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.

MSU Libraries Collection Strategies

The Michigan State University Libraries collections librarians build and maintain collections of information resources to support the strategic plan and vision of the university in accordance with the Libraries Strategic Plan.  

An overview of the MSU Libraries includes summary statistics about the collection.

Susan Kendall is the Head of Collection Strategies

Diane Warner is the Electronic Resources Coordinator

Coordinators of collection management in various subject areas include:

  • Iris Kovar-Gough (interim)-- Health Sciences
  • Breezy Silver--Business
  • Eric Tans -- Sciences
  • Terrie Wilson -- Humanities
  • Kathleen Weessies -- Social Sciences
  • vacant -- Area Studies (International Studies)

More than 30 subject librarians are engaged in collection management at the MSU Libraries.

Using online forms, MSU faculty, staff, or students may suggest a book to be considered for purchase. Suggestions for databases or journals should be directed to the appropriate subject librarian. A separate form is available to request materials to be placed on Reserve (Assigned Reading).