William L. Clements Library

Planning Your Visit

North Entrance

Visiting the Library

The Clements Library is a closed-stacks, non-lending library, and all research is conducted in the reading room. Curators are available for consultation and are happy to assist readers with initiating their research.

The Clements Library is open to all researchers who have a need to consult its collections. Advance notification of an intended visit, especially when a reader wishes to consult with a particular curator, is strongly recommended. Please contact us at clements-reference@umich.edu to confirm your visit. No fees are charged to use the material for research and no institutional affiliation is required.


New readers must create a Clements Library Request Account to request materials. We encourage you to register in advance of your visit if possible, as you will need to access your email to complete the process. Upon arrival, readers must present one piece of government/school-issued photo ID (driver's license, student identification, etc.) to be held at the reception desk during the reader visit. All Clements Library rules and regulations must be observed.

Accessing Collections

Catalog records for the Library’s books and a significant portion of the map collection are accessible via U-M Library Catalog Search, the University of Michigan’s online catalog. Library Catalog Search may be searched for Clements Library material alone or for all library collections of the University. Finding aids for selected manuscripts and graphics collections are accessible through the Manuscripts Finding Aids and Graphics Finding Aids pages. See Requesting Collections for details.

Researchers submit call slips through their online request accounts and the research materials are delivered to the reading room. Requests for materials are accepted until 45 minutes before closing time.


Whenever possible and appropriate, the Clements Library will make limited copies of collection materials. The Library does not copy entire books or collections or permit the deposit of copies of its materials in other institutions. For more information, consult the reproduction policies and fees. Limited personal digital photography is permitted in the Reading Room. See the reading room rules for more information.

Funding for Research

The Clements Library offers several one-week Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships for graduate students and junior faculty and a number of longer-term fellowships for extended visits of one to four months’ residence by senior scholars. See full descriptions and application information on Clements Library research fellowships.


The Ann Arbor Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau includes affordable options, including motels and bed and breakfast establishments. Assistance in finding accommodations is also available through the University of Michigan Campus Information Center.