Guests, Alumni and Retired Faculty

Options for borrowing materials and getting help from specialists, as well support for planning a visit to any of our buildings.

Access to online resources

Our subscription agreements limit most online resources to current students, faculty, and staff. 

On campus access to many licensed resources is available on guest computers.

Michigan residents can use Michigan eLibrary eResources with a valid Michigan driver’s license, state ID number, or library card number issued from a public library in the state.

Access to onsite materials

Guests not affiliated with the university can visit and use items off the shelves

Items in offsite shelving can be held for you to use onsite at designated locations. Consult Library Catalog Search to find item information and submit your request at least 3 business days before your visit.

Retired faculty and staff privileges

Emeriti faculty are considered current faculty and can use their U-M credentials for online access.

All retired faculty and staff can borrow materials and request items from another institution through interlibrary loan.

Find and use materials

  1. Find Materials

    The first step to locating our resources, from scholarly articles to archival material.

  2. Guests and Alumni Borrowing

    Guests with specific academic affiliations are eligible to borrow materials. Alumni and all other guests can pay an annual fee.

  3. Faculty and Staff Borrowing

    Current and retired faculty and staff can borrow materials, and current faculty can assign someone to borrow on their behalf.

  4. Pick Up Items at a Library Desk

    Use “Get This” to have materials delivered to the library location of your choice.

Get help

  1. Ask a Librarian

    We can help you locate library resources, connect with a specialist, or find support at any stage of your project.

  2. Find a Specialist

    Search for people by subject area or specialty.

Support the library

With every donation, you advance our enduring work, and open doors to discovery today and for many generations of scholars to come.

How to Give

Plan a visit

  1. Library Locations by Campus

    Select a specific location for details about visiting.

  2. Study Spaces

    Find the space that fits your needs, whether you’re studying solo or meeting with a group.

  3. Guest Computing and Printing

    Just visiting? Find out how you can use our computing services.

  4. Events and Exhibits

    See what's happening across the library and where to find our rotating exhibits.