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Due to a security preparedness drill on June 19th, the Main Library building will open at 8:30 am instead of 8 am. We're sorry for the inconvenience. 

Special Collections Hours

Today (Tue.)10:00am to 5:00pm
Jun. 19th (Wed.)10:00am to 5:00pm
Jun. 20th (Thu.)10:00am to 5:00pm
Jun. 21st (Fri.)10:00am to 5:00pm
Jun. 22nd (Sat.)Closed

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Special Collections
Main Library Building
Michigan State University
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI, 48824
Phone: (517) 884-6471

Special Collections

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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MSU Special Collections Registration and Request System

MSU Special Collections Registration and Request System

We are very excited to introduce the MSU Special Collections Registration and Request System. During summer 2016, our familiar paper-based request system was replaced by an automated system. Among the many benefits, users will be able to request material directly from the library’s online catalog (and eventually from our finding aids, too). What’s more, users will be able to request material remotely and in advance, from wherever you and your web-enabled device find yourselves. Keep your eyes peeled for a “Request It!” button appearing in the catalog records for Special Collections items. If you’ve ever electronically requested special collections material at another library, chances are you’ve used this system before (the proprietary name of the software is Aeon, though it goes by different names at different institutions). This will be a change for all of us, users and staff alike, so we thank you for your patience as we transition to this far more powerful Registration and Request System.