The Bentley provides a number of different tools to help researchers access and make better use of the collections. An overview of the available research tools can be found below.
MIRLYN is the official catalog for the University of Michigan library system, and can be used to search the broader University Library system, or to search specifically for holdings in the Bentley Historical Library.
Finding Aids are descriptive inventories, indexes, or guides that repositories create to describe and to provide access to the contents of manuscript collections or archival records. The Bentley has over 1600 finding aids online which can be accessed through the Bentley EAD page and through corresponding catalog records in MIRLYN.
Subject Guides and Indexes at the Bentley provide a wide variety of resources for popular Michigan and non-Michigan related topics including: the Civil War, genealogy resources, railroads, city directories, and more.
Digital Histories and Publications include links to online versions of many different publications produced by the Bentley Historical Library and various units and projects of the University of Michigan.
The Bentley Image Bank includes digital images from the diverse collections and holdings of the Bentley Historical Library. Online browsing and searching capabilities are available.