Getting Oriented at the Library

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As many new students are beginning to move to Ann Arbor and start their academic careers at the University of Michigan, it’s useful to have some easy ways to get oriented to what is available on campus. The Library is an important partner during your career here at U-M, and the sooner you get to know what all we have here, the more successful you’ll be!

Below you will find some resources that can help you get oriented to the U-M Library and specifically the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library (AAEL).

AAEL Orientation Guide

Screenshot of AAEL orientation guide

This guide provides basic information about the AAEL and the Duderstadt Center. It gives an overview of resources for students in art & design, architecture & urban planning, and engineering.

Online Tutorials

The U-M Library has a number of online tutorials that can help you with using some of our resources. Here are a few to get you started:

Ask a Librarian

Ask a librarian logoNot sure where to go or what to get? You can chat instantly with a librarian through our Ask a Librarian portal. This service is currently available from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, but during the school year it will be staffed from 9:00 am - midnight during the week with slightly shorter hours on the weekend.


The Library offers a number of workshops that can help get you started with a number of resources, services, and tools. I want to highlight our Library Research Tips & Tricks class which is a quick overview of our online resources, followed by a tour of the Duderstadt Center and AAEL. Sign up for one of the following sessions by clicking on the date and time of the session you want:


If you have any useful library tips, leave them in a comment below!

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