Libraries

Between the city and the U-M, Ann Arbor has an astonishing wealth of libraries. The Ann Arbor District Library has a superb reference staff, along with recently expanded computing facilities. The U-M library system is one of the largest research collections in the country and probably one of the most accessible.

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U-M Libraries

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These select academic libraries and collections are open to the public, but a user’s pass ($250/year, $125 for alums) is required to check out materials. For more information, see lib.umich.edu

Ann Arbor District Library

(734) 327-4200

Circulates materials for all ages–including books, music, movies, magazines, art prints, science, art, home & music tools, downloadable books, music, and video–to all library cardholders. WiFi, print and electronic resources, and public meeting spaces available at no charge. Online and in-person events and exhibits for youth, teens, adults, and families. For current AADL hours, please visit aadl.org

Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

(734) 647-5747

2281 Bonisteel

The library’s engineering holdings are among the largest and richest technology collections in the country. Its art resources include a large image collection, architectural drawings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. aael.circ@umich.edu, lib.umich.edu/aael

Bentley Historical Library

(734) 764-3482

1150 Beal

Founded in 1935, Bentley possesses a statewide collection of Michigan’s history and serves as the official archives of the University of Michigan. The library holds 64,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 90,000 printed volumes, 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials, more than 10,000 maps, and nearly 60 terabytes of digital content, including an extensive Civil War collection. Check website for up-to-date hours and access. bentley.umich.edu

Clements Library

(734) 764-2347

909 S. University

Original resources for American history and culture from the 15th through the 19th century, including books, graphics, manuscripts, and maps. Research hours: Mon.- Wed. 9 a.m.-4:30p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30p.m. Exhibit hours: Mon.- Fri. 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. clements.library@umich.edu, clements.umich.edu

Fine Arts Library, University of Michigan

(734) 764-5405
855 S. University Ave.

The Fine Arts Library, on the 2nd floor of Tappan Hall, serves the students and faculty of the History of Art Department and the Visual Resources Collection, and helps support the research and curatorial functions of the U-M Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. By extension, the library serves the greater university community and members of the public with regard to art historical research and information on the visual arts. arts.umich.edu/museums-cultural-attractions/fine-arts-library/

Ford Presidential Library

(734) 205-0555

1000 Beal

Archival collections of Gerald R. Ford’s presidential, vice-presidential, and congressional papers, including his Warren Commission files. Visitors can browse lobby exhibits, see a re-creation of President Ford’s office, and attend special events. Researchers welcome. Mon.-Fri. 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. During Covid-19: check website or call to confirm schedule. ford.library@nara.gov, fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Hatcher Graduate Library

(734) 764-0400

913 South University, on the Diag

With 3.25 million titles in several hundred languages, Hatcher is the U-M’s primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences. Home to the Asia Library, Papyrology Collection, Special Collections Research Center, and the Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information, and Data Services. Hatcher also hosts exhibits and events, which are free and open to the public. lib.umich.edu/hatcher-graduate-library. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sun. 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Music Library

(734) 764-2512

1100 Baits, 3239 Moore Bldg., 3rd Floor

One of the nation’s largest music collections, the Music Library houses books, scores, periodicals, sound and video recordings, and special collections. music.circ@umich.edu, lib.umich.edu/music-library

 

Richard W. Bailey Library

(734) 973-3429

4800 E. Huron River, Washtenaw Community College, Gunder Myran Building

Print and e-books and -journals and media items including streaming videos and DVDs. Easy reading books for adults with low reading levels and international students. Children’s literature collection. Books may be checked out by general public (with a free library card); other materials for public use in the library only. Call or check website for hours. wccnet.edu/resources/library

Shapiro Library

(734) 764-7490

919 S. University

The Shapiro Undergraduate Library (known to students as the “UGLi”) offers research and technology equipment and consultation services for students, as well as books, periodicals, electronic resources, and leisure reading materials. On the second floor, the Askwith Media Library holds more than 40,000 film and television titles in a variety of formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, and 16 millimeter. (734-764-5360). lib.umich.edu/shapiro-undergraduate-library