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Materials Collection

A guide to the University of Michigan collection of materials samples meant to inspire the creative process.

About the AAEL Materials Collection

Photo of a portion of the materials collection.

Stop by the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library to see and touch materials for creative inspiration.  Our in-house collection consists of samples of more than 1000 materials, a selected subset of the over 7,500 materials found in the Material ConneXion® database, as well as materials we purchase.  Material ConneXion® is a leading global platform for innovative and sustainable materials used in design, building and manufacturing.  

Our materials are housed in room 2420 on the east side of the second floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. This collection is available for in-house use to any university faculty, staff, or student.  Please stop by to see and touch the materials!  Due to Covid-19 Access restrictions, you must make an appointment to see the collection.  Contact Rebecca Price at for access.


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Rebecca Price
2396 Duderstadt Center

Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

Collection Access during Covid-19

During the pandemic, all access to the Materials Collection is by appointment only. 

Please contact Rebecca Price ( to make an appointment.

Material Conversations - Discussions about Materials Research at UofM

We've suspended the Material Conversations series for the time being,

but hope to reinstate it once we're all back onsite.

News in the Materials World

Keep up with the Latest Materials News!

Researching Materials and Material Properties

For research on materials, try the ProQuest Material Science Collection of databases.  

Engineering Village may also be worth consulting.


For data on materials properties (hardness, density, thermal conductivity, tensile strength, etc.), try ASM Handbooks and/or Knovel:Engineering and Scientific Reference Resources or Matweb.

Material ConneXion Database

The Material ConneXion® database offers a knowledge base with an eclectic collection of over 7,500 innovative materials and processes. The database is updated regularly and frequently with materials juried by a panel of material specialists. Coverage includes all disciplines of design development with the largest selection of sustainable materials and the only Cradle to Cradle materials library in the world.

Product Information on the Web for Building and Designing