The library collection at UMBS dates back to the beginning of the Biological Station (1909) and includes volumes from the 1800s and is continually updated with new titles. The collection is primarly dedicated to natural history and the biological sciences, however it does include small collections in such diverse areas as photography, literature, and anthropology. With over 10,000 volumes this makes it one of the best field station libraries in the world.

Along with the volumes we store at the library, researchers and students have access to the complete electronic catalog through University of Michigan Libraries.

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Biological Station Library: Services

  • Book Purchase Request Form - Submit a request for titles not currently owned by Library that would be beneficial to Biological Station research
  • Interlibrary Loan - Request a title not available here from UM Library ILL department
  • Library Instruction - A description of the various instructional services available to those living at UMBS
  • Library Outages- Information about database and service outages as well as a form to report outages experienced
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Biological Station Library: Resources

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Floor Plans

Floor Plans of the Biological Station Library

First Floor

  • Librarian's desk
  • Current Unbound Periodicals
  • Book/Journal Stacks (Dewey Decimal collection continued)
  • Atlas, Oversize, & Reference Collections
  • Map Cabinets
  • Computer Access Stations
  • Course Reserve Tables
  • Reprint Files
  • Cage (secured cabinet for Special Collections)
  • Microfiche Readers


The annex of the library contains most of the items classified with Dewey classification numbers. (This means that the call number begins with a number instead of a letter). This room also contains the oldest part of the collection of the library, with titles going back to the 1800s.

  • Photocopier
  • Laptop with internet access
  • New Books shelves
  • Book/journal stacks (Dewey Decimal collection)

Second Floor

The second floor houses all the books, aside from the reference collection, that are categorized with LC call numbers. (This means that the call numbers begin with letters as opposed to numbers). This area contains most of the newer books of the collection.

  • Book/journal stacks (Library of Congress [LC])
  • Seating for private study
  • Mac with Mirlyn access
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Science Library Sitemap

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Shapiro Science Library: Reference Services

Walk-In Reference

The Shapiro Science Library no longer staffs a walk-in reference desk of its own. For in-person assistance with science reference questions ask at the Graduate Library reference desk on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, or contact the appropriate science librarian for an appointment. Help is also available via phone, email, and instant messaging through the Ask A Librarian reference service.

Research Consultations

We offer research consultations for individuals or small groups by appointment. Consultations can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the question. To set up an appointment, email with a brief description of your research topic and scheduling requirements, or contact directly the Science Librarian whose subject area most closely matches your topic.

Science Print Reference Collection

Our more heavily used reference volumes have now moved to the reference collection located in the reading room on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library (some volumes have been moved to ready reference near the Graduate Library reference desk on the second floor). The remaining print reference materials have been integrated into the bound journals collection on the third floor of Shapiro, or in some cases into the monograph collection on the fourth floor. Check Mirlyn if you're looking for a science reference book that's not where you think it should be.

Reference Resources:

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Shapiro Science Library: Contact Information


Shapiro Library circulation desk: 1-734-764-7490


Science Library fax: 1-734-763-9813


Shapiro Library Building: 3rd and 4th Floors

Campus Map

3rd Floor Map

4th Floor Map


919 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1185

Email: For circulation questions contact Shapiro circulation. For research questions, please contact the appropriate subject librarian. General inquiries about the science library may be sent to Other questions and comments should be sent to the Ask A Librarian email reference service.

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Shapiro Science Library: Computers & Printing


Computing stations, 3rd Floor


The third floor of the Science Library contains two computer islands housing 17 Windows machines and 7 iMacs. All require a U-M uniqname and password to access. The nearest guest computers are located on the first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. (Some databases, including SciFinder, can only be accessed via U-M validated sign-on.)


Computing station, 4th Floor


One computing station, an iMac, is located on the 4th floor for quick look-ups in the library catalog. It is located around the corner to the left of the elevators, near the stacks holding call numbers in the QA200s. This station also requires a U-M uniqname and password.




There are two printers available to University of Michigan users, located by the large computer island on the third floor. Printed pages are charged to the balance of your ITS Standard Computing Services account. Jobs waiting to be printed can be viewed on the monitor next to the printers. The MCard photocopiers on the third floor also have printing and scanning capabilities. U-M users may send documents to these machines via MPrint.

Ask library staff at the Undergraduate Library reference or circulation desks (both on the first floor) for assistance with fixing paper jams, filling paper trays, replacing toner, etc.


Printing/Copying Refunds

U-M affiliates can use this ITS form to request a printing/copying refund.



There are two MCard photocopier/printers in the Science Library, located on the 3rd floor near the large computer island. These are frequently used for copying print journal articles. Copies made using your MCard are charged to your standard computing services printing allocation; printing beyond your allocation will cause you to be charged at the rate of 6 cents per page.

You may also send jobs to these machines using MPrint. Select Central Campus > South Diag Area > Shapiro Science Library Copy 1 (or Shapiro Science Library Guest Copy).

If a printer/copier is jammed or out of paper or ink, please inform the staff at the Undergraduate Library Circulation desk on the first floor. After hours service requests may be called in to 4-HELP, which is available from 8AM-7PM Monday through Friday, 1PM-5PM Sunday, and is closed on Saturday.

Report a Lost or Stolen Copy Card

U-M affiliates who have lost their MCard should see this information page from the U-M Treasurer's Office. 

IT Policies

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