Michigan State University

Services for Persons with Disabilities


  • If you need assistance in the Library, please notify a Library staff member at any public service desk
  • You may also email accessibility@lib.msu.edu with questions or comments

Main Library Facility Accessibility Information


Accessible parking is located on the east side of the Main Library, and at the South (back) entrance.

Building Entrance

Universal entry to the Main Library is provided at the South (back) entrance, with power-assisted doors. Power-assisted doors are also available at the North entrance.

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours of the Main Library's first floor and Digital Scholarship Lab are available to view before visiting:

If these virtual tours are inaccessible to you, please contact accessibility@lib.msu.edu to request an in-person tour or a written floor plan description.


Elevators in both the East and West wings provide access to all floors of the Main Library. All elevators have Braille and tactile numbering and lettering both outside and inside each elevator.

Accessible Restrooms

  • 4-West restroom near the Music Library (after exiting the main elevator on 4-W, take two right turns). Fully wheelchair accessible.
  • 1-West restroom across from the Sparty’s Café. Stalls with grab bars are not fully wheelchair accessible. Automatic doors.

Accessible Drinking Fountains

  • 1-West across from the Sparty's Cafe. Includes bottle filling station.
  • 2-West across from Digital Scholarship Lab. Includes bottle filling station.
  • 4-West by near the Green Room. Includes bottle filling station.

Library Services for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Listening Device

An assistive listening device is available for events or meetings taking place in the MSU Main Library Green Room.  Please contact atc@lib.msu.edu in advance of the event or meeting to ensure proper setup.

A Phonic Ear Easy Listener device is available for events, classes, or meetings taking place at the MSU Libraries. Please contact atc@lib.msu.edu to reserve the assistive listening device.

Assistive Technology Center (ATC)

For information about the Libraries' Assistive Technology Center (ATC Room), please see the Assistive Technology Center page.

Book Retrieval

Please send a list of material to be retrieved via email to atc@lib.msu.edu. These materials will be held at the Circulation Desk for pickup. Expected turnaround time is two business days.

Authorize another person to check out books on your behalf

Patrons who cannot come in to the library to pick up the requested books may fill out a form to have someone else pick the books on their behalf. This process takes a few days to complete. To authorize another person to check out material, please email atc@lib.msu.edu with your request.  

Library Material Remediation

The MSU Libraries can remediate inaccessible library electronic/digital materials for users with disabilities. More information can be found on the Remediation Requests & Info page: Opens in a New Tab. Any questions should be directed to: libraryremediation@lib.msu.edu.

Interlibrary Loan

InterLibrary Services will get copies of articles, books or other materials not available at the MSU Libraries for MSU students, faculty, and staff at no charge.

Please contact the Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille & Talking Book Library ((800) 992-9012) to receive Braille and audiobooks from the National Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.


Headphones are available for borrowing from the service desk in the Klein Digital Multimedia Center, Main Library, 4th Floor West.


In the Main Library, lockers (for storage of personal belongings and checked-out library material) may be reserved by undergraduates for one semester, and graduate students for one year. One day lockers and padlocks are also available. Please ask at the Circulation Desk (between library entrances on first floor) or call (517) 355-2333.

Motorized Cart

The Main Library has an Amigo motorized cart to help patrons move throughout the building. Please ask at the Circulation Desk (between library entrances on first floor) about checking out the motorized cart for the 2 hour borrowing period, or call (517) 355-2333 for more information.

Shopping Carts

Small shopping carts are available for one-day use. Please ask at the Circulation Desk (between library entrances on first floor) to borrow a shopping cart, or call (517) 355-2333 for more information.

Reference Services

Assistance using library resources is available at the Main Library Reference Desk as well as by email, chat, or phone using Ask A Librarian.


Assistance with self-service copying, scanning, or printing is available as staffing allows at the Selma D. and Stanley C. Hollander MakeCentral: Service Desk (on 2nd Floor West) at the current price. Without extra charge, material can be left at the MakeCentral for the staff to copy.

Map Library

The Map Library, located in the Main Library on 3rd Floor West, has a collection of several dozen tactile maps – primarily state maps and world continents. For assistance, ask at the Map Library Desk.

Read Aloud Space

In the Main Library, you may use the Assistive Technology Center, group study rooms, or the Collaborative Technology Labs.

Quiet Study Space

The entire East wing of the Main Library is designated as quiet study space.

Assistive Technology in the Branch Libraries

A CCTV magnifier (Aladdin Rainbow RB-1) is available in the Business Library.