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Make an Appointment with University Archives

The University Archives and Historical Collections is dedicated to providing unique materials to all patrons. During the last several months of the pandemic, our team has been committed to providing these materials to patrons near and far. As we reopen access to these materials on Monday, August 31, we ask for your patience and adherence to all university policies to ensure the safety of all patrons and materials.

In an effort to protect our patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Libraries has decided to limit public access points. The University Archives Reading Room at Conrad Hall will remain closed and public access will be served from the Special Collections (SPC) Reading Room located at the MSU Main Library building. We will have limited hours for patrons to use our collections by appointment only at the SPC Reading Room. The SPC Reading Room will not have walk-in hours during the fall semester. University Archives email and telephone reference support will continue.

For your visit to the Special Collections Reading Room to be successful, the following steps need to be followed.

  1. Requests for materials must be made no less than 5 business days before your appointment. Review finding aids and then call (517-355-2330) or email University Archives for needed materials.
  2. Make an appointment for visiting the SPC Reading Room. Appointments are required and must be made no less than 5 days in advance. The reading room is open M-F 10AM - 2PM.
  3. Complete our researcher registration form.

We are happy to answer reference questions or provide other services to help you plan your visit. Please contact via email or telephone 517-355-2330.

All SPC Reading Room patrons are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e. masks), maintain social distancing and abide by all rules and directions of MSU, the MSU Libraries, and all MSU Libraries staff in regard to health and safety of patrons, staff and community.

Also, please note that when materials are returned, they are quarantined for 5 days to limit possible exposure and cross-contamination. This may make some resources unavailalbe at the time of your request

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