Library Open 88 Hours


It’s BACK!

STUDY   DAYS    in  the   LIBRARY


—   Thompson Library open Monday am to Thursday pm    —


The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 18th and will remain open (24 hours per day) until midnight on Thursday, April 21st this spring (2016).

—>   See below for complete schedule of hours.

Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.


  • Where to Go?   Study Rooms and group areas will be available in the library for those that need to study together, while quiet areas will be strictly enforced for those that need peace and quiet to get that studying in and work on final papers before exams begin.


  • Will it be safe in the Library?   Department of Public Safety officers will be on hand to ensure the library will be a safe environment for those wishing to stay into the wee hours of the morning — or overnight!


  • Need computers?     ITS  lab  inside the library offers over 100   computers (including a few Macs) divided among all 3 floors.       Additionally,  ITS has  3 printer/copier machines  (one on each floor)  inside the library, all connected to the campus print queue.


  • Recharge devices?  There are many electrical outlets  (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.


  •  Need a laptop?  Thompson Library even has laptops available to checkout for use within the library.   (Remember; student id cards — the UMID — also acts as your library card using the barcode on the back of your card.)


  • Need to play videos or CDs?    VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.


  • Need headphones?    Check out headphones using your UMID at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor near entrance to library).


  • Need study space?  Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.


  • Need help using Library?  And as always, our librarians and staff will be here during the entire 88 hours  and will be available to  assist patrons with their research needs.


  • FOOD?!!  Again this spring, Student Government at The University of Michigan-Flint will be providing snacks from 9pm – 1am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor library lobby.


  • Will it be safe walking on campus?  University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety will provide escorts on request all around campus, all night, and will be keeping the UPAV lot and Skywalk open all night to further ensure student safety.


  • Stressed?    Thompson Library will have adult coloring books available again this spring, AND the therapy dogs will be visiting soon, too.






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Contact Thompson Library for more information at:

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Circulation Desk:   810 / 762-3400






Beginning Monday, April 18th, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:


Monday   —  Wednesday :                          Open at 8 am — Open 24 hours

Thursday (21st) –                                            Close at midnight.

Friday (22nd):                                                       8 am to 10 pm

          Saturday (23rd):                                     10 am to 10 pm   

          Sunday (24th):                                          12 noon to 12 midnight


Monday (25th)  —  Wed (27th):                   8 am to 2 am

Thursday (28th):                                                   8 – midnight

Friday (29th):                                                          8 am to 6 pm


        Saturday (30th):                          CLOSED  

        Sunday (1st):                                  CLOSED



          Spring hours begin Monday, May 2, 2016

          and run through the end of summer semester.




—     SPRING HOURS    —-



Monday – Thursday:                                            8 am    to  10 pm

Friday:                                                                          8 am    to    6 pm

         Saturday:                                                         12 noon to 6 pm

         Sunday:                                                             12 noon to 8 pm





























Flint Water Crisis

Information Available from Library


Where?   What?  When?   How?


Confused about the current Flint, Michigan water crisis?

Searching for information to help you understand the issues?

Want to know what is being done to help?

What does Flint — the state of Michigan, or the nation — plan on doing to correct the problems?

Do you have questions about the water in Flint, but don’t know where to look?


Hamilton Dam, Flint River (spring, 2013) Flint, Michigan

University of Michigan-Flint librarians have put together a research guide on the Flint Water Crisis, gathering a wide variety of resources on the topic together in one convenient location.

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The resources included in this guide were selected on the basis of their impartiality and factual information provided.

Flint River (Flint, MI) View of Thompson Library from north bank of Flint River.

Open to the general public, the guide can be found on the Thompson Library website under “Subject Guides.”   No login is needed to use this guide or the resources included within the guide.



Flint River in spring. South bank, in front of Thompson Library building, University of Michigan-Flint.

For the convenience of our readers, we include a quick-link to the guide here.

Flint Water Crisis Resource Guide






Flint River Display at Archives in Library



          Flint Water Crisis in Historical Perspective



While the current water crisis involving lead pipes and contaminated water is very much in local, national and international news, water has been an issue in Flint for many years.IMG_2601


Water from the Flint River has always been central to our city, for drinking as well as for other purposes.


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Flint was settled on the banks of the Flint River because of the easy access to fresh water and river transportation it offered, all conveniently located between the settlements of Saginaw and Detroit.


Water continued to be a focus as the logging industry revved up into high gear, with rivers providing quick travel avenues for logs headed to mills to be finished into lumber which would support both shipbuilding and the rise of new cities.


The Crapo lumber mill on the Flint River helped fuel the growth of early industrial Flint.  And the Crapo family, which settled in Flint, went on to bring further industrialization to the area — and the world.



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As industrialization rose, so did contamination of the very water which drew people to Flint from the beginning.


IMG_2594Controversy arose over whether local citizens should rely on water from their river, or bring water in from Detroit long before the failure of aging plumbing infrastructure.







In addition to concerns over water quality, Flint has faced other threats related to our river, such as fires and floods.IMG_2588





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US Army Corp of Engineers worked on solutions to the flooding of the Flint River — late 1970s.

How our city handles its current water  crisis will determine the course of its future, but without doubt the interconnection between the citizenry of Flint, Michigan with the Flint River will continue to be intertwined.


Thompson Library (UM-Flint) and Flint skyline as seen from the Flint River today.