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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.

Make an Appointment with Special Collections

The Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections at the Michigan State University Libraries is dedicated to providing unique materials to all patrons. During the last several months of the pandemic, our team has been committed to providing these materials to patrons near and far. As we reopen to the public for appointments on Monday, August 31, 2020, we ask for your patience and adherence to all university policies to ensure the safety of all patrons and materials.

In an effort to protect our patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited hours for patrons to use our collections by appointment only {where "by appointment only" links to the libcal booking page}. The Special Collections Reading Room will not have walk-in hours during the fall semester.

Appointments are required to use the Reading Room and must be placed at least five (5) days in advance. You must request materials no less than five (5) days in advance of your appointment. We are happy to answer reference questions or provide other services to help you plan your visit. For Special Collections questions contact via email: spc@lib.msu.edu or telephone: 517-884-6471. For University Archives and Historical Collections contact via email: archives@msu.edu or telephone: 517-355-2330. For the Turfgrass Information Center, contact via email: tgif@msu.edu.

Accessing Physical Materials

For your visit to the Special Collections Reading Room to be successful, the following steps need to be followed.

  • Browse the MSU Libraries online catalog. Once you have found your item(s), click the purple “Get it!” icon.This will route your request to Special Collections staff or the Turfgrass Information Center staff. 
  • For all University Archives and Historical Collections requests, please contact them directly by email: archives@msu.edu or telephone: 517-355-2330. Requests for materials must be made no less than 5 business days before your planned visit.

An appointment is required to use the Special Collections Reading Room.

  • Make  an appointment using the link below to follow all procedures.
  • Appointments will be 5 business days from the date you make the appointment. The reading room is open Monday – Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. 
  • If you have not requested materials in advance of your appointment, your scheduled appointment will be cancelled.

Make an Appointment

We are happy to answer reference questions or provide other services to help you plan your visit. For Special Collections questions contact via email: spc@lib.msu.edu or telephone: 517-884-6471. For University Archives and Historical Collections contact via email: archives@msu.edu or telephone: 517-355-2330. For the Turfgrass Information Center, contact via email: tgif@msu.edu.

All reading room patons are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e. masks), maintain social distancing, and abide by all rules and directions of MSU, the MSU Libraries, and all MSU Libraries staff in regard to health and safety of patrons, staff, and community.

Also, please note that when materials are returned, they are quarantined for five days to limit possible exposure and cross-contamination. This may make some resources unavailable at the time of your request.

Electronic Resources

Browse the Michigan State University Libraries Digital Collections. Can’t make it to the Reading Room in person? Browse these digital offerings from the Michigan State University Libraries and University Archives & Historical Collections to support your research.