The University Library in the Park Library building houses a collection of over 1,025,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and documents and maintains approximately 3,570 periodical and newspaper subscriptions and offers online access to hundreds of full-text databases. The University Library also has a significant microform collection of 1,320,000 items which includes long periodical and newspaper runs, as well as large sets of education research reports, early English and American books, presidential papers, and other scholarly materials. The Library is a selective depository for U.S. and Michigan government documents and maps. Items not available on site can be obtained from other sources around the world through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan office.
More than just a collection of books and periodicals, the University Library provides a large array of library services and study areas which are open nearly 100 hours/week. An extended hours study room offers additional hours of study space.
CENTRA, the Library’s online catalog helps users find books, periodicals, music scores, maps, and audio-visual materials.
Within the library building, over 300 workstations are equipped with high-speed Ethernet connections to the Internet. Wireless Internet access is also available in the building, and students can check out a laptop computer for use in the building. The University Library has licensed access to hundreds of thousands of magazine and journal articles in arts and humanities; social and behavioral sciences; health, physical, and life sciences; business; and education.
Reference librarians are available every day of the week to assist students and faculty with reference questions and research projects. In addition to offering personal assistance from the reference desk, librarians also respond to inquiries via telephone, and e-mail. They also offer library instruction to classes and teach LIB 197, a one-credit course in basic library research skills. The University Library holds a wide variety of general and subject-specific indexes, abstracts, and other research materials, some in print and some in electronic format. Reference librarians and staff will be glad to assist users in selecting and effectively accessing all of these resources.
Photocopy machines, including those for microforms and printers are available throughout the library for the convenience of patrons. Visually impaired patrons may use equipment and materials located in Student Disabilities Services on the first floor. Individual study rooms are also available.
Hours of service are posted in the library and at the entrances, but patrons may call 989-774-3294 for current library hours or 989-774-1100 for more information.