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UDM's broad based library collections, incorporating strong historical and growing current materials, facilitates research and instruction.

Thousands of full-text journals covering all disciplines are accessible electronically from the libraries, dormitory rooms, home or office. Articles may be printed or downloaded.

The quality of educational support is enhanced by a librarian being on duty and available to students all hours the libraries are open.

Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) librarians and design personnel educate and support faculty electronic and Internet skills development to enhance web-based curriculum design, instruction, and research.

Libraries/IDS maintains a website portal that integrated UDM libraries and instructional resources. The site offers fifty-seven academic discipline pages and four UDM mission initiatives (Catholic, social justice, sustainable communities, and diversity) with web resources, core bibliographies, full-text ejournal newsfeeds,  and librarian consultant contact information.

SearchQuest, a self-paced tutorial, which is offered on the Libraries/IDS portal, helps student learn to find and critically evaluate information resources.

Libraries receive twenty-five percent of the federal documents published by the United States Government Printing Office.

Libraries have specialized architecture and dental collections to support the unique disciplines.

Interlibrary loan agreements provide access to library holdings locally, regionally, and nationally at little to no cost to students.

Library personnel maintain a web-based library catalog accessible from the library, dormitory rooms, and home.

Students are able to find needed resources in the libraries because resources are well organized and easily accessible.

Librarians and college/school faculty collaborate in selecting library books, media, and other materials that are relevant to the UDM curriculum.

Librarians and support personnel order, process, and distribute new book, video, journal, gift, and other materials promptly and efficiently.

Instructional Design Studio offers a variety of seminars and workshops to orient faculty to the concepts and vision of online course modules and helps them integrate web-based offerings into their coursework.

Instructional Design Studio provides consultation, training, and development services to individuals and departments interested in creating online courses and programs.


Highly skilled librarians are available to provide quality one-on-one, personal research assistance to all library patrons.

Students receive instruction in research skills development (information literacy) either in group sessions or one-on-one from librarians who are degreed information professionals.

Libraries maintain an eDesk "Ask a Librarian" and "Email a Librarian" reference service, electronic options to having to visit one of the libraries in order to receive UDM librarian assistance.

Libraries maintain a 24/7 electronic reference service in cooperation with the twenty-seven other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. to provide assistance anytime, any place.

Diversity among Libraries/IDS personnel and emphasis on sensitivity empowers personnel to reach out to the students.

The libraries provide individual and group study areas.

Libraries personnel provide individualized services for special needs, physically or visually challenged students and faculty.

Librarians and other personnel work together in a supportive environment to provide services that strengthen students' education and research goals.

The libraries stretch the UDM educational experience by providing students with leisure listening through recreational videos/DVDs, and music CDs. A leisure page avaiable on the Libraries/IDS portal provides information on recreational and educational opportunities in the area.


The Libraries display religious symbols and spiritually-inspired artwork as well as the University and Libraries/IDS Mission Statements as a continual reminder of the Catholic foundation of the University.

Internalizing the Catholic and other religious traditions, Libraries/IDS personnel stress ethical treatment and compassionate service for all with whom they come into contact.

Libraries/IDS maintain an outstanding Catholic theology collection, one of the strongest religion collections in DALNET.

In Libraries/IDS, every candidate interviewed for a position must explain how he/she would support the University's mission and integrate the University's values into their work.


Libraries/IDS is a member of the Detroit Library Network (DALNET), a consortium of twenty-three academic, public, medical, and law libraries automated together providing students and faculty access to the resources of each of the other institutions.

Other consortium arrangements with the Catholic Consortium institutions (Marygrove, Madonna, St. Mary's Orchard Lake, Sacred Heart Major Theological Seminary), the twenty-seven other Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, nineteen of the Mercy college libraries in the United States, OCLC, and the Midwest Collaborative Library Services provide the foundation for borrowing additional resources not owned by the University for students and faculty.

The McNichols Campus Library is a MichiCard member, which provides onsite borrowing from over 320 public and academic libraries in the State of Michigan.

Community members and alumni have access to and borrowing privileges from the UDM Libraries.

The Libraries maintain the Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection on Great Lakes Shipping which is available to researchers worldwide. The collection is being converted into an image database available through the Internet.

The Libraries seek other collections relevant to the urban context and Catholic heritage of the University.

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
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