Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9 a.m .to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m .to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on the first floor with access to MSU printing. 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.

M.A.R.S. Michigan State University Article Retrieval Service

MARS Michigan State University Article Retrieval Service

We scan and electronically deliver an article or chapter from MSU's print collection for MSU faculty, staff, and students. The service is free, and completed within 2-3 business days.

After locating an available item in the MSU Libraries catalog, use the Get It! button (displayed below) and select “Request a Scan” on the next page. Be sure to include information about the specific chapter or article being sought. If needed, please sign into your ILLiad account. MARS requests may also be submitted by logging onto the Libraries’ ILLiad system and selecting “Scan (Article/Book Chapter).”

Get It Button Example

Please assist us in maintaining relatively quick service by observing the following procedural guidelines:

  • Copyright guidelines prohibit the Libraries from scanning multiple articles from the same issue of a journal or multiple chapters from the same book.
  • Only one request per request form will be accepted. Multiple requests on a single form will cause processing delays.
  • If the MSU copy is unavailable at the time of the request we will arrange to obtain it from another library. This may add another 2-3 days before the request is fulfilled.
  • Articles/chapters will be sent electronically to your ILLiad account as a 300 dpi PDF file.