Michigan State University

We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new catalog. The old catalog will no longer be available beginning October 1st.

Please report any problems you may experience to Discovery Services by calling (517) 353-8700 or by filling out our feedback form.

Note: Borrowing from other Michigan libraries through MeLCat continues to be suspended until further notice.

To learn more information, please see our FAQ page  and our policy on Personal Data Collection and Usage for Library Accounts.

Library Facts

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


  • 7,805,066 unique print and electronic titles
  • 7,267,012 print and electronic volumes
  • 2,144,905 e-books
  • plus more than 235,000 maps; 85,844 sound recordings and films/videos; and nearly 7,000,000 microfilm/microfiche


  • Librarians conducted 646 instruction sessions and workshops, reaching a total of 27,167 people
  • The reference staff handled 14,331 questions in person, by phone, and online
  • The library borrowed 16,163 items from other libraries for MSU users, and loaned 63,939 items from our collections to other libraries
  • The library website was visited more than 1.2 million times, and users retrieved 3,972,264 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.