Collections at the Graduate Library

The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library is the University of Michigan's primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences. It has extensive holdings in literature, history, political science, economics, among many other subjects. Its collection numbers approximately 3.5 million volumes -- this includes access to 10,000 journals, over 1,000 daily newspapers in a variety of formats, and more than 20,000 online periodicals and 500 licensed online databases. Current selection is focused on the associated disciplines of the humanities and social sciences but historical collections support scholarship campus-wide. Commonly cited collecting strengths of the Hatcher Graduate Library include English and French local history; papyrology; history and culture of Germany; classical archaeology; military history; English literature; social and political movements; and area studies encompassing South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Near East, and Slavic countries. In addition, these general stacks collections are supported by strong holdings in U.S. and foreign government publications, an outstanding collection of maps and related materials, a comprehensive collection of publications written in the language groups of East Asia, manuscripts and special collections, over 1.5 million items in microformat, and a strong collection of reference and bibliographic sources in print and machine-readable formats.

Collection Development

Responsibility for building and maintaining the collections of the Hatcher Graduate Library is vested in over 26 subject selectors, who work closely with faculty and students to meet current and anticipated research needs. These selectors participate in a broad range of decisions regarding the selection, use and preservation of collections in their areas. Questions related to the policies and practices of collection development in a particular area should be directed to the appropriate subject specialist

Recommending Titles for Purchase

Purchase recommendations for particular titles can be directed to individual subject selectors.

Recommendations can be sumitted via e-mail to or via a web form. All patron requests are treated on a priority basis, and patrons will be notified of the action taken by the Hatcher Graduate Library. Titles intended for course reserve for both graduate and undergraduate courses should be ordered through the University Library Reserve Service, 2002 Undergraduate Library (734) 764-5360. New books received by the Hatcher Graduate Library are displayed in the second floor north corridor, and can be seen in list form at the New Books page.

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Last modified: 04/25/2018