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The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library:
Specialized Collections, Campuswide Services

With its monumental North
Building and its modern South Build-
ing rising high above the Diag, the Har-
lan Hatcher Graduate Library stands as
one of the most prominent structures
on the Central Campus. The building
contains the Library system's primary
research collection in the humanities
and social sciences, but the entire
campus community draws upon its
special services and departments.
The Graduate Library's total col-
lection exceeds two and one-half mil-
lion volumes written in several
hundred languages and covering a
broad array of subject specialties. Al-
though focussed on the humanities and
social sciences, the collection supports
a wide range of scholarly activities. Its
strengths include English and French
local history; papyrology; history and
culture of Germany, the Netherlands,
and Central Europe; classical archae-
ology; English literature; the history of
science; social and political move-
ments; and area studies encompassing
South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Near
East, and Slavic countries.
A collection of this magnitude
clearly requires a great deal of shelving
space: ten floors in the North Building
and another four in the South Building.
But a library is much more than books
and serials. The Graduate Library of-
fers a congenial atmosphere for study
and a wide range of services to help its
patrons find and use the materials they
Information Center - 2nd Floor
The Information Center is the
place to go for assistance in working
with the reference collection, the cata-
log, and the online circulation system.
Patrons may also wish to stop by the
Center to request items through inter-
library loan, delivery of books from
the Buhr remote shelving facility, re-
search consultations with specialist
librarians, and other special services.
The Information Center is located just
outside the main Reference Room and
is staffed whenever the library is open.
Main Reference Room - 2nd Floor
The Reference Room collection
of over 20,000 volumes contains a
wide variety of encyclopedias, cata-
logs, directories, and other works the
staff has found to be essential in re-
sponding to patrons' questions. Of
particular note is its microfiche collec-
tion of telephone books from around
the United States and its Grants Col-
Grants Collection
The Reference Room's Grants
Collection offers many materials help-
ful in identifying potential sources of
funding support for research and other

projects. The Collection itself con-
tains a number of reference books that
describe foundation, corporate, fed-
eral, and private sources of funds.
These are supplemented by files con-
taining the annual reports of selected
foundations and microcard copies of
the federal tax records (990 PFs) of
Michigan foundations. A designated
Grants Librarian in the Reference De-
partment offers general assistance in
identifying and locating appropriate
research materials for persons seeking
grant funding.
Index Room - 2nd Floor North
The Index Room, next to the In-
formation Center, houses a collection
of major periodical and newspaper
indexes, indexes to book reviews, and
the most important bibliographies in
the social sciences and humanities. In
addition to having paper versions,
some of these resources-Psychologi-
cal Abstracts, Resources in Education,
Current Journals in Education, and
Social Sciences Index-are available
in CD-ROM format. The Information
Center staff can make appointments
with patrons for fee-based searches of
other bibliographic data bases.
Catalog Services
The introduction of the
MIRLYN Public Catalog offers full
catalog access to materials received
by the Library in the past decade, as
well as to all periodicals currently
received. In fact, over the next three
years, the Library's entire catalog is
scheduled to become available in
MIRLYN. At present, however, the
Graduate Library's Public Card
Catalog offers the only consolidated
listing of our holdings of materials
recorded up to May 1988. The staff
at the Information Center will aid in
coordinating patrons' use of the card
catalog, MIRLYN, and the Geac
automated circulation system (which
will continue in use for much of this
school year).
Reference Consultations
In addition to help offered at the
Information Center, reference service
is available over the telephone and
through the MTS message system.
The Information Center telephone
numbers are 764-9373 and 764-9366,
and its MTS address is "Graduate
Library Reference." Questions placed
over MTS normally receive a response
within one working day.
Reference Department librarians
represent the major selection areas
within the Graduate Library. They are
available for research consultations
whenever patrons need to discuss re-
search for apaper, thesis, article, book,
or other project in which our special-
ists' expertise would be helpful. These
meetings offer more in-depth, indi-

vidualized attention than is possible at
the Information Center. Reference li-
brarians are also available for general
and subject-oriented instruction on li-
brary resources and research strategies
to classes through course-related lec-
tures, tours, and data base demonstra-
Microform Reading Room - Room
203 North
The MRR contains hundreds of
thousands of newspapers, periodicals,
dissertations, government
publications, university catalogs,
ERIC reports, manuscripts, and other
items in microfilm, microfiche, and
other formats. Microform readers,
reader-printers, a separate card catalog,
and indexes and guides are available.
The Room's collection contains
Pravda, the New York Times,
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,
Detroit News, Detroit Free Press,
Ann Arbor News, Michigan Daily,
and other newspapers; many scholarly
and popular journals; University of
Michigan dissertations; ERIC
documents, FBIS and government
reports; college catalogs; and such
special sets as the Schomburg
Clipping File on Black History, the
British Manuscripts Project, and the
National Inventory Documents
Service on American Archives.
Serials Services and Records - 2nd
Floor South
This unit holds the Graduate
Library's collection of some 5,000 un-
bound periodicals and 150 domestic
and foreign newspapers for use in its
reading room. In addition, its staff
provides information on serial hold-
ings throughout the University Library
system. The Department also receives
serials and maintains records in the
Central Serials Records and the Vis-
ible File. Personnel are available
whenever the Graduate Library is
Documents Center - Room 320
The Documents Center provides
access to and reference services for the
publications of government bodies.
The University receives approxi-
mately 82% of all items published by
the federal government each year. It is
also a depository for the State of
Michigan, the United Nations, the
Food and Agricultural Organization,
the South Pacific Commission, and the
government of Canada.
Many U.S. documents published
since 1983 are located in the Docu-
ments Center itself. Its holdings focus
especially on categories related to
economics, foreign relations, federal
laws, social welfare, the civil service,
education, and statistics. Many spe-
cialized documents are sent to our

The Music Library is a part of the School of Music on North Campus.

