U-M Libraries has historical collections beyond the general collection. They typically hold archives and other collections of primary resources or rare materials. U-M Library Special Collections Research Center, the Bentley Historical Library, and the Clements Library provide a different user experience. It is recommended that users put in their requests for materials ahead of time to guarantee availability and ensure an optimal experience.
For a full list of the alternative collections on campus, see the Research Guide.
The Bentley Historical Library, located on North Campus, documents the history of the University of Michigan and the State of Michigan. It houses over 8,000 research collections. As the stacks are closed, materials must be requested ahead of time. See this guide to requesting materials at The Bentley. The following titles are examples of materials available at The Bentley Historical Library.
The U-M Library Special Collections Research Center Items must be viewed in the center's reading room, and a photo ID is necessary to check in. For the best experience, it is recommended that users request items in advance. As many items from the collections are stored off site, advance requests are the best way to guarantee an item will be ready to view. Use this tutorial to learn how to register or request an item. The following are examples of what is available at U-M Library Special Collections Research Center.
The William L. Clements Library specializes in collections regarding American history and culture from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. The original building, located on S. University, is currently under renovation. To access the collections, visit their temporary location 1580 E. Ellsworth. Calling or emailing ahead is encouraged. See this guide to visiting the Clements Library. The following list is a sample of what is available at the Clements Library.