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Integrating Library Services and Resources with Canvas

Information for instructors on how to integrate University of Michigan library resources, such as search bars, research guides, and modules into Canvas sites. Also, how to give someone Librarian access to your site.

Adding Library Tools

Adding library tools is a great way to give your students research support throughout the semester and consolidate information and resources in one area. Library tools include search bars and chat windows.


U-M Library Search - integrates the general library search bar into your Canvas course.


U-M Library Help - integrates the University of Michigan “Ask a Librarian” chat box into your Canvas course.


Please note that this document is intended as a supplement to the basic Canvas support documentation.

Screenshot of Canvas' settings navigation tab

  1. Go to Settings and click on the navigation tab.
  2. Scroll down to the U-M Library tools (the list is alphabetic).
  3. Click on the menu icon in the row, and select Enable.

The new tool should automatically be added to the menu on your Canvas Course page.