- Digital content (e.g. e-books and full text journals) can be accessed via U-M Library Search.
- Reserves items and a small reference collection are located in the Library and are available upon request.
- All other print books and journals have been relocated to the Health Sciences Remote Shelving Facility and must be requested.
- The U-M Library offers access to many streaming video services listed on the Streaming Video Online Databases page.
How can I get books or journals that will be stored in the Health Sciences Remote Shelving Facility?
- Use Document Delivery to request journal articles, book chapters, or books.
- Use the Get This feature via U-M Library Search to request delivery of books to a campus library. (This option is currently not available for journal volumes.)
If you are visiting the University of Michigan, you can request library materials be held for you to use onsite at the location of your choice.
- Faculty or staff
- Spouse or other qualified adult of a U-M faculty or staff member
- Faculty proxies
- Visiting Scholars
- A borrowing card with a machine-readable barcode
- Faculty, staff, and currently registered U-M students may have their M-Card activated at any University Library circulation desk.
I am a new faculty member/staff member/student, and I would like to activate my card within a week of my appointment/enrollment; where can I go to do this?
- The Graduate Library
- The Art, Architecture & Engineering Library
- New students may also go to the Undergraduate Library
- GSIs with current appointments and Research Assistants with a GEO contract are eligible for faculty-level borrowing privileges.
I'm a Doctoral Candidate who has fulfilled all requirements except the completion of my dissertation; how long will I retain borrowing privileges?
- Up to two years from your most recent enrollment or until receipt of your degree, whichever comes first.
- Rackham students on detached study may also have library privileges extended to the extent of their leave as registered with the Rackham Graduate School.
- These extensions can only be made at the Graduate Library Circulation Desk.
- Yes, for the duration of your appointment, if required by your job duties.
- Please fill out this application, signed by your supervisor: Application (NB: link to PDF file, 98 kb).
I'm a faculty/staff member, and I'd like to get borrowing privileges for my spouse/other qualified adult; can this be done, and how?
- Yes. To be eligible, you must have a faculty level position or a regular staff appointment at a 50% level or greater.
- Borrowing privileges are good for one year, renewable annually, or for the duration of your appointment, if less than one year.
- The spouse or other qualified adult is responsible for any circulation activity occurring on the card including payment for all books or other library material that may be lost while charged to the card.
- Unless a title has more limited circulation, loan periods will be three weeks. Number of books that may be charged is unlimited, although number of renewals may vary among the libraries.
- Spouse/other qualified adult borrowing applications are available at the Graduate Library North Circulation Desk or online (NB: link to pdf file; 90 kb).
How can a faculty member set up a faculty borrowing proxy account for an assistant, and what are the conditions?
- Borrowing by proxy provides borrowing privileges to individuals working for or with a U-M faculty member who has a permanent teaching appointment.
- This card is issued only upon written authorization of the faculty member and, although the proxy carries the library card, the sponsoring faculty member is wholly responsible for all materials borrowed in his or her name.
- The borrowing privileges of both the sponsoring faculty and the proxy will be suspended if the proxy card is delinquent.
The faculty member assumes full responsibility, including:
- Prompt communication with the proxy regarding all notices and correspondence.
- Return or renewal of books on due date.
- Immediate return of books that are recalled for use by other borrowers.
- Payment for all library materials that may be lost while charged to the proxy.
- Written notification if a proxy is to be revoked or canceled before the expiration date.
Proxy cards are issued for no more than one year at a time and must be renewed each year. Applications are available online (N.B.: link to pdf file; 78 kb).
- The University Library provides privileges to borrow from its collections to scholars who have been invited to the U-M campus to participate in research or instructional activities.
- All other visitors who do not have this invited status should refer to the FAQ for the General Public.
- Visiting scholars should be issued an M-Card through their sponsoring department and need to fill out an application, which must be signed by your dean, director, or department chair.
- This application is available online (NB: link to pdf file; 96 kb). It can submitted by email, fax, or at the Circulation Desks at the Graduate Library or the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.
Borrowing privileges are good for one year, renewable annually, or for the duration of the visit or program if less than one year.
The Taubman Health Sciences Library provides the following loan periods for all registered borrowers:
- Journals: Building use only; journal volumes do not circulate.
- Books: 8 weeks (3 weeks for undergraduate students) — recalls can shorten the loan period to as little as three weeks, depending on the timing (please note the new recall due date on your recall notice)
- Any library in the system (this also includes the UM Flint Thompson Library)
- Note: This does not include reserve materials, which must be returned to the lending library.
Yes, materials from any University Library can be dropped off when the Library is open. When the Library is closed, you may one of the following dropboxes:
Circular driveway off Murfin Drive, located between Walgreens Drama Center and Pierpoint Commons
Hatcher Graduate Library
Michigan Medicine "triangle", i.e., the second-floor intersection where the Towsley Center, UH South (formerly the Neuroscience Hospital) and the main U-M Hospital intersect. (Map) If you have additional questions, please contact us at 734-764-1210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reserves items are available at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.
- U-M faculty who are teaching courses in the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, or Schools of Public Health, Nursing, or Dentistry, should consult the THL Reserves FAQ
- You will be charged the replacement cost of the item, a processing fee of $50, and any applicable recall or reserve fines.
- The cost of the book will be based on its replacement by a new copy of the identical work, or its equivalent current edition, as determined by THL staff.
- If the work is out of print, THL staff may, at their discretion, elect to charge a flat replacement fee of $100 per item.
- Binding fees, if appropriate, will also be assessed.
I need to use a print book that is currently checked out from the Library; how do I place a recall request?
- Log in and search/locate the items of interest.
- A "Get This" button will appear if it can be held or recalled.
- If the item is currently available, clicking on "Get This" will initiate a Library-to-Library delivery of your requested item.
- If the item is checked out, clicking on "Get This" will place a recall on it.
All borrowers are guaranteed the use of a library book for a minimum of three weeks, so the book may not be returned immediately.
PLEASE NOTE: Library policy forbids releasing information about what other borrowers have borrowed or requested.
- The borrower will receive a recall notice via e-mail.
- The recalled book is now due on the date listed after NEW DUE DATE in the email, regardless of the date stamped in the back of the book.
- Borrowing privileges are suspended if a recalled item is not returned by the new recall due date and a fine of $2.00 per day per item is assessed to students who do not return a recalled book by the new date. There is no grace period.
- Log in to your Library Search account and click on "My Account"
- You can also ask Information Services, via email: TMLCirculation@umich.edu. Forward the courtesy or overdue notice you received (as long as it is not a final or recall notice), or call us at 764-1210.
- Books and journals can be renewed six times, unless requested by another borrower.
- We cannot renew items that are currently on course reserves with a short-term loan.
- We cannot renew items for borrowers whose privileges have expired or been blocked.
- If your books have reached their renewal limit and you need them longer, please contact us. Our staff will respond during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).
Instructional locations are available at the following locations on campus:
- Classroom Reservation & Instructional Software Submission (includes Campus Computing Sites)
- School of Education
- School of Dentistry
- College of Literature, Science, and Arts
- Contact the appropriate informationist
- Call: 734-764-1210
- Email: email@example.com
- This service is available to UM faculty, students and staff, as well as to area health professionals.
- Document Delivery: Provides book loans and article scans from material owned by the U-M Library, and through interlibrary loan for materials not owned by our library system.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.