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On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The Main Library is closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do 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.

Book Design Workshops

Please note: The book design workshops for April 7 and 9 have been canceled.  If you have questions about book design using Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word, or if you would like the presentation PDF for a workshop, please contact Julie Taylor: taylorjk@msu.edu.  Thank you.

Do you need to print a book for a class or personal use but don’t know where to start? Library staff offer free workshops providing an introduction to book design and library publishing services. At the workshop you will learn:

  • File requirements for printing books
  • Copyright compliance
  • Book design basics
  • How to use Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word to set up interior files
  • How to use Adobe InDesign or Microsoft PowerPoint to set up cover files
  • Time-saving design tools
  • How to submit files through MSU FileDepot

Multiple workshops will be offered throughout the semester at the dates and times listed below. The workshops are geared toward MSU students, faculty and staff; however, community patrons are welcome to attend. Please register using the Library Events Calendar. Drop-ins may join if there is space available. Please allow ample time for parking to arrive on time for workshops.

Can't make it to the workshop? Classes or groups of five or more may request a book design workshop; please contact Julie Taylor to check for availability and to schedule a date and time for your workshop.

Book Design Workshops using Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign Workshops will be presented in the Beaumont Instruction Room located on the second floor (west) of the Main Library.

Date Day Time Registration Page
January 29 Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm Register for January 29
April 7 Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm CANCELED

Book Design Workshops using Microsoft Word

MS Word Workshops will be presented in the Red Cedar West Instruction Room located on the second floor (west) of the Main Library.

Date Day Time Registration Page
February 12 Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm Register for February 12
April 9 Thursday 2 pm - 4pm CANCELED

Photo Book Workshop using Microsoft Word

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to design a photo book you can print at MSU Libraries Publishing Services. In this free workshop, you will learn:

  • How to change the page size and margins
  • How to insert images
  • How to crop, resize, and rotate images
  • How to position the image, use text wrap, and add effects
  • How to create a text style for your photo captions
  • How to add page numbers
  • How to export your photo book to PDF
Date Day Time Registration Page
February 21 Friday 12pm - 1:30pm Register for February 21