Collection Descriptions

Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

The Art, Architecture & Engineering Library bridges art and technology with its collection in art and design, architecture, engineering, and urban planning. With holdings in excess of 600,000 volumes, over 200 databases, thousands of online journals, and a team of specialist librarians, the library is well positioned to respond to your information needs. Strengths in the special collections include publications from the first decades of the twentieth century, especially those by Le Corbusier and various Bauhaus designers, as well as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Fine Arts Library

The Fine Arts Library, located in Tappan Hall, maintains an excellent collection of over 100,000 volumes in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts.  The library houses monographs, serials and electronic resources which document the history of architecture, sculpture, painting, drawing, prints, decorative arts and photography. The library also maintains exhibition catalogues from museums and galleries world-wide, and provides auction information from selected sources.

Hatcher Library

The Hatcher Library is home to a number of collections and libraries:

  • Hatcher Graduate Library
    The Hatcher Graduate Library is the University of Michigan's primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences. The Graduate Library collection numbers approximately 3.5 million volumes including 10,000 journals and periodical subscriptions written in over a hundred languages, and covering the broadest imaginable array of subject specialties.
  • International Studies

​​International Studies collections support research focused on the people, places, and cultures of Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Near East as well as Jewish Studies globally. Among the services offered by our librarians are customized course instruction; research consultations; support for research data; and assistance with digital scholarship projects. 

International Studies collections exceed 1.2 million volumes and include subscriptions to well over 3,000 periodicals from and about the above mentioned regions around the world. International Studies collections encompass materials in all formats in over 400 languages. The collections are integrated with those of the Hatcher Graduate Library and can be accessed via the Mirlyn catalog. 


  • Asia Library
    The Asia Library houses one of the nation's foremost collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language resources in all formats. As of December 2016, the Library holds more than 850,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs, some 2,000 currently received serials, and approximately 80,000 titles in microform. The Library also provides access to a large number of electronic resources in East Asian languages.
  • Clark Library
    The Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services is a unique combination of collections, government information expertise, and data services.  It is a depository for publications of the United States Government as well as the State of Michigan, the United Nations, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. In addition, the Library actively collects documents from intergovernmental organizations worldwide, including the OECD, the World Bank, and the IMF. The Library houses a wide array of cartographic materials, including maps, atlases, gazetteers, geographical dictionaries, and reference works. It is also a campus resource center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial and numeric data, providing access to software and data in support of research and instruction. 
  • Papyrus Collection
    With over 7,000 inventory numbers and more than 10,000 individual fragments, the University of Michigan is home to one of the largest collections of papyri in the world. The Michigan papyri range from the earlier part of the third century B.C. to the eighth century A.D. The great majority of them are written in Greek, but there are also considerable numbers in Latin, Coptic, Arabic, and even a few in Egyptian Demotic. Their content covers topics of all sorts: Biblical fragments, religious writings, public and private documents, private letters, astronomical, astrological, mathematical, and magical texts
  • Special Collections Library
    The Special Collections Library holds internationally renowned collections of books, serials, manuscripts, posters, playbills, photographs, and original artwork. It is home to some of the most historically significant treasures at the University of Michigan and includes in its holdings some 275,000 published volumes, approximately 6,500 linear feet of archival material, about 450 incunabula (books printed before 1501), and nearly 1,400 early manuscripts on vellum and paper. As the repository for a broad and rich array of material selected and acquired to support, stimulate, and enrich teaching, learning, and research at the University of Michigan, the Special Collections Library holds important collections of material in all formats and in a variety of subject areas. Notable collections and subject strengths include: Astronomy and Mathematics Children’s Literature English and American Literature European History Islamic Manuscripts Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Philippine History Theater, Radio, Television, and Film Transportation History The Joseph A. Labadie Collection is one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of radical history in the United States, bringing together unique materials that document past as well as contemporary social protest movements. Collection strengths include anarchism, labor movements, civil liberties (with an emphasis on racial minorities), socialism, communism, colonialism and imperialism, American labor history through the 1930s, the Industrial Workers of the Word, the Spanish Civil War, sexual freedom, women’s liberation, gay liberation, the underground press, and student protest movements.

Music Library

The Music Library supports a wide range of programs in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and collects widely in all three areas.  (Theatre material is held at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.) Among the largest academic music libraries in the United States, the UM Music Library holds extensive collections of books, scores, periodicals, sound and video recordings, and microforms.  The library also maintains a significant collection of rare material—in excess of 8,000 items—and holds subscriptions to many electronic resources in music, theatre, and dance.  The Music Library is located on the third floor of the Earl V. Moore Building on North Campus.

Shapiro Library

The Harold T. and Vivian B. Shapiro Library building houses within it three distinct libraries:

  • Askwith Media Library
    The Askwith Media Library houses a collection of over 25,000 titles, which includes feature films, documentaries, animated shorts and instructional films and videos. Title formats include DVDs, VHS and 3/4" videotapes, 16mm films, CD-ROM's, audio cassettes, audio CDs and laserdiscs.
  • Shapiro Science Library
    The Shapiro Science Library, located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Shapiro Library, is the primary library on the University of Michigan campus supporting collections, research and instruction for the basic sciences: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Natural Resources, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. The Library was formed in 1995 when four departmental libraries were combined. The resulting collection has about 400,000 volumes, over 2,000 print journal subscriptions (about 45% of which are also available in electronic format) and access to a large number of databases.
  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library
    The Shapiro Undergraduate Library collection includes approximately 150,000 volumes in support of the undergraduate curriculum. It also houses course reserves, books and other physical materials requested by faculty for their classes.

Taubman Health Sciences Library

The Taubman Health Sciences Library is one of the largest medical libraries in the country. It serves the University of Michigan Medical School; Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health; College of Pharmacy; and the University of Michigan Health System. The Library's focus is on the research, education and clinical literature. The journal literature, both print and electronic is the most current record of advances in knowledge and is therefore emphasized over other published forms in this library. The Library is both a working and a historical collection. Its contents reflect the current state of knowledge and practice in each successive period, thus preserving a record of both cultural and scientific development in medicine.  
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Last modified: 12/21/2016