Traffic changes begin Jan. 13 for vehicles and pedestrians near Taubman Health Sciences Library

UMHS Sidewalk and Skybridge Closure Map (2014)

UMHS Sidewalk and Skybridge Closure Map (2014)


Text from UMHS Blog Post:

The construction site for the renovation of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) will begin to take shape the week of Jan. 13, resulting in closures to one lane of traffic on Catherine Street and changes to a popular pedestrian route.

The library closed Dec. 22 for a $55 million, 18-month renovation project. Beginning Jan. 13, barriers will go up and close one lane of Catherine Street, as well as the sidewalk on the north side of the street between the Victor Vaughan Building and the south entrance to the Medical Science II building. These areas will remain closed for the duration of the project. It will still be possible to enter Med Sci II.

In addition, the pedestrian bridge connecting the Glen Avenue parking structure with the sidewalk in front of the library will close Jan. 13. Faculty, staff, students and visitors will need to cross at street level to the south side of Catherine in order to move east or west.

Access between West Medical Center Drive and the Medical Science Research Building courtyard also will be altered; signs will be posted.

A PDF of construction logistics, including closures and alternative pedestrian routes can be found here.

Bus service in the area also will be affected, as the stop in front of the library will be removed for the duration of the project. The Research Link bus will have a temporary stop installed on West Medical Center Drive at the Victor Vaughan Building. All other bus routes will be serviced by existing stops on Glen Avenue and Zina Pitcher Place. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services website.

While the facility is closed, library materials — including books and bound journals — can be requested viaMLibrary’s online catalog or via web forms. When construction is complete in mid-2015, 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 2013.

Medical School support offices formerly located in the library building have been temporarily relocated; see this message for details.

For More Information

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. NOTE: This internal web page is behind the UMHS firewall and may not be accessible from all computers.


Signs of the Times — Our Doors Are Closed Until 2015


Yes, you read that correctly. The Taubman Health Sciences Library building closed last night at 11:45PM and will not re-open until 2015.


This is part of the planned renovation of our building.

But I need help with_____!!!!!

We can still help you. The entire staff of the library (THL) has moved out of the building, but we’re still on the medical campus.
** If you need help with research, expert searching, systematic reviews, or instruction, contact one of our informationists (aka liaison librarians or subject specialists).
** If you have problems with access to library resources or need to set up visiting scholar or proxy access, contact the library at 764-1210 or

What isn’t Taubman Library (THL) doing during this renovation period?

** No interlibrary loan, 7FAST, or GetThis pickups — these can be delivered to other locations on the medical campus.
** No public space for study or computer usage — please visit other libraries on campus.

What about Course Reserves?
** Instructors from the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, and Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health can request Reserves items with this form.
** Students from these programs will find their Reserves materials at the Shapiro Library, room 2002.  This is a temporary location for the renovation period only.

Is the Library really moving back in 2015?

Yes, we are.  We will have a beautiful renovated space on the main floor of the building. And we are so excited, especially since we’ve spent the last 3 weeks moving stuff out. (I swear if I have to pack one more box, I will just pack me and be done with it.)

Drop box closed

But I have stuff to return — like interlibrary loans and books … and videos!!!!!
We know.  For now, you’ll have to use one of the drop boxes on north and main campuses.  A list of locations is available here.

We look forward to working with you in 2014.

Taubman Library Closing Crew

Taubman Library closing crew at 11:45PM, Sunday, Dec 22, 2013

Where can I study? Finals Fall 2013 Edition

Apologies for the late posting today followers.

As we hope you all know by now, Taubman Health Sciences Library will be closing for an 18 month period starting at 11:45pm on December 22, 2013.  So get your last hours of studying in at the old library space in during finals week this year and get excited for studying in the new library space in Fall 2015.

