Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9 a.m .to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m .to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on the first floor with access to MSU printing. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.

Copyright Services

Copyright Advice

Susan Kendall, Copyright Librarian, cannot give legal advice, but she can provide guidance and help you understand if you need to seek out permissions for your use of materials. 

She may be able to guide you to alternatives that will not require you to seek for or pay for permissions, such as:

  • Using library-licensed resources for which the Library has negotiated special use rights
  • Choosing resources that have more favorable use policies

Copyright Permissions Requests

Tyler Smeltekop assists instructors in obtaining copyright permissions for content used and presented in MSU courses. He can:

  • Help you determine the rights holder and contact them for you
  • Consult with you about selections that can be stable linked, saving your department royalty fees
  • Connect you to librarians for additional assistance or materials acquisition

If obtaining permission will require royalty fees and you wish to proceed with the use, the royalty fees will need to be charged to your departmental account.