and addresses issues faced by minority communities in the U.S.

  • COVID-19 Best Evidence Front Door provides direct access to high quality meta-analyses, literature syntheses, and clinical guidelines, from multiple vetted sources, to inform direct patient care.

Textbooks and More

We continue to update a growing list of publishers and database vendors who are offering temporary expanded access, for U-M affiliates, to their online resources.

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.
  • Let us know what you need (print or digital), and we'll do our best to locate or purchase an online version or help identify a substitute. Send requests for films and streaming media to


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


Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

  • We're available via email at

  • We're not shipping or receiving physical material.

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

  • Requests from other institutions are being filled with electronic resources as possible.

  • We scan health sciences material as required for urgent patient needs, and may be able to scan other materials upon request.

  • 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: 06/30/2020