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1.3 Million print/ebooks
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Over 65,000 books circulated and renewed in 2018
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More than 670,000 eBook uses in 2018


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Access to more than 85,000 journals - with more than
1.1 million articles downloaded in 2018
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Over 250 databases
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More than 7,500 physical music scores
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Over 25,000 children's books in the Betty A. McDonald Children's Literature Collection

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More than 76,000 historical and archival items in the
Clarke Historical Library

CMU Libraries play an important role in supporting research and instructional activities for faculty and students. The library collects and preserves resources in a variety of formats, languages, and subjects for all disciplines.



Journals
Journals
The library offers access to more than 85,000 journals in support of user's research and learning needs. View the A-Z list.

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Book Collections
Books 
Curated to support student learning, degree programs and cirricula, we own over 650,000 print titles and provide access to over 700,000 ebooks, which can be searched using Library Smart Search.

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Databases
Databases
We provide access to over 250 online databases that users can find on the disciplinary subjects page or A-Z list.

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Betty A McDonald Children’s Collection
Betty A McDonald Children’s Literature Collection  
The Betty A. McDonald Children’s Literature Collection consists of over 25,000 volumes of outstanding works for young people, including picture books as well as fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. The collection is located on the 4th floor of Park Library. Many of the books contained in the collection are award-winning titles of prestigious children’s literature prizes such as the Caldecott, Newberry, and Coretta Scott King awards. For more information on the books included in the collection, please see the collection guide. 

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Films/Videos/Streaming Media/Sound Recordings
Videos 
CMU Libraries provides access to video resources in physical and online formats. For more information on streaming resources, please visit the guide to streaming video collections and the guide to streaming audio collections.

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 Reference Collections
Reference Collections 
We provide access to many online and print reference resources including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, which can be accessed through Library Smart Search. Examples of popular reference resources include Gale Virtual Reference Library, Oxford ReferenceOxford Handbooks OnlineIssues and Controversies, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Newspapers
The complete collection of online newspapers can be discovered through  Smart Search by limiting your search to newspapers. We have online subscriptions to The New York Times,   The Wall Street Journal,  and  The Chronicle of Higher Education. We also have print subscriptions to local, state, national and international newspapers which are available on the Park Library's second floor. For more information, please visit the  library guide for newspaper collection.


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Clarke Children's Material
Clarke Historical Library
The Clarke Historical Library collects, preserves, and promotes nationally recognized collections including materials on the history of Michigan and the Old Northwest Territory, the history of Central Michigan University, children's literature, campaign biographies of United States presidential candidates, the history of angling, and historic Michigan newspapers.


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CMU Scholarly and Creative Works 
CMU Scholarly and Creative Works is an online repository that provides open access to more than 1,000 CMU theses and dissertations, undergraduate research projects, and faculty/staff research projects.

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Government Documents
Government Documents  
We have been a selective government documents depository library since 1958 and provide access to more than 500,000 publications of the United States government. Our collection consists of online and print items, and microform. Users can use Library Smart Search and GPO Monthly Catalog to access the collection.

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Music Scores
Music Resources 
We develop and maintain a collection of music that includes over 7,500 print scores available on the 4th floor of Park Library, as well as electronic scores accessible through Smart Search. For more information about music scores, please see the Music Resource guide. Additionally, more than 11,000 CDs and 6,000 LPs are available at the Music Resource Center in the School of Music.

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Art Collection
The CMU Libraries stewards the majority of the Central Michigan University Art Collection which contains over 700 unique works of art created by alumni and nationally recognized artists. New acquisitions are continually added. The works are displayed throughout the campus, includng Park Library, and range from monumental sculptures to prints, paintings, fiber art, ceramics and drawings. 

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Legal materials 
CMU Libraries provide access to major legal resources through two databases Westlaw and HeinOnline. Remote access to these databases is limited to individuals with a CMU email address.

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Statistics and Datasets
Statistics and Datasets  
We subscribe to a number of databases of statistics and datasets. Users can access the Libraries’ subscriptions through the Statistics and Datasets research guide. 

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Open Access  
Open Access (OA) is a term for barrier-free online access to scholarly literature. The CMU Libraries promote the use of OA journals by including quality OA journal titles in the library catalog Library Smart Search. Users can search OA publications from a variety of sources: SmartSearchWeb of ScienceDirectory of Open Access Journals, or ROAR.

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Park Library Building
Park Library
The University Library and the Clarke Historical Library are both located in the Park Library building on CMU's main campus in Mount Pleasant. Renovated in 2002, the magnificent building houses physical collections including books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, and videos. Users may access the Libraries’ online collections on or off campus including at one of 300+ public computers in the
Park Library.


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