When the new Dentistry building was completed in 1971, the Dentistry Library occupied the elevated second level facing North University Street. The first level, pictured here, contained the main collection and over forty study carrels with a variety of audio-visual equipment. Toward the back, the stairway is visible that led to the mezannine level, containing more journals and study areas. When the new library opened, the collection held 23,000 items and continued to grow rapidly, remaining one of the world's most comprehensive academic libraries specializing in dentistry. Soon, electronic resources were also gaining importance: by 1980, the library provided computerized searching of over 100 bibliographic databases, available to all UM students. Four years later, a student could search 200 databases, while the print collection numbered 43,000 items.
The library remained here until 2008, when it merged with the Taubman Medical Library (as of April, 2010, the Taubman Health Sciences Library) on the Medical Campus.
Source: UM School of Dentistry "Announcement," 1971-72, p. 25; "Announcement," 1980-82, p. 35.
Photo: Patricia F. Anderson