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Online Library Resources during COVID-19

This guide was created to share information with the University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty, staff, and community.

Library Help

McNichols Campus Library Building Access:

The McNichols Campus Library building is currently closed. Check here for library hours or check the Library's Twitter feed for updates.

How to get help from a Librarian:


Chat: Ask-a-Librarian

Schedule an appointment (please note that scheduled appointments may take place via email): 

Library Directory: Contact the Librarian for your subject area. Please note Librarians may not be available by phone. Email the subject Librarian while the Library is closed.

Research Guides: Librarians have put together more than 50 research guides on subjects related to the study and interests of the University community. Many of the resources are accessible online. 

Library Resources and Services

Databases: the majority of the Library's 240 online databases are available 24/7. Most of the databases will require log in with University Blackboard username and password. Click HERE to access list of databases and corresponding links. 

eBooks:  We have access to thousands of eBooks through the library catalog or try one of these eBook databases: Ebsco Ebooks (searches 6 collections at once) or Ebook Central (Proquest). Uncertain how to access an eBook through these collections? Check out the tutorials on downloading or viewing eBooks here.

Open Educational Resources Research Guide

Digitized Special Collections and University History materials from the Archives

Library Tutorials:Tutorials on academic integrity, IEEE video tutorials, evaluating resources, nursing and medical tutorials, psychology databases, RefWorks, JSTOR, and Newspapers.

Research Help: See How to get help from a Librarian (above).

Streaming Videos: Academic Video Online offers access to thousands of "documentaries, interviews, documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, and more" on a range of subjects. Log in with your Blackboard username and password. Check the Library's A-Z Database List or the relevant research guide to find other databases that offer video.

Modified services:

Checking out books: Print books will not be available for check out while the Library is closed. Ebooks will be available. Note that you may be asked to log in using your University of Detroit Mercy Blackboard username and password.

Returning books - All materials are due December 22, 2020.  For questions or concerns email

Hold pick-ups: Items placed on hold will not be available for pick up while the Library is closed.

Inter-library loans: Interlibrary loan of physical books is not available while Library is closed. Interlibrary loan of journal articles may be sporadic based on the closure of other libraries.  Use this request form or email

Course reserves: Physical course reserves are unavailable while the Library is closed.

Fines: Fines will not accrue while the Library is closed.  For questions or concerns email

Computer Lab: Library computers are unavailable while the Library is closed. For information on the Quad Commons computer lab, click here.  

Printing: Printing is unavailable while the Library is closed.