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Though MSU Libraries remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are preparing to welcome students this fall, and we are working on changes inside our Library to welcome people safely. Our goal is to reopen to the public August 24. Until then (and after), we will continue to offer virtual services. Many resources 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.

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the Special Collections reading room at the MSU Library

Special Collections was established in 1962 to hold, preserve, build, and make accessible rare materials and special collections in the MSU Libraries. All materials must be used in the Special Collections reading room to protect and preserve them for use today and in the future. Learn more about Special Collections

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Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection

“Proportions Geometrales du Cheval,” is an illustration from  Elemens d’Hippiatrique,  Claude Bourgelat’s seminal book on equine medicine. The Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection in Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections is one of the finest collections of early veterinary medicine in the world. The collection features over 1,400 manuscripts and books covering the arts and practices of the veterinary profession beginning in the 15th century.