CMU Libraries play an important role in supporting research and instructional activities for faculty and students. We collect and preserve resources in a variety of formats, languages and subjects for all disciplines.


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


Curated to support student learning, degree programs and curricula, we own in excess of 650,000 print titles and provide access to more than 875,000 eBooks, which can be searched using Library Smart Search.


We provide access to 300+ online databases that users can find on the disciplinary subjects page or an A-Z list.


CMU Libraries provide 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.

Betty A McDonald Children’s Literature Collection

The Betty A. McDonald Children’s Literature Collection consists of more than 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 fourth 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.

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 Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Issues and Controversies and Opposing Viewpoints in Context.


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, and print copies of the Morning Sun available on the Park Library's second floor.

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.

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.

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, as well as microforms. Users can use Library Smart Search and GPO Monthly Catalog to access the collection.

Music resources

We develop and maintain a collection of music that includes over 7,500 print scores, and more than 11,000 CDs and 6,000 LPs available on the fourth 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.

Art collections

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, including Park Library, and range from monumental sculptures to prints, paintings, fiber art, ceramics and drawings.

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.

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.

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: SmartSearch, Web of Science, Directory of Open Access Journals or ROAR.