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Tips for Using Library Search

Provides some tips and strategies for effectively using the University of Michigan Library search engine.

Access to Library Materials during Building Closures due to COVID-19

Physical items in our library catalog are not currently available for check-out because of building closures due to COVID-19. During this time:

  • Requests for holds will not be processed.
  • For physical print materials at limited locations, U-M faculty, staff, and students can request to have a small portion scanned under the “Get This” menu. See details. For physical print materials at other locations, the “Get This” option is limited to requests that can be fulfilled with electronic equivalents available from online sources.

To view only online resources in your catalog search results, choose the “Available online” filter. The “Available online” checkbox is the first checkbox listed in the filter options on the catalog search results page.


Additionally, HathiTrust Digital Library is offering Emergency Temporary Access to its digital copies of in-copyright works in our collection. In catalog search results, look for HathiTrust items with links labeled "Full text available (HathiTrust log in required),” and log into HathiTrust after following these links. To access this service directly, go to HathiTrust and log in with your U-M credentials.  For more instructions about accessing these items via HathiTrust, visit the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Instructions guide.


More information about accessing U-M Library resources and services:

Updates from Our Catalog Partners:

Library Search’s catalog contains materials for the following partners, who have also issued service statements.