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Music Library, 3239 Moore Bldg.,
North Campus, 764-2512
The Library's collection of over
100,000 volumes includes books on
music and dance, performance and
study scores, and sound recordings in
several formats (LPs, CDs, and video
cassettes). The collection's emphasis
is on classical music, but jazz, musical
theater, and pop music are also repre-
sented. Rare materials include strong
holdings in 18th-century opera and
chamber music, the Women's Music
Collection, which contains about 2000
compositions written by women from
1750 to 1950, and the Montgomery
Collection of Popular American Sheet
Music-about 22,000 pieces, includ-
ing some 4,500 by Black composers.
Online searching in humanities
data bases is available upon request.
Sound recordings can be listened to in
the library; they do not circulate. Our
MTS address is "Music Library."
Natural Science Library, 3140
Kraus Natural Science Bldg.,

is available; online reference service is
provided on a daily basis, Monday
through Friday. Upon request,
bibliographic instruction sessions and
course reserve service are provided.
Special strengths of the collection
include soil surveys and unique copies
of masters theses from the Depart-
ments of Biology and Geological Sci-
ences (in LS&A) and the School of
Natural Resources. Over 40% of the
collection is stored at the Buhr remote
shelving facility; stored materials are
available by means of a paging system,
Mondays through Fridays. Buhr re-
quests submitted by 10am are usually
delivered by 2pm the same day.
Physics-Astronomy Library, 290
Dennison, 764-3442
The collections of the Physics-Astron-
omy Library are made up of some
65,000 volumes. Primary users are
faculty and students in the Physics
Department and Astronomy Depart-
ment. The physics collection contains
predominantly upper level material in
high energy, solid state, particle, and
low temperature physics, astrophys-
ics, and acoustics. The astronomy
collection contains both general and

Services include reference and
data base searching in such data bases
as Inspec, SciSearch, and Spin.
Public Health Library, M2030
School of Public Health II,764-5473
This library serves faculty and stu-
dents associated with the School of
Public Health, as well as the U-M aca-
demic community as a whole. Materi-
als housed in the Public Health Library
encompass a broad range of subjects
related to public health, including en-
vironmental and industrial health; ma-
ternal and child health; population
planning; health behavior and health
education; community health pro-
grams; biostatistics; nutrition; epi-
demiology; and public health policy
and administration. The collection is
also notable for its U.S. Public Health
Service and World Health Organiza-
tion publications and its comprehen-
sive selection of documents generated
by the Michigan Radioactive Waste
Control Committee. The Reference
Collection houses a variety of impor-
tant statistical sources, such as the U.S.
National Center for Health Statistics'
Vital and Health Statistics and Vital
Statistics of the United States, Mortal-
ity and Natality. Pamphlets, books,
and journals of the Health Services
Management and Policy Collection
are also available.
Library services include refer-
ence assistance, bibliographic instruc-
tion, and online data base searching.
Social Work Library, 1548 Frieze
Bldg., 764-5169
With holdings of some 37,000 vol-
umes and 500 periodicals, including
reprint collections, a vertical file, and
strong collections of current informa-
tion pertaining to social work and so-
cial welfare, the Social Work Library
primarily serves the research and
teaching needs of the U-M School of
Social Work. Scholars in other areas of
the social sciences are drawn to this
library's relevant collections, as well.
Special services include online
data base searching, bibliographic in-

