Eshleman Library

The HFC Eshleman Library provides places to explore, research, discuss, and create new information.

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Access research databases to find peer-reviewed sources, and more.

What are you searching for?

We can help you find what you're looking for in the HFC Library Catalog.

Search for books, articles, citations, and more

Library Services during the pandemic

You can contact us if you have questions, need a library barcode, or need help doing library research.

Ask for help:

  • By live chat - "Ask a Librarian"
  • By email – contact us or email the Library Director at for questions about fines, MeL items, or registration holds.
  • By phone – (313) 845-9760. We will respond during library business hours.
  • By text message - (313) 241-3489

We're available to help you in person (in Building B) and online Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and online only Monday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you have any library materials checked out, please do not return them to campus. Your materials will not be due until further notice. No overdue fines will be assessed on materials currently checked out.

Library Research Guides

Subject/Course Guides

Our knowledge base FAQ provides answers to questions about the library and the resources you can use.

Sample questions:

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Most of our services are currently provided by phone or online. Please contact us before coming to campus.

Hours during Winter Semester: 
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Located in the Library (B)

Online only hours:
Monday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and;
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Troubleshooting access to online resources

The Henry Ford College Eshleman Library provides online research databases for students, faculty, and staff. These databases are accessible from off campus with a library barcode number.

If you need a library card or you need help, please contact a librarian.


Browser, network, website security or ISP problem (most common issues):

  • Browser issues: Try a different web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari). This is the most common solution. Databases such as CINAHL and Kanopy often work best in Firefox.
  • Browser cache full: Go to your browser settings and clear the history (cache) and cookies, restart your browser, and try to reconnect.
  • Browser update required: Check to ensure that your browser is up to date.
  • JavaScript and/or cookies disabled: Go to the browser settings and enable JavaScript or allow cookies.
  • Local firewall preventing use of the library proxy: This problem is common in corporate or institutional settings. Contact your local network administrator for support.
  • Internet service provider (ISP) preventing use of the library proxy: Some ISPs, especially satellite providers, may prevent the use of proxies. Contact your ISP for support.

Password problem:

Database is asking for a password other than library barcode

The library usually does not use separate login information for databases. If a database asks for a different password, it is often due to the following factors:

  • Attempting to access the database directly, rather than linking from the HFC library page. Access the resource from the Library website directly.
  • The database timed out due to inactivity. Initiate a new session using a link from the Library website.
  • The number of simultaneous users allowed under the library's contract for the database has been exceeded. Wait a few minutes, then try to access the resource again.

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