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Guide to Library Services During Covid

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 is open to current University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty, and staff.

Library users must swipe their University of Detroit Mercy ID to enter the Library building and are required to wear a mask and observe University protocols regarding social distancing. 

Fall Library hours, beginning Aug. 30, 2021

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - Midnight (first floor access only after 10 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekend hours begin Saturday, Sept. 11, and will be: 
Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Check the Library's Twitter feed or call 313-993-1795 for updates.

Dental Library:

Monday - Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

Call 313-494-6900 for Dental Library updates.

Law Library: Call Circulation at 313-596-0241, Reference at 313-596-0244, or email 

How to get help from a Librarian

Email: edesk@udmercy or 

Chat Ask-a-Librarian available 24/7

Schedule an appointment: Please note that scheduled appointments may take place via email or video.

Schedule instruction: Faculty may schedule classroom instruction or demonstrations with a librarian. Please request sessions at least two weeks notice. 

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 245+ online databases are available 24/7. Most of the databases will require University (Outlook, Blackboard, etc.) username and password log in. Click HERE to access list of databases and corresponding links. 

eBooks:  Thousands of eBooks are available through the library catalog or try one of these eBook databases: Ebsco Ebooks (searches 6 collections at once) or Ebook Central (Proquest). Log in credentials for current University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty, and staff are the same as for Blackboard. Uncertain how to access an eBook through these collections? Check out the tutorials on downloading or viewing eBooks here.

Inter-library loans: Inter-library loan of books and articles is available. Use this request form or email

Open Educational Resources Research Guide

Digitized Special Collections and University History materials from the Archives

Library TutorialsTutorials 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 and DVDs: Print books and DVDs are available for check out by current students, faculty, and staff. While the library stacks are currently closed, library employees are happy to physically retrieve books and DVDs and check them out to students, faculty and staff. To request this service, visit the library in person, call 313-993-1954 or 313-993-1795, or email

Returning books: Books and DVDs may be returned to the library. Books are available for check out for 28 days. Faculty and staff books checked out during the Winter 2021 semester will be due May 3, 2021. DVDs may be checked out for seven days. For questions or concerns email

Hold pick-ups: Items placed on hold will be available for pick up at the circulation desk.

Course reserves: Due to health and safety concerns related to Covid-19 for our students, physical course reserves are unavailable.  Please contact Head of Circulation, Megan Novell, at with questions regarding physical or electronic reserves.

Computer Lab: A limited number of computers are available to current students in the library. The library encourages students to utilize campus computer labs. For more information on campus computer labs, click here.

Printing: Printing is available to current students through the Library's WEPA print service when the Library is open. No student funding was provided for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information, visit our WEPA wireless printing information page here, contact or call 313-993-1795. 

Stacks: Library stacks are currently closed to visitors. Library staff are happy to retrieve books from the stacks upon request.

Study rooms: A number of study rooms are available for individual student use -- by reservation only -- when the library building is open. Click here to book your two hour reservation. Be sure to use your Detroit Mercy email address when registering.