struction, and reference. A lift is avail-
able for entrance to the library by
handicapped patrons. Questions may
be sent to "Social Work Library" via
Taubman Medical Library, 1135 E.
Catherine Street, 763-3071
The Alfred Taubman Medical Library
collects biomedical science books and
journals to serve the information needs
of the School of Medicine, School of
Nursing, and University Hospitals.
Professional assistance in locat-
ing information, verifying references,
and conducting research is generally
available seven days a week. Online
searches in a wide variety of data bases
are available for a fee and are com-
pleted within 24 hours. Do-it-yourself
searches of MEDLINE and PsycLIT
Rare and
Handle w
The University Library was a
pioneer in the tradition of protecting
rare and valuable books. The segrega-
tion of these books at U-M began in
the early 1900s, when the Department
of Rare Books and Special Collec-
tions started building collections of
international distinction. It now
houses a variety of materials, some of
purely intrinsic value, others that have
been obtained because they are part of
a body of literature valuable to many
research enterprises.
The Department occupies the
seventh floor of the Hatcher Graduate
Library. An exhibit area immediately
adjacent to the elevator lobby offers a
changing display of materials, made
up, for the most part, of items owned
by the Department. These exhibits are
open to all, as are the collections them-
selves, in general. Individual materi-
als must be consulted in the nearby
reading room, which is staffed during
all open hours, lOam to noon and 1 to
5pm, Mondays through Fridays, and
10am to noon on Saturdays during the
regular school year. Visitors are ad-
vised to call ahead for hours during the
spring and summer terms and holiday
and intersession periods.
Catalogs of Departmental hold-
ings, including manuscripts and non-
book materials, are located in the
reading room. An attendant can assist
in the use of the catalogs, including the
online bibliographic data base on seri-
als and pamphlets in the Labadie
Collection, to help identify materials
for research, to advise in requests for
photocopying and filming, and to give
general research assistance and an-
swer questions about the collections.
The Department is a microcosm
of the Library as a whole. It collects
materials on virtually every subject of
importance to teaching and research
in the University, but the emphasis is
on primary source materials-manu-
scripts, first editions, eyewitness ac-
counts, key texts in the history of

The South Wing of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, home of the
largest single library collection on the Michigan campus.

branch and divisional libraries for
placement among relevant collec-
The Center now offers a number
of electronic data bases, including Op-
text, for access to the Federal Register
and Code of Federal Regulations; the
Hannah Associates data base ondaily
governmental happenings in the
Michigan and Ohio legislatures; and
the Economic Bulletin Board, pub-
lished by the Department of Com-
Circulation Services - North and
South Lobbies
Library materials may be charged
out and renewed at the north and south
circulation desks. The north desk also
takes requests for delivery of items
from Buhr, initiates searches for unlo-
cated materials, places currently circu-
lating items on hold or recall, and
collects fines.
Map Library - Room 825 South
This unit offers reference service
for its collection of 260,000
government and commercial maps--
topographic, geologic, historical,
demographic, etc.--for all areas of the
world. It also provides such related
items as atlases, gazetteers, tracing
tables, journals, aerial photographs,
and satellite images.
Area Programs - Room 110 North
Four area programs are housed
within the Graduate Library building:

Slavic, Near East, South Asia, and
Southeast Asia. Each program is
staffed by specialists with pertinent
language skills who perform compre-
hensive library services for their col-
lections in cooperation with the
University's multidisciplinary area
study centers. A separate reference
collection is maintained for these pro-
grams in Room 110 North.
Photoduplication Services - Room 2
This unit provides photocopying
on a fee basis. It is especially helpful
for copying materials that are not well
suited for use at self-service photo-
copying machines. Photoduplication
machines are located in many areas of
the building. They may be operated by
using coins or magnetic VendaCards,
which are sold from machines in sev-
eral locations in the Library system.
Seating is located throughout the
Graduate Library and most is available
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ph.D. candidates may apply for as-
signed carrels; any student may apply
for a book locker.
Hours: M-Thurs, 8am-midnight; F,
8am-10pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun,
Jpm-midnight. The schedule varies
during holidays, breaks, and interses-
sion periods.

Collections and services in the research materials pertaining to the
Natural Science Library support history of astronomy, astrophysics,
advanced scholarship in biology, and galactic and extragalactic astron-
geology, and natural resources.
Principal reference titles include omy. Special features include star
complete sets of Science Citation charts and extraterrestrial maps. The
Index, Biological Abstracts, and two collections are integrated in the
Bibliography and Index of Geology. library and both books and bound
Online searching of RLIN and other journals are shelved together and cir-
data bases via Dialog, BRS and STN culate.

Buhr Facility Provides
Space, Safety

Z i

Crowded stacks at all U-M li-
braries and the need to protect valu-
able books led to the opening several
years ago of the Buhr remote shelving
facility, about a half-mile west of
Central Campus. According to Jim
Cruse, Head of Circulation Services,
the Graduate Library is overstocked
at 110 percent capacity and other
campus libraries are experiencing
even worse conditions. "We are
trying to identify material, based on
date of publication and past use, to be
put at the Buhr facility," he says.
Out-of-print books and books
judged to be at risk are also shelved at

Buhr. "Large sets or portfolios that
have loose photos are irreplaceable,"
Cruse says. At the facility, materials
are protected in a controlled environ-
ment, averaging 65 degrees at 50 per-
cent relative humidity, from the ef-
fects of sunlight, pollution, high tem-
perature and humidity, and poor han-
dling practices.
To maximize use of space, Buhr
is a "high-density facility," where
books are arranged in closed stacks by
size rather than by call number se-
quence and where staff members re-
tneve materials for patrons. A com-
fortable reading room is provided for

persons who need to review non-cir-
culating items.
To facilitate easy access to circu-
lating items, materials held at Buhr
are so identified in the card catalog
and/or in the Library's automated
circulation system. Items requested at
library service desks on Sundays
through Thursdays are delivered for
pick-up by patrons on the next day.
Friday and Saturday requests are
filled on the following Mondays.
Patrons may also visit Buhr in person
to borrow circulating items directly.
The Buhr building, located at
200 Hill Street, is open from 8am to
4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

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