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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Visual Primary Sources

Visual resources may take many forms: photos, historical paintings, blueprints, engineering schematics, and even three-dimensional artifacts.

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Photographs may record styles of dress, architecture, street scenes, public events, and many other subjects.
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Artifacts also offer insight into daily life and activities. This book of fabric samples, which has been beautifully preserved, gives a wonderful insight into clothing styles which might have been photographed only in black & white.