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.

Joseph J. Lauer

Joe Lauer is the Africana Librarian at MSU, where he has worked since 1989 and retired in 2016. Previous librarian positions were at the University of Wisconsin, the University at Buffalo, MSU (as Sahel Documentation Center librarian), and UCLA. Aside from building and cataloging the collection at MSU, he has compiled lists of dissertations about Africa and has been active in the affairs of the Africana Librarians Council and the Cooperative Africana Materials Project. He has degrees in history from St. John’s University (Minnesota) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A. & Ph.D.); and a Master’s in library science from Wisconsin. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and did dissertation research in western Côte d’Ivoire.