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Art, Architecture and Engineering Library Orientation

Information to help students navigate the library and related resources, specifically focused on AAEL & the Duderstadt Center.

Books at AAEL

Find books at AAEL by searching in the Library's catalog.

Below is a list of books that are joining the collection at AAEL. You can find new books every week on the wooden shelf near the Service Desk on the 2nd floor.

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Answers to Common Questions at AAEL

These are answers to frequently asked questions at the AAEL.

  • There are 3 color printers - one next to the Information Desk on the first floor, one on the second floor, and one on the third floor.
  • The computers closest to the 2nd floor Service Desk have public access and only basic software on them. Guests logged in to these machines do not have access to email.
  • All of our books and bound journals are interfiled by call number. Find the location of your book by call number based on the Location of Materials at AAEL.
  • AAEL's Special Collections is located in the basement and there's even a display case where you can see some of our special items.
  • Scanners are located in GroundWorks and at some computing stations near the 2nd floor Service Desk. The copy machines also have the ability to scan a document and send it to your U-M email account.
  • Several copiers are scattered throughout the building. Use your MCard to deduct the cost of copying from your Basic Computing Package printing allotment. Guests can purchase a copy card at the 2nd floor Service Desk.
  • Staplers & a 3-hole punch are available next to the first floor Information Desk and in front of the Service Desk on the 2nd floor.
  • We have books that you can read for fun in our Recreational Reading Collection. Visit the reading area near the Service Desk on the 2nd floor.
  • You can check out special items like a laptop lock, calculator, earphones, and dry erase markers at the 2nd floor Service Desk.
  • Faxing may be done across the street in the Art & Architecture building. The Media Center (room 2115) will send faxes for a fee.
  • You can return books checked out from any U-M library at any other U-M library.
  • When searching in an online database, click on the MGet It button to see if U-M owns the full text of the article you want. 
  • You can have books sent to AAEL from other campus libraries by clicking on the Get This button in U-M Library Catalog.
  • U-M doesn't own the article you're looking for in either electronic or paper format? No problem! Use InterLibrary Loan to request that we get the article for you.
  • Don't want to deal with copying or scanning an article or getting a book from a library that's not convenient to go to? Check out 7FAST, our delivery system that is FREE for graduate students and faculty members!
  • Want to keep all your citations organized? You can learn about citation management programs on this guide: Citation Management Options.

Research Guides

You can use these guides to get started on research in your subject area.

Top Databases

These are our most popular databases used at AAEL to find articles.

Basic Info

The Art, Architecture & Engineering Library (AAEL), is home to collections for Engineering, Art & Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Theater studies. The library is housed in the Duderstadt Center, and holds thousands of books and journals for studying, researching, and learning. AAEL is just one of many libraries on campus that together make up the University Library which serves all University of Michigan students, staff, and faculty. The public is also welcome to visit and use our library.

Although the Duderstadt Center is open 24 hours during the fall, winter, and spring semesters, there are different hours for the various desks in the library. Check out our updated hours page for current hours.