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Independent Libraries
Enrich Research Environment

The University Library is by far
the largest, most comprehensive li-
brary on the U-M campus. But it is not
the only library, nor the only excellent
one. Several independently admini-
stered libraries contribute richly to the
University's broad research environ-
ment. They give special attention to
distinctive collections that benefit re-
searchers in many disciplines. Their
regulations and policies may differ
from the University Library's, but
their goals in the interest of teaching
and research are the same, which
makes these libraries well worth
knowing about and using.
William L. Clements Library of
American History
909 South University, 764-2347
Established in, 1922, the Cle-
ments Library houses primary source
material for the study of America from
its discovery through the nineteenth
century. The Americana include rare
books, manuscripts, maps, music,
prints, original art, and newspapers
and periodicals in holdings of some
60,000 volumes, 1,000 feet of manu-
scripts, 2,000 prints, and 40,000
pieces of nineteenth-century sheet
music. The Clements is known inter-
nationally for its collections of seven-
teenth- and eighteenth-century
Americana and for manuscripts relat-
ing to the British side of the American

Revolutionary War. Long known,
also, for its collections pertaining to
the American anti-slavery move-
ment, the Library has greatly in-
creased its holdings in Civil War
soldiers' letters and journals, as well
as in manuscripts generally related to
social and economic history.
The Clements Library may be
used by U-M faculty members and
students holding valid"identification.
The collections are most useful to
researchers who are already well
prepared in relevant secondary litera-
ture. Further details about using the
Library's resources may be gathered
in a meeting with a staff member.
Gerald R. Ford Library
1000 Beal Avenue, North Campus,
The Gerald R. Ford Library is
part of a system of presidential librar-
ies administered by the National Ar-
chives and Records Administration.
It collects, preserves, and promotes
research into the history of the career
of President Ford and of contempora-
neous public issues. Collections in-
clude millions of paper and audio-
visual items accumulated by Mr.
Ford and his advisors and assistants
during more than a quarter-century of
public service. Its related holdings
include the papers of Arthur Burns,
Federal Reserve Board Chairman,

and records of the National Council
for U.S.-China Trade.
The Ford Library serves stu-
dents, teachers, scholars, lawyers,
journalists, government officials, and
other citizens who have research
interests in recent United States his-
tory. Library staff members also
conduct one senior-level course on
the presidency each year, using the
Library's collections as primary re-
source materials.
Kresge Business Administration
School of Business Administra-
tion, 764-7356
The Kresge Business Admini-
stration Library is one of the nation's
largest business libraries. Its 210,000
volumes cover such areas as account-
ing and finance, business economics
and public policy, computer and in-
formation systems, corporate strat-
egy and operations management,
human resources management, in-
surance, international business, law
and history, marketing, organiza-
tional behavior, real estate, and statis-
tics and management science. The
Library also maintains special collec-
tions that hold corporate annual re-
ports, lOKs and proxies, census data,
Central Bank Reports, and working
papers. Its Career Resources Center
provides extensive company infor-

mation files.
Library borrowing privileges are
extended to all University faculty,
staff, and students. During certain
posted hours in the regular school
year, only Business Administration
faculty and students, and others with
permission, may use the Library.
Further details are available at the
Library service desk.
Law Library
Law Quadrangle, 764-9322
The Law Library is an important
center for legal research not only for
faculty and students in the School of
Law; lawyers, judges, and scholars
from elsewhere in America and from
foreign nations also make extensive
use of the Library's 660,000 vol-
umes. The collection includes reports
of American federal and state courts,
court reports of Great Britain and the
Commonwealth and of most Euro-
pean and South American countries.
Current and past constitutions of
most nations and of the American
states are also held. Legal documents
of the United Nations, the European
community, and other supra-national
authorities are collected; the Library
is a depository for EEC documents.
Extensive holdings in the fields of
Roman law,, international and com-
parative law, trials, biography, and
legal bibliography are maintained.

