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U-M Debate Institutes

For participants in the U-M Debate Institute, this guide provides quick access to librarian-recommended books, journals, and databases.

Library Information

Read a list of  helpful tips about visiting the library and other library logistics. Have more research questions? Get in touch with your library liaison, Rocio Lopez at

Debate Institute Library Hours

You can visit the Shapiro Library on Mondays-Fridays from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. You must be accompanied by a debate faculty member or other camp leaders over the age of 18. Please follow library staff instructions while you are in the building. Debate Institute students are asked to work on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

Navigating Shapiro Library

Learn how to navigate Shapiro Library by viewing its floor plans, physical accessibility information, and more. See Visit Shapiro Library for information about different spaces and amenities in the building. 


There are restrooms on every floor.

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available on Floors 1, 2, 3, and 4. These do not have automatic doors.

Find single-stall, all-gender restrooms on floors 3 and 4 and the basement level.

Food and Drink

Food is permitted in study areas, if food items are handled with regard to the safety of library materials and the cleanliness of library facilities.

Lost and Found

If you misplace an item, check in at the 1st Floor Shapiro Information Services Desk to see if it has been turned in. Please do not leave your laptop, cell phone, purse, wallet, backpack, or other personal items unattended. Thefts do occur. If you think a personal item has been stolen, please visit the 1st Floor Information Services Desk for assistance.

Study Rooms

The following 2nd-floor Shapiro group study rooms have been booked for the Michigan Debate Institue, M-F, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.:

2122, 2124, 2126, 2132, 2134, 2136, 2138, 2140

Please note that these rooms are not private or soundproof, but they do have doors that close. There will be a sign on the door indicating that it is reserved for Debate.

Accessing Print Books

Many of the Library’s print collections are duplicated online. You may access print books in the library, but you cannot check out the books or take them outside the library.


See the U-M WiFi page for more information on logging in to WiFi on your laptop, phone, or tablet.

Scanning and Copying

See Printing, Scanning, Copying for more information. Debate Summer Institute students do not get a print allocation.

​PLEASE NOTE: Copyright law prohibits the reproduction of a work in its entirety. Interested in learning more? Refer to our Copyright Basics library research guide.

Ask a Librarian

Library staff is available at the Shapiro Information Services Desk in the 1st-floor lobby to help with questions regarding facilities, copying, printing, and library use. You can also contact a librarian via our Ask a Librarian instant messaging service. Contact Rocio Lopez, your librarian liaison, for more in-depth reference and research questions at