Building Update Sept. 23, 2013: A message from James A. Bell, Horace I. Bomar and Jane Blumenthal

Yesterday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents gave the final approval necessary for the project that will transform the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library building.

In preparation for the project, offices and services in the building have relocated, or will in coming months. The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) have moved to the sixth floor of the Neuroscience Hospital Building 2 (formerly C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital). The Standardized Patient Program, and the associated clinical skills exam rooms used for the teaching and training of health professions students, has relocated to the seventh floor of Neurosciences Hospital Building 2, which is abbreviated NHB2.

Additional moves will occur during the fall as the building is prepped for an 18-month, $55 million renovation project. While some units are moving out, the library will remain open — and staff will be on-site — until Dec. 23, when the building closes entirely for renovation. It is expected to re-open in mid-2015.

All of the library’s printed journals and books published before 2008 have been moved to an off-site facility, but are available to the community upon request.

When construction is complete, the library building will be better equipped to handle the educational demands of the 21st Century — as you can see in these schematic designs for the project, approved by regents in March.

Additional details about the relocation of the library’s contents and a list of frequently asked questions are available at:

Visit for project updates, including office and staff relocations, and other information that will help faculty, staff and students to navigate the closure. This internal web page is behind the UMHS firewall and may not be accessible from all computers.


James A. Bell, C.P.A., J.D.
Chief Administrative Officer
U-M Medical School

Horace I. Bomar III
Director, Facilities Management and Planning
U-M Medical School

Jane Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP
Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library and
Associate University Librarian

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