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U-M Debate Institute 2022

This guide is for participants in the 2022 U-M Debate Institute. It provides quick access to librarian-recommended books, journals, and databases relating to the 2022 Debate Topic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about visiting the library and other library logistics. Have more research questions? Get in touch with your library liaisons (Catherine Morse at, or Henny Tasker at

When will I get to visit the Library?

You will be in the Shapiro Library (also known as the Undergraduate Library or the UgLi) Mondays-Fridays from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Whenever you visit this or any University Library, you must be accompanied by a debate faculty member or other camp leader over the age of 18. Please follow library staff instructions while you are in the building. Debate Institute students are asked to work in the 1st and 2nd floors of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

Where can I find a map of the Library?

You can find floor plans of the Library and descriptions of public amenities on the Shapiro Library Floor Plan webpage.

Can I eat and drink in the Library?

Yes! You can bring in beverages with covers or screw tops into the Shapiro Library. Please clean up after yourself and put wrappers and leftovers in the trash or recycling bins.

Do you have gender inclusive restrooms?

Yes, every bathroom in the Shapiro is gender inclusive. Single-stall inclusive restrooms are located on the 4th floor. If you need any assistance finding those single restrooms, please go to the Shapiro Circulation Desk in the first floor lobby.

Where is the Library Lost and Found?

We try to make the libraries a safe place, but thefts do occur. If you experience a theft or have lost an item, please visit the Shapiro Circulation Desk in the first floor lobby for assistance.

NEVER leave your laptop, cell phone, purse, wallet, medication, backpack, or any personal items unattended.

Where can I go to work privately with my debate group?

Several group study rooms on the 2nd floor of the Shapiro Library are reserved for your use Monday - Friday, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. There will be a sign on the door indicating that it is reserved for Debate.

How do I check out books?

Your library liaisons have developed a U-M Debate Institute 2022 Book List that you may find helpful when developing your debate argument. All of the books on the list are in digital (ebook) format.

Many of the Library’s print collections are duplicated online. However, since you are a guest and not a patron at the Library, your check-out process for print books is different:

  1. All physical materials (including books) must be checked out from the Askwith Media Library, located on the second floor of the Shapiro Library (Rm 2002).
  2. All physical materials (including books)may only be checked out for 2 hours and are for in-building use only.

Can I use the Library’s computers, printers, or scanners?

Yes! You can use any public computers,copiers, and scanners throughout the Shapiro Library. More information can be found on the Library’s Guest Computing and Printing webpage. You will have to visit the Shapiro Circulation Desk in the first floor lobby to set up a guest account and load your account with money to print or scan.

​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.

I still have a question that's library-related. Who can help me?

Library staff is available at the Shapiro Circulation Desk in the first floor lobby to help with questions regarding facilities, copying, printing and use of the library. You can also contact a librarian via our Ask a Librarian instant messaging service. Contact Henny Tasker or Catherine Morse, your librarian liaisons, for more in-depth reference and research questions.