Wayne State University, Libraries

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Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in the city's Midtown Cultural Center Historic District and Wayne State University Buildings Historic District. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering 370 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently Michigan's fourth-largest university and one of the 100 largest universities in the United States.


With more than four million volumes, the Wayne State University Library System houses the 75th largest collection in the United States, according to the American Library Association. Wayne State's eight libraries all offer full wireless connection, reference and research support, interlibrary loan, circulation and course reserve services, document delivery, and library and information literacy programs. The libraries provide a range of study environments, from silent to interactive. The system ranks among the nation's top libraries according to the Association for Research Libraries.

  • Shiffman Medical Library houses the university's medical collections and is the School of Medicine's sole library.
  • Arthur Neef Law Library, located on the north section of the main campus, houses the university's law collections and is the Law School's sole library.
  • Science and Engineering Library, located at Gullen Mall's south end, contains information resources supporting the physical and natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, nursing, nutrition, and food science. The library's holdings also include maps, government documents, several special collections and one of Southeastern Michigan's largest technical journal collections.
  • Purdy/Kresge Library is located near the center of main campus and serves as the primary research library for the social sciences, humanities, arts, education and business disciplines. It contains print and electronic resources to meet the research and instructional needs of faculty, graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. It also houses the university's main government documents collection and the offices of the university's Media Services Department.
  • David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL), located on the center of Gullen Mall, has over 700 computer workstations providing students with access to electronic resources. Its book and magazine collection is intended to support the learning needs of 1,000 and 2,000 level undergraduate courses. The UGL houses the university libraries' collection of approximately 8,000 videos, DVDs, laser discs and audiotapes. The UGL provides students with information on careers, computers and student survival skills. The Undergraduate Library is open 24 hours for students and faculty.
  • The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs is located on the easternmost portion of Wayne's main campus, on Cass Ave. This smaller library houses predominantly historical archives.
  • Wayne State University also has libraries at its Macomb and Oakland extensions centers in Clinton Township and Farmington Hills.

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