Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. These areas include main-floor access to Patron Services as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. Capacity for the study space is 100 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.

Current Periodicals

Current Periodicals are located on the second floor of the west wing (2 West or 2W) in the Main Library. Consisting of a variety of scholarly journals, popular magazines, periodicals, and newspapers, current issues of over 4,000 titles can be found in the Current Periodicals Unit.

You can find the location of a title by checking the library catalog.

  • Recent unbound issues in Current Periodicals 2W: These titles are arranged alphabetically by title on open shelves in the Current Periodicals area on 2 West. Items housed in this area are “Library Use Only” and may not be checked out.
  • Recent unbound issues at Current Periodicals Desk 2W: These titles are stored behind the Current Periodicals Desk on 2 West. These items can be checked out for 2-hour use in the library with an MSU ID.
  • MSU Newspapers, 2 West: U.S. and foreign newspapers are shelved in the reading area near the Current Periodicals on 2 West. Print issues are kept on the shelves for a minimum of two weeks (depending on receipt of corresponding microfilm). Many newspapers are also now available online.

All materials located in Current Periodicals/Microforms are restricted to in-building use. Photocopiers are located in the MakeCentral on 2 West and throughout the Main Library.


Whenever you have questions or concerns about current periodicals or the microform collection, please feel free to stop at the Service Desk or call Current Periodicals/Microforms ((517) 884-6386) and ask for assistance. The department can also be reached via e-mail: vasque25@msu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions about Current Periodicals and Microforms