LEXIS and WESTLAW online sys-
tems are heavily used for research.
Use of the Law Library is open
to the U-M community under sepa-
rate regulations, which may be ob-
tained by calling or visiting the
main public service desk.
Michigan Historical Collections,
Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Avenue, North Cam-
pus, 764-3482
Established in 1935, the
Michigan Historical Collections
gathers and preserves materials
documenting the history of the
State of Michigan. The
Collections also serves as the
archives of The University of
Michigan. Resources consist of
manuscript and printed collections,
as well as photographs, maps,
newspapers, audio-visual
materials, and ephemera.The
Guide to Manuscripts in the
Bentley Historical Library (1976)
is the essential introduction to
these holdings. The Bentley, a
closed-stack, non-circulating
research library, provides a quiet
reading room and staff assistance
for its users. It welcomes interest
from the entire U-M community
and issues a "Guide to the Use of
the Bentley Historical Library" to
acquaint researchers with its rules
and services. Researchers requiring
audio-visual materials are asked to
make arrangements ahead of their
Other libraries
Researchers are reminded that
many academic departments, re-
search institutes, and other units at
U-M maintain their own private
libraries. Upon request, some of
these libraries admit visitors to their
resources for work on specific re-
search projects.
Graduate Library
Each September, group orienta-
tion tours of the Graduate Library,
by far the largest and most complex
of the University Library's facili-
ties, are offered to faculty members
and students. Schedules and sign-up
lists are located at Circulation Serv-
ices, Room 104 North.
The University of Michigan
University Library
Robert M. Warner, Interim Director
Carla J. Stoffle, Deputy Director
Editor: Richard Parmater
We sincerely thank the many
librarians, staff personnel, and
other members of the University
community who have contributed
their thoughtful words and ideas to
this introduction to the University


The University of Michi




From the Library Director

Whether or not you are a new
student on the University of Michigan
campus, you will probably discover
some new information about Library
services in this supplement. Certainly,
everyone will be learning about our
new online catalog, which we call
MIRLYN. Even if you don't have
time now to read this entire newspa-
per, at least look at the article about
this new automated way to get the in-
formation you need for of all the pa-

pers you're going to do this fall.
In these pages you will find an
overview of the various libraries
across campus and you will find some
information on the various special
services offered to students, such as
the Peer Information Counseling pro-
gram and the Term Paper Assistance
Program in the Undergraduate Li-
brary. Each individual library also has
brochures or leaflets that introduce its
particular collection and services-

look for those and ask the library staff
for any questions you may have.
The Library has always played a
pivotal role in the life of the Univer-
sity of Michigan. The very first ap-
pointment made by the Board of
Regents in 1837, at their first meeting,
was that of the University Librarian.
The continuing central focus on this
institution has made the University of
Michigan Library one of the greatest
collections in the country, staffed by

the n
Li bi

Robert M. Warner

Moving Through
the System
Regulations and Procedures for
Borrowing Library Materials Make
Access Easy and Fair for Everyone

Excellence at the Cor

Phone Numbers
Graduate Library Building
Circulation Svcs., 764-0400
Documents Ctr., 764-0410
Faculty Microcomputer Facility,
Information Center., 764-9373
Interlibrary Loan, 764-8584
Map Library, 764-0407
Microform Reading Rm., 764-2389
Online Search Svcs., 936-2408
Preservation Ofc., 763-9316
Rare Books, 764-9377
Serials Svcs. & Records, 764-0503
747-FAST, 747-3278
Stacks Ofc., 764-0413
Undergraduate Library Building
AGeneral, 764-7490
Microcomputer Ctr., 763-5406
Reference Desk, 763-4141
Reserve Svc., 764-7493
Buhr Facility
Reading Rm., 764-9364
Stacks Ofc., 763-9089

A Library Needs Friends, Too!

The Friends of the University of
Michigan Library is an organization
of faculty members, students,
alumni, and other concerned per-
sons who personally support the
Library's work in building and
maintaining one of the world's great
research collections. Over the past
two years, funds collected from
membership fees and gifts have been
given mainly to the Library's huge
effort to save older, deteriorating
U-M students are invited to join

the Friends at the special student rate
of$10.00 per year. Members receive
mailings about Library activities
and invitations to special events that
benefit the organization's work.
Recent programs have included
readings by the American writers
Judith Guest and Marge Piercy.
Membership forms may be ob-
tained from the north circulation
desk, 104 Graduate Library,and sent
to the Friends in care of the Library
Development Office, 818 Graduate

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Library Hours Online
A listing of regular and special
hours for all University Library fa-
cilities is available online through
the campus computer network
UMnet. Users should first enter the
response UMLIBHOURS to to the
"Which host?" prompt. Several
commands can then be chosen:
ALL - to see regular hours for all li-
LIST - to see a list of abbreviations
for all libraries offering separate
entries (each of which may be re-
quested separately);
SPECIAL - to see a list of special
holiday or intersession hours.
This information is updated
regularly throughout the year.
Copying with
Library patrons can easily make
photocopies without coins by
purchasinga VendaCardiat any
dispensing machine. By "charging"
value with $1 and $5 bills fed into
the same machines, your encoded
mag-tape card will always be ready
whenever you need to copy

