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.
Scholarly communication encompasses the systems and processes involved in the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge. As both an author and a reader, scholarly communication practices are an intrinsic part of the fabric of the professional life for faculty, researchers, and students. The MSU Libraries are your partner in navigating the complex issues around author rights, peer-review, access, costs, new models of publishing, preservation, and compliance with research funder policies.
Many components of the scholarly communication system are evolving along with changes in technical infrastructure, social practices, and the economics of publishing. Serious problems in the system have been pointed out by thinkers in the field, university administrators, and librarians, but the issues are complex, and there are no easy solutions.