Where to Return Items

Indoor drop boxes may require an Mcard for access.

Most items can be returned to any listed location.

Please return all media items (such as CDs and DVDs) directly to a staffed information services desk or use the designated media drop box at the Music Library. This helps ensure materials do not get damaged.

It’s best to return interlibrary loan materials to the interlibrary loan drop box located inside the Shapiro Library lobby, so the items can be checked in promptly and removed from your account. The information services desks listed below also accept these returns, but processing may be delayed.

Individuals who have difficulty returning items due to disability can contact the Interlibrary Loan Office to arrange support.

Outdoor drop box locations

Outdoor drop box locations are available at all times, even when library locations are closed. Items returned during closed hours will be backdated to prevent any inadvertent late fees. 

  • Hatcher Library: Drop box to the left of the south building entry doors (behind the Clements Library)
  • Shapiro Library: Drop box near the southwest emergency exit doors (near the South University Avenue driveway)
  • Pierpont Commons: Outdoor drop box at the drive-up entrance off of Murfin Avenue

Send by mail

If you've left campus, you can mail items back to the library:

University of Michigan Library
913 South University Avenue
Room 104
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Drop boxes by campus location

Central Campus

Hatcher Library

Shapiro Library

Fine Arts Library 

North Quad 

Medical Campus

Taubman Health Sciences Library Information Services Desk

North Campus 

Duderstadt Center

North Campus Research Center (NCRC)

Music Library 

Taubman College of Architecture drop box (floor 1, under the stairs near the southeast exit)

Athletic and South Campuses 

South Campus drop boxes are currently unavailable.

Buhr Reading Room Information Services Desk

Museums Library in the Research Museums Center

U-M Dearborn

Mardigian Library: Interlibrary loan items and U-M Ann Arbor and Flint items must be returned in person to the user service desk on the first floor 

U-M Flint

Thompson Library

  • Drop box at the entrance (outside)
  • 3rd floor lobby drop box
  • 3rd floor circulation desk

French Hall drop box on floor 3 (near elevators)

William S. White Building drop box on floor 1 (near the information desk)