The Mardigian Library offers a student-centered environment that fosters learning by providing access to authoritative sources of knowledge and information, and by helping students learn critical information literacy skills and concepts. The library provides access (library.umd.umich.edu) to a multitude of research resources, including over 40,000 online journals, over 500 online research databases, and thousands of online books. The four-story Mardigian Library houses a 315,000-volume collection and offers study space for 1,200 students. Many computer workstations are available on the main floor to provide access to all online resources, most of which are also accessible from off campus.
Facilities housed in the Mardigian Library include a coffee shop, computer labs, distance learning classroom, the Graduate Research Center, the archives of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Office of Metropolitan Impact on the first floor; the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery on the third floor; and the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive on the fourth floor. A group study floor and private study rooms are available, and two floors for silent study.
Students may borrow materials from the library’s collection. Items not owned by the library may be requested from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Department or from MeLCat, a statewide resource-sharing service of over 400 public and academic libraries. Currently enrolled UM-Dearborn students are eligible to borrow materials directly from most of the libraries in the UM-Ann Arbor University Library system. Additional information regarding this service may be obtained from University Library Circulation Services at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Call 734-764-0401.
Librarians work with faculty to create research skills sessions and customized online research guides that teach students the research skills they need to be successful. Instruction includes skills such as developing research topics and finding, evaluating, using, and citing sources. Librarians meet with graduate and undergraduate students to work on individual projects, both in the library and in the colleges.
Guides to the use of the library and its resources are available on the library’s website. As of January 2015, the library is open 95 hours per week during the fall and winter semesters, with extended hours during final exams and study days. Library hours of operation can be found on the website.