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Photograph of researchers in Bentley reading room

The Bentley Historical Library, on the University of Michigan North Campus, is open without fee to all researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation. The Bentley Historical Library has closed stacks and does not circulate its collections off-site. The reference staff includes archivists with subject knowledge in Michigan history and the history of the University of Michigan. The staff makes every effort to facilitate access to the collections through individual or group orientations and by conducting research as time allows.


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The reading room of the Bentley Historical Library provides a pleasant environment for doing primary source research. It looks out on a courtyard featuring a sculpture(Historical Circle /Peregrine Section ) by noted artist Richard Hunt.

We hope you can visit the reading room. If not, we can accept requests by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail .