Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Artwork Donation Policy

The MSU Libraries are an important campus destination and a center for academic life at Michigan State University, with several thousand visitors on a typical day.

The library's mission is to support teaching, research and outreach at MSU with the best possible services and resources for students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, the library seeks to provide an attractive, engaging space for study and research.

To that end, the Libraries welcome inquiries about the donation of work by established artists to enhance our physical environment. However, we ask potential donors to understand that we are not able to accept every artwork offered to us.

Due to budgetary restraints we cannot accept works which need repair, conservation treatment, or expensive rehousing, such as works which must be displayed under glass. Works within the following size ranges are preferred:

  • Two-dimensional works:
    • Minimum size: 24 x 36 inches
    • Maximum size: 60 x 72 inches
  • Three-dimensional works:
    • Minimum size: 12 x 24 x 36 inches
    • Maximum size: 72 x 72 x 72 inches
  • A pedestal must be supplied with three-dimensional works which require one.

Prospective artwork donations which fall within these guidelines are reviewed by a group of library staff members, appointed by the library director, to determine whether the piece will work well in the library environment. Artworks accepted for the library become the property of Michigan State University.

We greatly appreciate the assistance of our supporters in making the MSU Libraries a pleasant and welcoming space for the MSU community.

Questions?

Please contact our Development Officer, Caitlyn Perry Dial, at (517) 432-0032 or dialcait@msu.edu