Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. 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.

Dean Salem's Message on Expanded Hours and Study Spaces in the Main Library

As you may know, we recently expanded available study space in the Main Library. We reopened one portion of our building at the beginning of the fall semester, and we reopened an additional portion of the building February 1. Both study spaces are on the first floor and have restricted capacity. We also extended the hours of public operation in the Main Library to 9-5, Monday through Friday, and 12 pm to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Though we are not “back to normal,” we are glad to offer more Library spaces and additional hours to support study needs and research needs.

We make these changes with the goal of enhancing access to our collections, but we will continue to monitor and evaluate the safety of our spaces. Most of the building will remain closed to reduce concentrations of people and reduce exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. The open corridor on the main floor gives you access to Circulation, where you may pick up pre-requested material. We have lockers for 24/7 touchless pickup located in the north entrance, which give our campus partners another safe option for collecting materials.

We offer access to Special Collections materials and items in our Map Library by appointment, and we also will make arrangements during those hours to make resources such as the 360 room available by appointment to single users. Makerspace Makestations also are open by appointment, and we are offering contactless service for 3D Prints, Vinyl Cuts, and Laser Cuts. We are still offering contactless lending technology, and Passport Services is open by appointment for new passport applications.

We will continue to offer virtual services, and we are actively engaged with supporting distance learning and teaching. We remain partners in teaching and learning, even when we partner remotely. Please see our Online and Distance Learning Resources page for more information.

A few things you should know:

  • We retrieve requested items from the stacks and the Business Library for pickup at the Main Library.
  • We can scan articles and book chapters and send material electronically to students, staff, and faculty in adherence with copyright law.
  • We can mail books to students living off campus, including those in East Lansing. Faculty and staff can have material delivered to their offices or mailed to their home address.
  • We continue to add to our collections, preferencing electronic acquisitions.
  • We have touchless lockers available in the Main Library for material pickups.
  • We remain available to chat about your information needs and can provide information literacy instruction online.
  • We offer access to databases that can help you stream music and films.
  • If you need a book or article via interlibrary loan (ILL), some electronic and physical delivery will be available. Not all of our BTAA library partners are loaning right now, but many are and we will do our best to get what you need. In some cases we may be able to buy a book or e-book if ILL does not work out.

Our facilities staff has worked to prepare the building for a safe reopening. You'll notice some changes, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Guidelines for seating with increased space between tables and chairs
  • Reconfigured furniture to accommodate new guidelines
  • Restricted access to some previously open areas (so we can better control spaces that remain open to the public)
  • Plexiglass shields at all of our service desks
  • Delayed re-shelving of books (we quarantine books for 5 days after they've been returned)
  • Temporary suspension of 24-hour operations to accommodate overnight cleaning
  • A requirement to wear masks (what we should all, for the time being, think of as an extension of "No shirt, no shoes, no service...")

Thank you for your patience. Please take care, and please reach out to us when you need help. If you can't find an answer on our website or if you'd simply prefer to talk with someone, please feel free to call us at our main number: (517) 353-8700. We'll help you find the help you need.

Take Care,
Joseph A. Salem, Jr.
Dean of Libraries