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Library Access During COVID


Beginning Monday, May 2, 2022, the Thompson Library is open for Spring & Summer hours. Masks are encouraged in the library regardless of vaccination status.

Please check this page for ongoing updates!


Spring & Summer 2022

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

View the complete calendar

Special Hours:

Monday, July 4: CLOSED (Independence Day)

Chat Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Genesee Historical Collections Center (Archives)

Open by appointment only. Please contact Colleen Marquis, Archivist to inquire about access.

Virtual Services

All our databases are available from off-campus. Subject-specific databases can be found in our research guides, alongside contact information for the subject librarian.

Video tutorials on using the library, searching databases, and more are on our YouTube channel.

If you run into access issues or encounter an error please report it to us so that we can fix it as soon as possible. 


We're available virtually to answer your questions!

The Writing Center is online! Make an appointment with a tutor on their website. 

Safety and Sanitation Measures

Your health and well being are very important to us. Accordingly, we are observing the following measures:

  • Seating spaced to maintain social distancing
  • Plastic barriers in place where library users interact with staff
  • Cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer available
  • No-contact checkout and curbside pickup available
  • Reference assistance primarily online


Borrowing and Returning Materials

We have reconfigured the circulation desk to allow for contactless self check-out procedures. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at service points, and we ask that you respect those barriers by not reaching around them.

Books can be returned to the circulation desk drop slots, or without coming into the library at the blue dropbox outside the ground floor main entrance.

Course Reserves have been converted to electronic versions whenever possible, however a physical books remain on reserve. Many have a 3 day loan period.

Limited technology lending is available. Laptops can be borrowed for in-library use only and will be sanitized between uses. Laptops have built-in webcams. We have added headsets with microphones that students can check out with a regular loan period and take home. Headsets have a USB connector. Additional technology is being loaned through the University's Emergency Laptop Loan Program, and the library is a pick up/drop off point for these items.


Curbside Pickup

Please use this form to request curbside pick up for up to 10 physical books and/or media items from the UM-Flint collection.

  • Please check the Library Catalog for available items and submit a Get This request if that option is available.
  • Browsing collection books and some reserve and tech items are available for curbside pick up, though they can't be requested through the Catalog.
  • Items requested from the UM-Ann Arbor libraries can be picked up through Flint curbside.
  • Interlibrary loan items can be picked up through Curbside.

Once you have submitted your request, circulation staff will email you when your items are available for pick up with instructions on how to pick them up. 

Curbside pick up is available from 1 - 5pm Monday - Friday in the Thompson Library's loading dock off of Harrison Street, opposite of the University Pavilion parking ramp's entrance.

If you need help locating items through the Library Catalog, please contact a reference librarian.