Aug 12, 2016

The University of Michigan Law Library was recently designated as the most beautiful library in the state of Michigan and it’s easy to see why! The Gothic-style architecture, impressive stained glass windows, and tranquil Law Quad makes for an inviting and studious environment.

This got us thinking about the other libraries on U-M’s campus. Here are three University of Michigan libraries that are open to the public and worthy of a visit even if you’re not studying for finals!

Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library is located on the University of Michigan Diag and is one of the most iconic buildings on campus. Built between 1916 and 1920 by Albert Kahn of Detroit (one of the foremost American industrial architects of his day), the library was originally known simply as the General Library. Roughly modelled on Harvard and University of California libraries, the building incorporated elements from the original General Library built in 1883. The library was dedicated to Harlan Hatcher, the eighth president of the University of Michigan, in 1968.       


The Graduate Library is home to a number of other University Libraries, including the Asia Library, the Clark Library (map collection, government information center, and spatial and numeric data services), and the Special Collections Library which acquires, cares for, interprets, and promotes the use of important collections of unique, rare, and other material in all formats and in a variety of subject areas.

Shapiro Undergraduate Library
The Shapiro Undergraduate Library, built in 1957 by Albert Kahn Associates, is located on the University of Michigan Diag, near South University and the West Hall Engineering Arch. The Undergraduate Library is fondly referred to by students as the UGLi and is considered one of the best places on campus for studying. Also part of the UGLi is Bert’s Café and Bert’s Study Lounge for a cup of coffee and a group meeting.



Also located within the UGLi are the Shapiro Science Library and the Askwith Media Library (more than 40,000 titles, including films, documentaries, educational programming and more).

Art, Architecture and Engineering Library
Located on University of Michigan’s North Campus in the Duderstadt Center (or simply, The Dude), the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library is a technophile’s paradise. With more than 400 computers (a few available for guest use), students and faculty also have access to 3D and virtual reality labs, a large video production studio, state-of-the-art audio recording studio, and more.       

Built in 1996, The Dude is surrounded by public sculptures and the interior is adorned with artwork including a colorful mural titled Euclid’s Comet by Dorothea Rockburne. The library (and the students who study there) benefits from the expansive open design and natural light.

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