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Collections Division

Welcome! The mission of the Collections Division of the Michigan State University Libraries is to support the research and teaching needs of the university community by selecting, maintaining and providing information resources in diverse formats. Library staff in the division pursue this goal through collection development and selection of resources, liaison with faculty about their needs, interaction with library users in a reference or classroom setting or one-to-one, collaboration in cataloging resources, analysis and assessment of use of the collection, collaboration with other library units, and maintenance of a collection that is relevant, current and functional. After selection, orders for resources are handled by the Technical Service Division (acquisitions, processing and cataloging). InterLibrary Loan is employed as an option to meet some needs. Special Collections operates as a separate division.

An overview of the MSU Libraries includes  summary statistics about the collection.

Using online forms, you may suggest a book to be considered for purchase. Suggestions for new periodical subscriptions should be directed to the appropriate subject librarian. A separate form is available to request materials to be placed on Reserve (Assigned Reading).

Steven Sowards is the Associate Director for Collections:
     MSU Libraries
     366 W. Circle Drive
     East Lansing MI 48824
Email: sowards[at]msu.edu

There are five collection coordinators corresponding to major groups of subjects:

  • Mary Jo Zeter -- Area Studies (International Studies)
  • Susan Kendall -- Health Sciences
  • Terrie Wilson -- Humanities
  • Eric Tans -- Sciences
  • Kathleen Weessies -- Social Sciences

A complete list of subject librarians provides contact information. The division also includes an Electronic Resources Unit.