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Library Guide for International Students: Getting Started

New to the Library? This Guide will help you navigate the library to find books and articles, study spaces, and different ways of getting in touch with librarians and other staff for specific research and writing assistance.

Essential Library Information

Information for navigating the library, checking out books, and finding study spaces. 

Common Library Terms

Getting Started with Mirlyn

The Mirlyn catalog enables you to search and browse the University of Michigan Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more. 


Getting Started With ArticlesPlus

ArticlesPlus searches the majority of the library's databases at once for relevant articles. If you aren't sure where to start your research, or if you have an interdisciplinary topic, start with ArticlesPlus.

Contact Information

Shapiro Undergraduate Library Reference Staff
Shapiro Undergraduate Library

919 S. University

Ann Arbor MI 48109-1185

(734) 764-7490

Library Help

The current on-duty librarian for the library-wide Ask a Librarian IM service is available when you see a green dot at the top of the box.

See for additional contact methods.


This guide was created by Jharina Pascual, a graduate student from the University of Michigan School of Information.