Do Better Work.

The University Libraries is here to help you succeed. With locations on every campus, we have the services, collections, and study spaces you need to do your best work. Check out what we can offer:

Find Articles

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Search Everything

Unsure of where to start? Use the library search box to search for articles across disciplines in multiple databases. You’ll be sure to find something, and can narrow down your search to find what you need.

Research Databases

The University Libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases covering every imaginable academic discipline. You’ll find articles on any topic, written by respected experts, to make your project better.

Document Delivery

Can’t find the article you need? The University Libraries will get you a copy if we don’t have it online, often within a day! All you have to do is ask, and we’ll do the rest. (It's free!)

Find Books

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The University Libraries has over a million books and eBooks in our collection, plus access to hundreds of research databases with scholarly journals and articles.

In Michigan Libraries

The University Libraries partners with the Michigan eLibrary, which gives you access to books at hundreds of other libraries across the state, delivered free to Grand Valley in just a few days!

Across the World

Need a book, but no one in Michigan has it? Don’t worry. The University Libraries can get books for you from nearly anywhere in the world, often in just a few days.

Research Help

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Service Desk

Need help getting started? Stop by any library service desk. We'll help with basic research questions or finding a subject expert who can help you.

Knowledge Market

The Knowledge Market is where highly-trained fellow students help you improve your skills. Our Peer Consultants work one-on-one or in small groups to develop your research strategies, writing skills, or polish your presentations.

Subject Librarians

Our librarians have subject expertise and are ready to meet with you one-on-one to help with your research assignment.


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Computers Everywhere

The University Libraries has computer labs at our three main locations. Whether you need a Mac, a PC, or just need to print something quick, we have you covered. You can even check real-time availability!

Laptops & iPads

Need some portability? Borrow laptops and iPads and work where and when you want. (Available to current GVSU students, faculty, and staff only with a photo ID.)


The Makerspace is a place to practice creativity, problem solving, and learn new skills. Housed in the Mary Idema Pew Library, the Maker space currently has 2 3D printers and is open to students, faculty, and staff.

For Distance Students

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The University Libraries knows that distance education students have different needs than on-campus students. All library services at GVSU are available to the distance education community, and we work hard to meet the needs of all distance learners.

Online Research

The library has a rich collection of online information resources to support your research, including thousands of e-journals and hundreds of article databases, available anytime, anywhere.

Subject Librarians

We know that some subjects are taught off-campus more than others. We’ve have librarians assigned to each subject GVSU to help you.

Home Delivery of Books

You can have any book at the University Libraries sent to your home address. Just select "Off-campus pickup" when you request the book. If GVSU doesn't have it, Document Delivery will find it and send it to you.

Local Book Dropoff

Save postage when returning your books by dropping them off in:

Library Quest

Play, Learn, and Win!

We are bringing gaming into the library! Library Quest is a quest-based game developed for the Grand Valley State University Libraries. Complete quests to earn points for chances to win valuable prizes and become a library VIP, earning perks in the process! Find the elusive Player’s Lounge to connect with other players and earn even more points. Along the way, you’ll learn valuable information that can help you use library spaces and services to help with your classwork. You will need a Facebook account to play.

Library Quest on an iPhone

iOS app on the App Store

Library Quest on an Android Device

Android app on Google Play

Page last modified April 27, 2015