Michigan State University

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.


Online exhibits provide an easy point of entry to the extensive collections depicting the many different types of materials and resources of Special Collections.

Primary Sources Online Exhibit - Introduces the many types of primary sources housed in Special Collections.

Save America's Treasures Online Exhibit - Illustrates conservation treatments performed on the Early American Schoolbook collection.

History of Binding - The book as we know it today has been around for nearly 2000 years, but the books we read today look nothing like those early books bound by the Copts and early Christians. This exhibit offers examples of bindings ranging from some of the oldest books in Special Collections to the 15th century.

Vibrant Treasures - Botanical Illustrations from the 16th to 20th Centuries.

Healing Waters of Bath - An exhibit of Special Collections books relating to the famous spa waters of the city of Bath, England.

For Better or for Worse - An exhibit on advice about marriage from early modern English conduct books.