William L. Clements Library

Located on the central campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the William L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to support and encourage scholarly investigation of our nation’s past.

1580 E. Ellsworth Road

1580 E. Ellsworth Road

Library Renovation Project

The Clements Library renovation project began in July 2013. Staff and collections relocated during August to a temporary location on the south side of Ann Arbor. The Library reopened to readers at 1580 E. Ellsworth on September 30, and all collections are once again fully accessible at the new location. For more information, see the Renovation Project Update page.


Please be advised that reading room seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the library before making any travel plans.

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Curators and other members of the Library staff will be pleased to assist with any questions relating to our collections. Curators may be contacted by letter, e-mail, or phone.