According to its vision statement, the Mardigian Library is “an essential part of the University of Michigan-Dearborn experience — a campus hub for academic success, creativity, knowledge creation, and interdisciplinary collaboration; a gathering place for learners; and a catalyst for integrated learning and community engagement.”
In support of student and faculty research, the library provides access to a multitude of print and online resources:
- 500,000 e-books
- 80,000 e-journals
- 720 databases
- 400 print journals
- 200,000 print books
Materials not available through the library’s collection may be requested from other libraries through the interlibrary loan and MelCat borrowing services.
A variety of study spaces are available throughout the library ranging from private study carrels to a learning commons on the 2nd floor that features a variety of seating and furniture options as well as movable whiteboards. In addition, students can reserve one of two soundproof group study rooms on the 2nd floor for collaborative activities.
Subject specialist librarians are available to meet with undergraduate and graduate students both in the library and in the colleges. Consultations cover developing a research topic, and finding, evaluating, using, and citing sources. Librarians also work with faculty to create research skills instruction and customized online subject guides that teach students the information skills they need. Faculty and students involved in graduate research are encouraged to contact the Graduate Research Center for help with areas such as writing dissertations and theses, copyright and plagiarism issues, and scholarly publishing.
The User Services Desk on the 1st floor is a one-stop shop for a variety of services such as the following:
- Hold Request Service – Pick up library materials that you have requested through the online catalog.
- Course Reserves – Use course reserve materials selected by your instructor.
- Loanable Technology – Chromebooks, digicams, phone chargers, power strips, and cables are available for check out.
- Basic Research Assistance – Referrals are made to subject librarians for in-depth research needs.
- 3-D Printer – The Mardigian Library’s IDEA Studio has a 3-D printer for use by current UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff.
The library houses other interesting and valuable collections:
- Alfred Berkowitz Gallery – Rotating art exhibits, speakers, and other art-related special events
- Voice/Vision Archive – Approximately 300 interviews with survivors of the Jewish Holocaust
- Archives – Historical records generated by the university such as student publications and items from the administrative offices
- Juvenile Historic Collection – The 11,000 juvenile book collection includes fiction, poetry, fairy tales, history, science, and biography. Publication dates range from the late 1700s through the 1970s.
- Picasso’s Mug Life – Beverages, sandwiches, and snacks are available for purchase.
- Vending machines – Additional beverages and snacks
From the library’s home page use the “Email” or “Ask A Question” links, or call 313-593-5559.