Notice: The MSU Map Library will be closed June 17th through June 28th due to East Wing construction. Please use our Ask a Map or GIS Librarian webform to send questions and requests.
Notice: The MSU Map Library will be closed June 17th through June 28th due to East Wing construction. Please use our Ask a Map or GIS Librarian webform to send questions and requests.

Lending Policies

Circulating Atlases

Approximately 4,500 atlases and texts about maps and cartography circulate with the same loan periods as other normal library materials and are available for interlibrary loans.

Geologic Maps

Approximately 14,000 folded geologic maps from the various USGS series and state geological surveys circulate freely. They are searchable in the library's catalog. They may be identified by the location "MSU Map Library Compact Shelving". Ask at the Map Library service desk, as the folded Geology maps are in locked stacks.

Non-Circulating Materials

Most other Map Library items do not circulate except by special permission. This includes oversized atlases (designated as Supersize or Flat Atlases), sheet maps, globes, and reference books. Special Permission will not be granted for anything determined to be rare or fragile. The main library has several options for scanning and copying items and the Map Library also has two oversized scanners. Please contact the Map Librarian for more information.