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Services for Undergraduate Students

While the University Library consists of many libraries and vast collections, undergraduate students exploring academic research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences for the first time find that the best place to start is at the Shapiro Library. Most undergraduate library research consists of finding books, finding journal articles and finding course reserve materials. To find what books (and journals subscriptions, datafiles, CDs, DVDs, etc.) that the University Library owns, connect to Library Catalog Search. To find out what databases we have and to find citations to scholarly articles, use Library Search.

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How to Check Out Library Materials

To borrow materials from University Library locations, present your MCard at a check-out desk. Books from the Shapiro Library can be checked out for three weeks and can be "renewed" (checked out again) once. There is no limit on the number of books you may borrow.

How to Get Course Reserves

See Course Reserves information for details.

How to Get Library Materials Not Available at U-M

Because you are affiliated with U-M, you can borrow library materials not owned by the University Library system from other institutions. You can make use of the free Interlibrary Loan service which attempts to locate library materials from other institutions and borrows them on your behalf. If you would like to suggest that we purchase something for our collections, please use our purchase request form.

How to Get Help With Your Research

To help you prepare to use the services and resources of the University Library, we recommend that you review our online research guide called "Essentials of Library Research." In addition, librarians have created subject- or discipline-based guides which can help you navigate the library system and our rich resources. 

You can reach out to experts at the various library locations, but you can also use our instant messaging, texting, and email research and reference services throughout the calendar year via the Ask a Librarian service. But we especially want to encourage undergraduate students to talk with our expertly trained reference staff at the Ask a Librarian desk on the first floor of the Shapiro Library or at the Ask a Librarian desk on the second floor of the Hatcher Library.

How to Connect to Library Resources from Off-campus

Off campus access to library online resources is available to currently enrolled U-M undergraduate students with a valid U-M login. See the Access Outside the Library and On Mobile Devices for details.

Library Computing Information

See Computing at the Library for details.

How to Get Copies of Library Materials

You use your MCard at all library printers/copiers. See Copy Services page for details.

How to Print in the Library

All printing done on the printers/copiers at the University Libraries is charged against students' University Basic Computing Package printing allocation each semester.

Study Spaces

See the Study Spaces page for details.

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Last modified: 07/03/2018