Final Hurrah Hours for Studying at Taubman:

Thursday December 12- Friday December 13- 8:00-1:45am

Saturday December 14- 9:00-1:45am

Sunday December 15- 12:00pm-1:45am

Monday December 16-Friday December 20- 8:00-1:45am

Saturday December 21- 9:00-1:45am

Sunday December 22- 12:00pm-11:45pm


Night Study Owl

Owl (2013) Designed by Matthew Hock from the Noun Project (CC BY 3.0)

Other libraries on campus will be open 24 hours to allow for late late night study owls during finals week: Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library & Shapiro Library

And finally, if you are looking for some stress relief options, be sure to take advantage of therapy dogs at locations across campus: Shapiro Library, North Quad

(Take note MLibraries, Harvard has one of their therapy dogs in the library catalog!)

Learn more about the dogs that help you de-stress at!


THL preparing for temporary closing during renovation

THL move alertThe Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) is about to close temporarily for a major renovation.

The library will remain open until closing time (11:45pm) on December 22, 2013. As usual, the library will have extended exam hours beginning December 8th.

On November 18, 2013, the books that are still located in the THL building will be moved to the off-site facility. These books will be available on request for delivery to a campus office or library. Course reserves will remain at THL through closing time on December 22.

The THL building will close on December 23 and is expected to reopen mid-2015. Throughout the duration of the renovation, all library services, resources and personnel will remain available.  Reserve materials will be provided electronically when possible. If this is not possible, the print version will be available at the Shapiro Library, which is open 24/7.  The library contact information will stay the same.

Please contact the library, or your informationist, with any questions or requests for library services. We’ll continue to update the THL website regarding accessing library resources and materials.

Library Contact Information

phone: (734) 764-1210; e-mail:; homepage:

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

Next steps in the building renovation plan

With the academic year behind us, we turn our attention to 2013-14 and the major construction project that will begin later this year. In December, we will beginthe renovation of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library building.

The entire library building will close in mid-December 2013. When construction is complete, the library building will be better equipped to handle the demands of 21st Century education — for our school’s medical and graduate students, as well as those from U-M’s other health professional schools.

We expect to open the library building again in mid-2015. As December approaches, we are focused on relocating the building’s learning, study, and information functions — along with the faculty and staff who work in the facility — to other areas within the Health System.

Future messages and additional information  will be posted to the Taubman Library and University Library websites — including office and staff relocations and other information that will help faculty, staff and students to navigate the closure.

Thank you for your patience during the renovation process. This is an exciting time in medical and health sciences education, and we look forward to sharing more details in the future.


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

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

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

THL temporary space during renovation

PrintTaubman Health Sciences (THL) staff continues to prepare for the renovation of the THL building.

In December 2013, THL staff offices will move to temporary space in the Neuroscience Hospital Building 2 (NHB2) until the construction project is complete. The public parts of the library will also be relocating, though we don’t have the exact location yet. Stay tuned for details of that space closer to the time of the move.

As a primarily digital library, the majority of the THL collection remains accessible from other campus locations, including other campus libraries. Print library materials are readily available on request for delivery to campus libraries or, for U-M faculty and graduate students, to their campus offices.

We’re excited about our new facilities and look forward to returning to the THL building in Fall 2015. In the meantime, we’ll be working with the health sciences schools, the provost’s office, and the rest of the university library to minimize the inconvenience and disruption.

Regents approve schematic design for Taubman Health Sciences Library renovation


The U-M Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the renovation of the Taubman Health Sciences Library building at their March 21 meeting. Their approval moves the renovation project a step closer to completion.  Within months, work will begin on a $55 million project to transform the Taubman Health Sciences Library building into a natural light-filled health sciences education hub, one that supports in-person, collaborative, active learning. Construction of designs by TMP Architecture and Ballinger will create an estimated 72 construction jobs.

While much of the collection will be moved to a different location, library items will be available on request or online. A rare medical books collection, with historical works dating as far back as the 15th century, has already joined the Special Collections Library in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

In place of bookshelves, U-M will create a multi-level health sciences education space in 137,000 square feet across four floors, and add a glass “skin” to the building, originally built in 1980. In addition to the library, students will have access to modern classrooms, collaboration spaces, and small group learning and team breakout rooms. The project will increase the number of fully equipped medical and procedure rooms where students can develop their physical examination and clinical interaction skills with standardized and real patients. Both U-M medical and other health professions students, such as those from the College of Pharmacy, will take part in learning there, as part of multi-disciplinary training. A large commons area, space for exhibits, interprofessional leadership training spaces, and wide new staircases and halls will foster interaction.

