General Library Information



Topic Description
The Library is open 24 hours a day. Library staff is available 40 hours per week during the summer sessions only. The Librarian's hours will be posted at the main desk in the library. Never hesitate to ask for assistance.
The collection consists of over 16,000 cataloged volumes. Numerous articles related to the Biological Station are also available in the Biological Station collection within Deep Blue and the Reprint File (near the reference desk).
Loan Policy
Materials cannot be checked out from the library. The only exceptions are special arrangements between the librarian and the faculty for lab use.
The books are shelved according to two distinct cataloging classifications: Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress (LC). Dewey Decimal begin with numbers (eg. 556.34 n354) and LC begin with letters (eg. QK 342 .O76). Dewey numbers begin in the Annex and continue into the main building. All LC numbers (excluding those in Reference and Oversize shelving) are on the second floor. In you cannot locate a title, it may be on a course reserve table or with the New Books.
New Books
Books acquired since the previous summer are on display on the Annex on the west wall. They are arranged in call number order.
Course Reserves
Books and articles on reserve for a course are located on the tables in the main room during the spring and summer sessions.
Bound journals are interfiled with books and shelved in call number order in the stacks. The majority of unbound issues are shelved alphabetically by title near the main desk. Many journals are also available on the Web through the library's list of e-journals. Ask the Biostation Librarian for more information.
Library Catalog Search
Library Catalog Search is the online catalog of the University of Michigan Libraries. Call numbers for books and journals are available in Library Catalog Search.
Online Resources
Listed below are some of the many online resources available:

Connect to these databases and many more through Library Databases Search. Guides to some of these resources and subject areas are available on the U-M Science Library page. Feel free to ask the Biological Station Librarian for help using any of the electronic resources.

Reprint File
The Library maintains a file of reprints of journal articles pertaining to local and Biostation research. These papers are in file cabinets on the west wall and are filed alphabetically by author.
Library to Library Loan
Materials not available in the Biological Station Library may often be borrowed from the Ann Arbor campus. Requests should be submitted as early in the term as possible to allow ample time for delivery. Only Biological Station-oriented material should be requested. See the Librarian for instruction.
Purchase Requests
If you would like the library to purchase a book or journal, contact:
Scott Martin
Shapiro Science Library
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1185
Phone: 1-734-764-8196 Email:
Or use the online form. We usually try to order all appropriate titles that are recommended.


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Last modified: 08/27/2018