Michigan State University

All individuals are required to wear masks indoors in all campus buildings, including the Libraries.

For more information on Library hours and services, please visit our Using the Library page.


Starting on Thursday, December 23, 2021, MeLCat Borrowing and Lending will be suspended while the MSU Libraries undergoes a significant software transition.

MSU students, staff, and faculty can continue to utilize interlibrary loan by placing requests through the MSU Libraries Interlibrary Services department. Community patrons will not be able to use MeLCat through the MSU Libraries during this time, but they can continue to do so using their local public library.

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.