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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.

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!

Pirates, Industry and War: British Magazine Maps of the 18th Century

British Magazine Map

Pirates, Industry and War were featured heavily in 18th Century British news.  Monthly topical and current events magazines evolved as a popular publication style at this time to help educated males in a growing Empire keep up with the latest events.  The most prominent and among the earliest was Gentleman’s Magazine, which began as a digest reprinting the best articles from the slew of dailies and weeklies available in London.  Over time it and its many competitors began to offer original content. 

See the Online Exhibit

This website reproduces a variety of maps from the MSU Map Library Collection which appeared in British magazines in the 18th century. 

Pre 1866 Books in the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections

MSU President Theophilus Abbot

When MSU Libraries formally created its Special Collections department in 1962, the initial collection of books was formed largely by transferring the oldest books from the circulating collection—anything published before 1800—into a protected area. Half a century later, we’re undertaking a similar transfer, only this time with a younger cut-off date. With few exceptions, all books published before 1866 are being moved into Special Collections. When completed, the library will have safeguarded roughly 15,000 books, many of which are fragile, valuable, and often both.

Primal Pictures: Anatomy.tv Modules

3-d computer model of a human head with cranium, muscles, and veins showing

Anatomy TV covers a full range of interactive and accurate 3D models of human anatomy online, with specialized resources on various clinical areas and body systems. MSU's subscription includes Audiology, Head and Neck Basic Neuroanatomy, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, and Urology.

Printed in North Korea : the art of everyday life in the DPRK

Printed in North Korea : the art of everyday life in the DPRK
 

Provenance Project

A page from Giovanni Villani's Florentine Chronicle

The Provenance Project at the MSU Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections is an ongoing effort to systematically catalog marks of ownership and marks of use in rare books here at Michigan State University. A team of library employees and volunteers documents and studies the copy-specific features of these rare books, such as bookplates, owner signatures, bookseller’s notes, library markings, unique bindings, handwritten annotations, and more. A detailed provenance record can shed light on the world outside of our books, giving us crucial insight into the habits of readers, the popularity of particular works and genres, as well as the history of the book and the book trade.

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