The project will also make the building more energy efficient, in keeping with U-M’s environmental sustainability commitment. Upon completion, it will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver status.

A new approach to health sciences library services

The conversion of library space reflects the changing reality of medicine and other health professions and the dramatic rise in the availability of online resources such as electronic journals and databases which physicians, researchers and students can access from anywhere, at any time.

U-M’s health sciences librarians offer an incredible range of services, and continue to share their expertise in finding, accessing, managing, and using information with students, faculty and staff in all of U-M’s health-related schools. But more and more, the emphasis is on collaboration with librarians joining faculty in teaching and conducting research. The Taubman health sciences librarians are experts in information who can work with clinicians and researchers via online interactions, or by coming to their classes, labs, clinics and even hospital grand rounds.

Jane Blumenthal, MLIS, AHIP, director of Taubman Health Sciences Library and associate university librarian, notes that the project is in line with the library’s emphasis on immersion in the environments where health professionals train and practice, rather than waiting for them to come to the library building.

“The new building design reflects the way the library functions now. Librarians are an integral part of the work of the health sciences schools, and like our 21st century collections our 21st century librarians are available in the places where that work is being done. From the beginning of the project we approached the design from the perspective of integration rather than the idea of a stand-alone library,” she said.

“This project will uphold our commitment to preparing students to be the health care leaders of the 21st Century, and continue a historical tradition that now spans three centuries,” says Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., associate dean for medical student education. “Our partners in the health sciences library community and our other health professional schools have embraced this change, which will create a truly modern learning environment.”

The renovation project has been planned through cooperation among the Medical School, the Taubman Health Sciences Library, the Provost’s Office, the University Architect’s office and U-M health sciences schools that train health professionals and also use the Taubman library. The opinions, ideas and insights of students, faculty and staff all contributed to this process.

For updates on the Taubman Health Sciences library renovation as it progresses, visit

Taubman Health Sciences Library moves print collection


The moment Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) director and associate university librarian Jane Blumenthal has been patiently awaiting has finally arrived.

“The books are moving,” says Blumenthal, “beginning on March 4.” She expects the move, which will shift the bulk of THL’s print collection to an off-campus storage facility, to be complete by the end of May. The work was originally scheduled to take place last summer, but was postponed to accommodate upgrades to the storage site.

The move is the next step in a plan, approved by the Regents last April, to renovate the THL building. The rehousing of the bulk of the less-used print collection will yield space to support collaborative learning, studying, and clinical skills training for medical and other health professional school students.

Blumenthal and her staff are more than ready for the change. “Our colleagues in the health sciences schools and colleges and in the hospital don’t come to the library building for research and reading anymore,” she says. The preferred format for health sciences information has been digital for some time. But those colleagues still depend upon ready access to information expertise, so THL’s liaison librarians go where they’re needed—to the classrooms, labs, and clinics of health sciences students, researchers, and clinicians.

Blumenthal expects the enriched learning environment to further enhance the relationships between health sciences librarians and the community they collaborate with (or work with).

A core collection of most current and frequently-used print materials will remain at THL, as will course reserves items. Most of the printed journals and books published before 2008 will be moved to remote storage, and will be readily available on request for delivery to a campus office or library. THL will remain open during the move, though access to some print materials may be temporarily limited.

Specific items from the collection may be unavailable for short periods of time while they are being moved. Also, there will be fewer quiet study areas available. However, items will only be moved between 8:00am – 4:30pm on week days, allowing us to provide the same amount of quiet study space in the evenings and on week-ends as we currently do. In addition, we will also continue our regular extended study hour schedule during exam season.

Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions or concerns.

THL Print Collection Move Update

The Taubman Health Sciences Library print collection move, mentioned in the July 2nd blog post, has been postponed for the Fall.  As mentioned before, the bulk of the print collection will begin moving to a permanent storage location.  The remaining core THL book collection will remain in a secured area of the building and is available by request only (7FAST, Get This or by asking in person).

For more information on the THL renovation project, click here.  Additional questions may be sent to