Shapiro Science Library: Subjects

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Second Floor

Second floor

The second floor contains all of the Library of Congress classified books (the call number begins with letters instead of numbers.) The only exception to this are the reference books which are found on the first floor. The upstairs tends to have the more recent titles. There are also two chairs which provide a beautiful view of Douglas Lake out the front windows. An ideal place to study on a hot day!

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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 the Science Librarian whose subject area most closely matches your topic with a brief description of your research and scheduling requirements.

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. 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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