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Library Guide for Transfer Students

Help for new transfer students about resources and services from the U-M Library.

Textbooks & Course Reserves

Can You Get Textbooks From the Library?

The answer is MAYBE! We do not collect all textbooks -- it would take all of our money and space. We do buy some because they are good books! You can search the Library Catalog Search (see information below) or often times your professor will place textbooks on course reserves.

What is Course Reserves?

Course reserves is a library service which allows faculty to make books and other physical items available on a short term loan for the duration of a semester. You'll be able to tell what is on reserve for your class by searching in Mirlyn Classic Course Reserves. Remember to use dropdown menu at the left to search by course name, instructor name, title or author. 

Course Reserves FAQ

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Locating Books and Other Items

The Library Catalog Search

The U-M Library has millions of books and media. To find the best resources for your research, you will need to search the Library Catalog. The catalog enables you to search and browse the University of Michigan Library’s collection of books, journals, DVDs, music and musical scores, electronic resources, and more. 

Here is a whole library guide on how to use the library catalog

Loan Periods

Undergraduate students can check out books for 3 weeks and videos for 2 days. For more details please consult this Loan Periods Page on the library website. 

Call Numbers 

Most books in the University of Michigan libraries are organized by Library of Congress (LC) call number as a method to group like subjects together on shelves. Each book has a unique identification number (or shelf address); this number is found on the spine of books (or sometimes on the front cover) and in the library's catalog records. For more information please see the Call Numbers Research Guide.