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Borrow books from University of Michigan libraries

Washtenaw Community College students, faculty and staff are eligible for guest borrowing privileges at the University of Michigan libraries. To qualify, you must be a currently enrolled student or current staff member in good standing at WCC. Download a brochure (pdf) or learn more at:

Participating Libraries

University of Michigan Libraries

734-764-0401 |
Art, Architecture & Engineering Library (North Campus)
Buhr Remote Shelving Facility (Greene St.)
Fine Arts Library (Central Campus)
Hatcher Graduate Library (Central Campus)
Area Programs
Asia Library
Clark Library
Special Collections Library
Museum Library (Central Campus)
Music Library (North Campus)
Shapiro Library (Central Campus)
Askwith Media Library
Shapiro Science Library
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Taubman Health Sciences Library (Medical Campus)
Thompson Library (U-M Flint Campus)
810-762-3400 |
While visiting any of these participating libraries, you are encouraged to access electronic resources, make use of special collections and archives, and enjoy the many study spaces.

Faculty continue to have reciprocal borrowing privileges under established guidelines; simply show your faculty ID to Circulation Desk staff when you are ready to check out at the lending library.

Students and staff must first register at the circulation desk of their home institution. WCC students and staff, present your WCC ID at the WCC Bailey Library. U-M students and staff, at the U-M Hatcher Graduate Library or the U-M Flint Thompson Library. You can fill out the appropriate form at the circulation desk or bring it with you. Forms are available here:

UM Vice Provost for Academic Information

John L. King, Dean of the School of Information (SI), formerly School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at the University of Michigan (UM), has been appointed to be the Vice Provost for Academic Information as of June 1, 2006.

The School of Information and its predecessor, SILS, have been responsible for educating innumerable information professionals in: librarianship; archives management; human-computer interaction; and information economics, management and policy.

In his new role, Dr. King will be involved in the governance of UM’s information technology and digital media operations, as well as developing research, education, and community service applications in association with University Libraries.

Before joining UM-SI, Dr. King served as the University Librarian at the University of California at Irvine.

See UM’s official announcement of the appointment.

Google sued over book digitization project

The Association of American Publishers today announced a lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement over the joint project to digitize books from major research libraries, including the University of Michigan. The AAP has been in talks with Google over publisher’s concerns over scanning material that is still under copyright, even though Google planned to make only a small portion of those works available to the public — talks broke down on Tuesday, and the suit was filed today. The publishers contend that scanning entire works is a violation of copyright law; Google is claiming fair use. Read more about it at the and at Reuters; ZDNet’s story has an early response by Google, and Business Week has an excellent article laying out the stakes. Many librarians hope this will go to the Supreme court to clarify very murky issues of copyright and fair use in the digital age.

Copyright versus fair use? You can get an overview at WCC’s own copyright website.