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August 29, 1967 - Image 43

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Booked-to-Capacity Libraries Bound To Be H


There is no more noble monu-
ment that man may construct in
his honor than that of a library
system. Through this complex col-
lection of books, periodicals, maps,
records, tapes, microfilms, and
other such recordings, humanity
seeks to leave posterity a systema-
k£ tized presentation of the expecta-
tions, follies, and successes of all
that has gone before in the world.
Nowhere is this task more dili-
gently and carefully undertaken
than at a university-an institu-
tion dedicated to the education of
new generations and the search
for new knowledge.
There are presently over 30 li-
braries and library service divi-
sions here at the University cov-
ering almost every subject and
discipline imaginable - from the
Undergraduate Library (UGLI)
with its ever-popular snack bar
in the basement to the foreboding
Clements Library with its payroll
lists of General George Washing-
ton's army in the American Revo-
lution. With nearly four million
volumes, the University Library is
the fifth largest college library in
the nation.
However, learning to effectively
use the tremendous amount of

valuable material available in the
library system is a challenge equal
even to Frederick Wagman, direc-
tor of University libraries. Most
enterprising students learn this
truly systematic system by trial
and error. The following may help
you do just a little less fumbling.
The General Library, or as it
is sometimes called, the Graduate
Library, the huge brown morgue
situated on the south side of the'
Diag, holds over 1.4 million of the
University's four million volumes
-not only printed books, but
manuscripts, maps and microfilms
and even songsheets.
Because of its strange construc-
tion many freshman have trouble
locating material in the General
Library. The building consists of
a basement, four public floors, and
an adjacent book stack of ten
floors. There is no correspondence
in the numbering of the public
floors and the stack floors, but
students may easily find their way
by noticing that the fifth stack
level adjoins the second public
floor and that the stack entrances
in the public foyer lead directly to
the third stack level.
Browsing and usage of the col-
lections of the General Library
are privileges reserved for regis-
tered students, members of the

faculty and staff of the University.
Readers are expected to find the
books they want through the use
of the Public Catalogue.
The Public Catalogue, located
on the second public floor of the
General Library, is a record of all
books held by the complex of Uni-
versity divisional libraries, includ-
ing cards for the William L.
Clements Library, the Law Li-
brary, and the Michigan Historical
Collections. The Public Catalogue
is supplemented by two separate
serials and periodicals records
called the Continuations Check
List (Room 100) and the Current
Check List (Room 106). These
contain volume by volume records
of all numbered publications held
by the University Library.
Posted Directories
Directories are posted through-
out the stacks showing where
books of a certain library number
are shelved.
On every stack level, there are
a number of carrels, which are
small alcoves containing desks,
chairs and book cases. The carrels
belong, for a one year period, to
graduate students, who apply to
the library's circulation depart-
ment for a carrel assignment.
Carrels are reserved exclusively

for the persons to whom they are
Undergraduate students may
study in the Reference Room, or
the Graduate Reserve Room. In
the Reference Room are assem-
bled more than 10,000 reference
books in all subject fields, includ-
ing the major indexes, encyclo-
pedias, dictionaries, censuses, col-
lective biographies, and telephone
directories. The Graduate Reserve
Room contains all assigned books
for graduate courses and volumes
of recent periodicals.
Rare Book Room
As a separate division within the
General Library, the Rare Books
and Special Collections Room
(110) is also open to undergradu-
ates, although it is used predomi-
nantly by graduate students and
faculty members. This division is
a repository for rare and precious
books in all subject fields except
medicine. Its collections include
works concerning such diverse
areas as the English theatre, the
Philippines, science, mathematics,
and English and American litera-
ture. The collection of papyri is
of world renown.
The General Library presently
houses over 41 per cent of the
University's total holdings. Con-
struction of the Storage Annex on
North Campus, along with the
various additions and renovations,
brought temporary relief of criti-
cal space shortages. However, the
General Library is again, over-
crowded with an annual increase
in volumes averaging over 61,000.
General Library Annex
The construction of the new
General Library Annex which was
begun this summer will hopefully
relieve the pressing space problem.
The annex will consist of eight
floors of stacks, carrels, and staff
work space, and will be connected
with the old building at several
levels. The building is designed
with an arcade at ground level so
that foot traffic can go unimpeded.
Special facilities for the new
building include the rare book
room, map room, and proper air
conditioning and humidity con-
trol for storage of rare books,
manuscripts, and papyri.
Completion is scheduled early in
1969, but further library construc-
tion is already in the planning
stages. As soon as the new build-
ing is occupied, renovation of the
General Library is scheduled to
start. The major purpose will be
to convert some of the space freed'
by occupancy of the new struc-
ture for more efficient use by the
staff or for public use.
Funding for the new annek will;
be provided through a federally
approved grant, a loan from the
College Facilities Branch of the.
Office of Education, and alloca-
tions from the undesignated gifts

of the University's $55-Million
The Regents have also approved
the pledging of $340,000 from stu-
dent fees in 1967-68 to begin re-
payment of the federal loan.
Undergraduate Library
Limited space, as well as the
realization that the General Li-
brary could not meet some of the
needs of the undergraduate liter-
ary college student, forced the
University to build a library spe-
cifically designed for their use.
The UGLI collection is aimed
directly for the undergraduate,
stocking all assigned books for
undergraduate courses, in addition
to a large periodical collection.
Books assigned for courses are
placed on either overnight reserve
or closed reserve. An overnight
book can only be taken out after
7:30. A closed reserve book usually
does not circulate outside the
building, but many closed reserve
books may also be tsken out on an
overnight basis. UGLI periodicals
do not circulate. General Library
periodicals do circulate outside the
building. The rest of the UGLI
collection is composed of general
background reading which usually
General Realm
While the General Library is
designed for extensive research in
specific topics, the UGLI is the
realm of the undergraduates, still
concentrating on more general
The UGLI is primarily a place
to study, containing study spaces
for over 2,351 persons.
The UGLI has, since its open-
ing in 1958, become something of
an institution. The UGLI is un-
doubtedly one of the most utilized
buildings on campus. Last year
alone 268,000 books were taken
home by students, 1,096,000 vol-
umes were charged out at the
desk, 59,000 listeners used the au-
dio room on the second floor of
the library, and 17,000 volumes
each semester were placed on re-
The unique staffing of the UGLI
provides the student with almost
any needed assistance. Two refer-
ence libraries work 12 hours a
day Monday through Friday, and
eight hours on both Saturday and
Sunday. They are located on the
main floor of the building near
the catalogue for this divisional
unit. There are also ten profes-
sional librarians and three student
work-study scholars in library
science on the staff.
In addition to these persons,
approximately 212 student assist-
ants work throughout the build-
ing during the year, functioning
in the capacity of everything from
stackers to desk supervisors.
In addition to its volumes and
instructional libraries, the UGLI

Clements Library Houses Valuable Documents from Early American History

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