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Welcome to The Zahnow Library

The Melvin J. Zahnow Library provides information resources and services to support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty and staff of Saginaw Valley State University (see Mission and Goals). Spread over four floors with entrances on the first and second floors, its collections cover a vast array of topics and a multitude of formats. Librarians work collaboratively with faculty to add new materials, a process referred to as collection development. See the Collections page for a thorough description.

Many of the materials housed in the Library may be checked out through the first-floor Circulation Desk or the second-floor Information Desk. Finding specific items is done through our Classic/CardCat or Ebsco Discovery Service online catalogs. For more information about the library see (Library History)

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Curbside Service
  • To provide the best service for our patrons, we are offering curbside service at this time. Please schedule a time above. 
Equipment Return
  • If you have equipment returns, please schedule a time for the drop-off above. 


Zahnow Library Summer Hours of Services - We are welcoming visitors back starting July 6, 2020!

  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Appointments available 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Closed: Saturday - Sunday

To contact Library staff or leave a message, you can call us at (989)964-4240, email us at or click here to visit our help section with other service options such as chat and texts.