Michigan State University

Library Facts

Each year, we compile statistics about our resources and services for the Association of Research Libraries. Here are some highlights from 2013/14:


  • 6,531,145 unique print and electronic titles
  • 6,548,621 print and electronic volumes
  • 1,555,710 e-books
  • plus more than 235,000 maps; 85,844 sound recordings and films/videos; and nearly 7,000,000 microfilm/microfiche


  • Librarians conducted 698 instruction sessions and workshops, reaching a total of 32,221 people
  • The reference staff handled 41,701 questions in person, by phone, and online
  • The library borrowed 19,981 items from other libraries for MSU users, and loaned 68,468 items from our collections to other libraries
  • The library website was visited 1,601,429 times, and users retrieved 3,926,184 full-text articles from the library's databases.
  • Digital collections created from MSU Libraries' holdings exceed 100 terabytes, and cover the breadth of collecting areas from Agriculture to Veterinary Medicine. 

History Highlights

  • The first MSU librarian, George Fairchild, was appointed in 1883.
  • The first dedicated building for the library (now the MSU Museum) was completed in 1925.
  • The library moved to its current location in 1955; the east wing of the building was added in 1967.
  • The library catalog went online in 1989.
  • The value of the library endowment surpassed $6 million in 2011.

College Hall in black and white

The library's first location was a single room on the third floor of College Hall.