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How to Request Materials

Getting Started

New readers will need to register with the Clements before placing requests for materials, either to use in the reading room or as a duplication request. For more information on ordering, please visit our Duplication and Use page.

  1. Follow the prompts on our account login page to create your account and register with the library. You do not need to be at the Clements to register—we encourage you to register in advance so you can place requests before you arrive.
  2. Already registered? Go to Account Login at the top of the page to get started.
  3. Once your request account is set up and you’re logged in, you can place requests for materials directly from the library catalog and finding aids. See below for more detailed instructions.
  4. Please note: Some materials may take time to retrieve. Place your requests in advance of your visit and contact us to confirm your visit dates.

Did you create an account with us before August 31, 2021? The login process has recently changed.

U-M students, faculty and staff: Continue to log in with your U-M uniqname.

All other researchers: You will need to reset your password when logging in again.

  • On the account login page, select All Other Researchers: “Log In or Register.”
  • Click the Forgot Password link.
  • Enter the email you used to create your account with us.
  • You will receive an email with a link to reset your password and log back in.

Instructions For

Finding Aids

Library Catalog

Finding Aid Instructions

1. Search for archival materials in the finding aids.

2. Select the Request Materials button to open the request form in a new tab.

Request materials button

3. If prompted, log in using your request account.

account login page

4. Check the boxes next to the materials that you want to request.

checkboxes

5. Choose between a Reading Room Request and a Duplication Request.

request toggle buttons

6. Complete your request details and select a Visit Date if applicable.

select a date from the calendar

7. Click Submit Request.

click the Submit Request button

8. You can track the status of your request from your request account.

Library Catalog Instructions

1. Search the library catalog to find books, maps, prints, photographs, and more.

2. Click the Request This link in a record to start your request. For archival materials, follow the link to the online Finding Aid and use instructions above.

Click the Request This link

3. If prompted, log in using your request account.

account login page

4. Continue with a Reading Room Request or click the button to Request Duplication instead.

click the Request Photoduplication button to switch

5. Complete your request details and select a Visit Date if applicable.

select a date from the calendar

6. Click Submit Request.

click the Submit Request button

7. You can track the status of your request from your request account.

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