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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.

MSU Libraries' Events

Library Events (MSU Events Calendar)

From our writers and film series to traveling exhibits, come to one of the many events and programs we offer here at MSU Libraries. We look forward to seeing you!

Antiphonale

Illuminated Letter of the Antiphonale

Special Collections holds a beautiful and very large “Antiphonale” probably dating from the 15th century. It was donated in 1951 by the E.K. Warren Foundation, but little else is known about the manuscript except that marginal notations suggest it spent a portion of its life in a Spanish monastery and was probably copied for the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church. An “Antiphonale” is a collection of liturgical chants surrounding the Psalm verses appropriate to the day of the Church year. The chants would be sung in unison by the choir in alternation (antiphonally) with the officiant who would chant the Psalm verses. Although the volume is referred to as an “Antiphonale,” research indicates that it is actually two manuscripts  bound together to form a service book. The first part, approximately 45 leaves, consists of antiphons for the Psalms used in the season of Advent, while the second part of 50 leaves contains Introits, Offertories, and Graduals for the Christmas Masses.  You can listen here to six verses of the Advent hymn, “Conditor alme siderum,” which precedes the antiphons in this manuscript.  It was probably sung on a daily basis at or near the opening of the service and the hymn is still in use today; the most common translation is “Creator of the Stars of Night.”

"The Times They Are a-Changin": MSU in 1969-1970

Dean William Combs, first director of the MSU Archives, poses with archival materials.

Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby

An exhibit highlighting the academic year that the University Archives & Historical Collection was established, 1969-1970.

Exhibit created by Jennie Russell, Susan O'Brien, and Megan Badgley-Malone.

50 Years of Earth Day: Ancestors and Heirs

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Now through April 2020
Main Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

The First Earth Day in 1970 brought national attention to the growing concern of environmental degradation in the United States. In the 50 years since, there have been many successes in the protection of the environment both at MSU and the national level. This year, Earth Day will be observed globally with the goal of raising awareness for action on climate change.

Exhibit curated by Stephanie Perentesis & Erika Weir on behalf of the Library Environmental Committee

A Brief History of the University Archives & Historical Collections

Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby
An exhibit highlighting the University Archives & Historical Collections' history from its founding on November 21, 1969 through the present day.
 
Exhibit created by Megan Badgley-Malone, Collections and Outreach Archivist.

Africana

illustration of the African continent

The Archive of African Journals project is a part of the African E-Journals Project. This project hopes to increase accessibility for scholars and other users of these materials which are not widely available even in Africa.

This site houses digital copies of selected past issues of scholarly African Journals: Archive of African Journals.

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