Michigan State University

On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The Main Library is closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.

Facts & Figures

(as of March 20, 2020)


  • Opened in our current location in 1997
  • We are named after William C. Gast


  • Over 137,000 Books and Bound Journals
  • Over 500 CDs, DVDs, and Floppies and over 100 audio books
  • Over 70 Business databases and many more databases in all subject areas
  • Over 9,000 Online business journals
  • Course and Research Guides: over 50


  • Seating Capacity: 532
  • Overall Area: 27,355 feet
  • Open 99 hours weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Computers for individual use: 109
  • Wireless internet access throughout the library
  • 11 group study rooms able to accommodate groups of 8-10 and a collaborative technology lab able to accommodate a group of 15. All of the rooms have large TV monitors, white boards and are equipped with wireless Cisco Mini Room Kits that allows users to display  devices on the monitors. The kits also have a built-in camera, microphone, and speaker for web conferences. 
  • 40 lockers available for daily checkout
  • Classroom / Computer Lab (Room 22):
    • 24 student computer workstations
    • 1 instructor workstation including computer
    • LCD Projector screen, 2 flat screens, 1 SmartBoard, VCR, and sound equipment
  • MSU Print credit printing available utilizing 3 large capacity B&W printers and 1 large capacity Color printer
  • 1 Color scanner/faxing station
  • 1 Photocopier
  • 1 Magnifier/Reader (Aladdin Rainbow Reader - available upon request)

Primary Clientele

  • Over 7,700 students in the Broad College of Business (undergraduates and graduate students) as of Spring 2018
  • Over 120 Full-time faculty in the Broad College of Business 
  • We also serve the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and their over 1,400 students (undergraduates and graduate students) and over 30 professors and instructors


  • Visitors since 1997 exceeds 5 Million
  • Group Study Room and Collaborative Technology Lab Reservations: nearly 14,000 with 90% filled/booked for 2018/19
  • Items checked out: over 8000 for 2018/19
  • InterLibrary Loans: over 1000 filled for 2018/19
  • Front Desk Interactions: over 2200 for 2018/19


  • Approximately 18 student employees
  • 7 Full time staff members (5 librarians and 2 support staff)