Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.

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What if a Source is Online?

The intellectual content of a piece, not the physical format, determines whether it's primary or secondary.

The text of a diary is a primary source whether you read the original, 100-year-old volume, or a digital reproduction on the web. Either way, you're getting firsthand evidence.

A historian's article about the causes of World War II is a secondary source, whether you read the published version or her handwritten first draft. Either way, you're getting an interpretation of the events.