The U Libraries Is a really large library system with over 12 libraries. Sure, we have a lot of books (over 8 million of them) but we have lots more for your research and discovery. Below is just a sample. Contact us if you don't see something you are expecting, needing or hoping to see. Remember Gold Book also has lots of additional campus resources. 

Resources to get you started

Students competing in Science Quiz Bowl in Walter Library.

Getting started with research

Do you need articles? Scholarly articles?

  • We have hundreds of article databases. Databases are like search engines for articles. Try your Library Course Pages which lists the best databases for your courses. We also have an Databases A-Z list or a list by subject.
    • Tip: If you can’t see a link to the PDF--click “Find it” to connect to full text if we have it. (learn more)
    • Want to get to full text articles from off campus? You should usually just need your U of M Internet ID and password. We also have a proxy bookmarklet or you can try VPN.

Do you need books? Ebooks?

  • Search MnCAT Discovery on the homepage to search for books.
  • Your U Card is your library card and you can check books, DVDs, etc. out for free. Undergraduate students can generally check out materials for 13 weeks (and they auto renew for up to 6 months!). You can check out an unlimited number of books at a time.
  • We don’t have all articles or books--if you find something you need and we don’t have it, we can usually get it through our free Interlibrary Loan service.

Citing Sources (e.g. APA, MLA, etc.)

  • Want to learn more about Citations? Try our Citation Guides.
  • Our citation management tools can help you to organize your PDFs, then insert the correct in-text citation and automatically create your bibliography.

Fun in the Libraries?!?

Please contact Kate Peterson (, 612-626-3746), Undergraduate Services Librarian, with any questions.