Collection Areas

Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities collections support and enhance creative practice, research, teaching, and learning for arts and humanities disciplines across campus. The collection is a valuable tool for researchers interested or involved in digital humanities projects, as well as more traditional styles of research.

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Asia Library

As one of the largest East Asian language collections in North America, the Asia Library provides scholarly resources in a variety of formats to patrons at both U-M and other institutions in support of East Asian studies.

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Established in 1905, the engineering collection has developed into one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country. It primarily serves the instructional and research needs of faculty, students, and staff of the College of Engineering, which comprises thirteen academic departments and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Health Sciences

The Taubman Health Sciences Library supports the research, teaching, and clinical practice needs of the University of Michigan’s Medical School; Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Kinesiology, and Public Health; College of Pharmacy; and the hospitals and institutes of Michigan Medicine. The health sciences collection covers a wide range of disciplines focusing on research, academic, and clinical literature, with an emphasis on journals and databases. Current textbooks and journals of the health sciences collection are electronic only, with a historical print collection located at an offsite shelving facility. 

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International Studies

International Studies collections exceed 1.2 million volumes and includes subscriptions to well over 3,000 periodicals from and about regions around the world, encompassing over 400 languages.

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The Science collection supports the work of faculty and students in Astronomy, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Natural Resources and Environment, Physics, and Statistics. While the print collection exceeds 400,000 volumes, the electronic collection is also robust. The extensive journal collection includes many complete subscriptions, as well as a growing ebook collection.

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Social Sciences

Social Science collections support and enhance the research, teaching, and learning activities of faculty, students, and staff in the social sciences. The subject areas supported by this collection include Communications, Disability Studies, Economics, Education, Information and Library Science, LGBTQ Studies, Multiculturalism and Diversity, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Women’s Studies.

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Special Collections

The Special Collections Research Center acquires, cares for, interprets, and promotes the use of important collections of unique, rare, primary source, and other material in all formats and in a variety of subject areas, and is responsible for the majority of the U-M Library's Special Collections collection areas. The holdings consist of approximately 300,000 volumes and more than 7,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material. Notable collections and subject strengths include the papers of distinguished authors, poets, and filmmakers; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; early printed books (including more than 350 incunables); European military history; American culinary history; anarchism, radicalism, and social protest; children’s literature; Philippine history; the early histories of astronomy, mathematics, and medicine; and transportation history.

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Undergraduate Library

The Shapiro Undergraduate Library collection acts as a gateway for undergraduates to the research-focused and esoteric collections of the rest of the University Library and also provides content for upper-level undergraduates and more advanced researchers who are in need of overview or introductory materials on subjects outside their areas of expertise. Additionally, the collection supports the lifelong learning and leisure reading needs of undergraduates.

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Unless otherwise noted, all images used to represent individual collection areas are in the public domain, have a CC-0 license, or we have the rights. A number feature items from the library's extensive Digital Collections.

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Last modified: 06/14/2018