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 50 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.

Microfiche - Major Collections

All the collections mentioned below have a separate location within the Microforms Library. Additional collections are shelved by call number.

ERIC Documents (Educational Resources Information Center)

Many ERIC items from 1966-2003 are available on microfiche. Microfiche items will be preceded by "ED" in the ERIC citation. These microfiche are shelved in numeric order by the 6 digit number which follows the "ED" in the citation. ERIC articles which are not preceded by an "ED" will not be on microfiche and must be searched by the source, usually a journal title. Many ERIC documents from 1993 forward are also available online. The ERIC database listing provides a link to the full text.

MSU Theses

In additon to the paper copies on Ground West, MSU theses are also available on microfilm or microfiche. Check the catalog for access information.

NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)

These microfiche are shelved in numeric order according to the number that follows the "NCJ" in the citation. Not every NCJ citation is on microfiche. In the case where no microfiche exists, the article must be searched by the source.


These microfiche are generally shelved by the SABIN number listed on the fiche and in the catalog record. In some cases particular SABIN titles have been catalogued and given their own call number. In these cases the microfiche will be shelved in the general microfiche collection by call number.

Other major collections include:

  • CIHM: Pre- 1900 Canadiana
  • PAH: Pamphlets in American History
  • HRAF: Human Relations Area Files
  • National Union Catalog
  • Kew Lists