Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Preservation Office

The MSU Libraries' Preservation Office, a department of the Conservation & Preservation Unit, is responsible for the overall care of the library's print and paper-based collections. Activities include environmental and pest monitoring, user education and co-ordination with other units on matters of caring for books, especially Special Collections and other units with collections of distinction. All supply orders for conservation and archival supplies are routed through the Preservation Office via the Supplies Ordering System (for MSU Libraries' staff only). The Preservation Office is also responsible for the MSUL's Disaster Response Plan and spearheads the Disaster Recovery Committee.

The Preservation Office maintains information on best practices for handling MSU Libraries' materials and maintaining safe conditions for their long term care.

Current and recent projects have included:

  • Boxing of Special Collections in preparation for moving collections (2020-ongoing)
  • Mold remediation and consultation at Gull Lake Kellogg Biological Station Library (2022)
  • Planning for the future relocation of the Special Collections stacks (2016-ongoing)
  • Expansion of the MSUL Remote Storage facility (2016-2017)
  • Google scanning project (2012-2014)