A library is at the heart of every
great university. Quiet yet vibrant
with intellectual activity, it preserves
the cumulative record of speculation,
scholarship, and expression generated
throughout the ages while also en-
couraging fresh responses to experi-
ence and knowledge. And it responds
to change within its own resources, as
well. Joining the traditional medium
of print over thepast century have
been such advances as microforms,
photoduplication, audio/visual me-
dia, electronic storage, searching and
retrieval systems, and interlibrary
telecommunications networks, all of
which reveal, and indeed often gener-
ate, new possibilities for scholarly
activity. In any university, in other
words, the library is part of a vital or-
ganism that finds intellectual nourish-
ment in new resources and technolo-
gies, and in new accomplishments.
The University of Michigan Li-
brary has been growing and changing

for a century and a half. Today its
international reputation as a major
research facility is firmly established.
With hundreds of talented staff mem-
bers, over 6,000,000 volumes, 66,000
serials, and burgeoning electronic
systems, it serves the entire Univer-
sity with a comprehensive body of
collections and services. And as the
fifth largest academic library in the
nation, it stands as a leading partici-
pant in interlibrary programs for re-
source-sharing and preservation.
As an entire system, the Univer-
sity Library operates through a cen-
tralized, coordinating administration
on the one hand and a network of dis-
tributed public service facilities on the
other. What this means from the user's
point of view is that our overall pres-
ence in the U-M scholarly community
is, first of all, the product of unified
planning and development leading to
a remarkably comprehensive, bal-
anced collection of materials. But in

The borrowing of library materi-
als it U-M is currently coordinated
through the Geac automated circula-
tion system in the following Univer-
sity Library units: Graduate, Under-
graduate, Engineering, North Engi-
neering, Taubman Medical, Natural
Science, University Reserve Service,
Art and Architecture, Public Health,
Dentistry, and Music. Other libraries
currently use manual systems for re-
cording circulation. Eventually, all
circulation records will be handled by
the new MIRLYN automated system.
The Geac system gives staff
members the ability to charge books
out to patrons efficiently, send over-
due notices, and keep track of where
the Library's materials are at any
given time. Library patrons can use
public Geac terminals themselves in
the Graduate, Undergraduate, Natural
Science, Taubman, and Engineering
libraries. Searching by author, title, or
call number, they can look for books
to find out if they are checked out, and
if checked out, when they are due, and
determine what books are on reserve
for a particular course.
These Geac services will be

phased out soon, as MIRLYN contin-
ues to grow, but for now and through
much of this school year, Geac will be
your primary access point for infor-
mation on the status of Library mate-
The Nuts and Bolts of Borrowing
University Library borrowing
privileges are extended to enrolled
students and members of the faculty
and staff. Guest privileges are ex-
tended to faculty members from other
Michigan universities, as well. Addi-
tional exceptions and individual cir-
cumstances, such as the privileges
given by Dentistry and Medical li-
braries to some local practitioners, are
handled separately.
Students must present their valid
U-M identification card to withdraw
items. Graduate Student Teaching As-
sistants and Research Assistants may
obtain faculty-level borrowers' cards
by presenting their appointment card
or verification letter to the Circulation
Services secretary in Room 104,
Graduate Library North.
Students and staff members are
See Circulation page 5

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Access! A
Access. It's the essential
function of any library: getting you
and research material together. At
their most efficient, a library's
access services are hardly noticed--
you need a book, you go to a shelf,
acid there it is. Librarians have
already anticipated the item's
usefulness, perhaps years ago or a
century ago, and you now stand
with theevidence of their good
judgment and foresight in your
hands. The world has worked right!
In a library as large and well
chosen as U-M's, this is how routine
searches usually turn out. But a re-

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search library's true test of access
comes when that book or microfilm,
journal or photograph, musical score
or map isn't where you'd like to find it.
The empty feeling of knowing that
there's one source that would supply
an answer or bibliography or quota-
tion just perfectly and that it's no-
where to be found is one we've all ex-
perienced. And it's one that the Uni-
versity Library tries to set right as
often as it can. We can't get you eve-
rything you need, but we'll try to get
you almost anything, from our own fa-
cilities nearby or from collections

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Students in thefirst "computer generation" make the Microcomputer Center
in the Undergraduate Library one of the busiest facilities on campus.

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