Michigan State University

Though MSU Libraries remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are preparing to welcome students this fall, and we are working on changes inside our Library to welcome people safely. Our goal is to reopen to the public August 24. Until then (and after), we will continue to offer virtual services. Many resources remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.


In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the MSU Libraries will be opening Distance Services to all students, staff, and faculty.

M.A.R.S. 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.