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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.

Support the MSU Libraries

Michigan State University Libraries is a leader among international research libraries, and the center of academic life at MSU. Our collections, programmatic expertise, and growing infrastructure for discovery and creation are the backbone of our mission. We strive to build an accessible, enriching environment for researchers and learners on campus and around the world. Philanthropic support makes this vision possible.

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Partner with Us

MSU Libraries consists of multiple branches and units, including the MSU Archives, Special Collections, Kellogg Biological Station Library and the Gast Business Library. The Libraries Development team supports every facet of the MSU Libraries by arranging financial support from alumni and friends. We accept gifts of all shapes and sizes, including items of historical and cultural value, and can assist you in including MSU Libraries as part of your estate plans. Please contact us to learn more.

Your support makes a difference. We encourage you to partner with MSU Libraries to empower students, share your passions, and promote equal access to information and spaces for all. Speak with one of our Development Officers today to discuss how you’d like to make an impact.

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Ways to Give

Immediate Gifts

You can support us today with an immediate gift to MSU Libraries. A receipt for your tax-deductible gift will be emailed to you.

You can donate online to any fund at the MSU Libraries by clicking here.

Make a check payable to Michigan State University and mail to:

Office of Development
Michigan State University Libraries
366 West Circle Drive (Room W102-J)
East Lansing, MI 48824

To give by credit card, please call our Director of Development, Seth Martin, at (517) 884-6446. He'll be happy to charge your credit card.

Estate Gifts

By remembering the MSU Libraries with an estate gift, you can support our mission long into the future. Many people find they can make a more generous gift through a bequest in their will or trust than they could comfortably manage during their lifetime. In addition, your bequest may qualify your estate for a charitable tax deduction. If you are interested in learning more about how a gift through your estate can benefit the Libraries, please contact the MSU Libraries' Development Office at (517) 884-6446.

If you have already included a provision in your estate plans to support the MSU Libraries in your will/trust, please contact the Development Office at (517) 884-6446, to ensure that we can thank you and make certain our records for the use of this future gift match your intention.

In-Kind Gifts/Items and Collections

MSU Libraries welcome contributions of Gifts In-Kind in a variety of forms. These may include single books, periodical collections, volume sets or other materials. If you are interested in making a Gift In-Kind and would like more information, please call Seth Martin at (517) 884-6446 or email the development offices at giving@lib.msu.edu to discuss details about your intended gift.

Criteria for Acceptance of Gifts In-Kind include:

  • Condition of materials
  • Compatibility with the Libraries’ collection development goals and strategies, and
  • The amount of available Library space to appropriately house and preserve your donated materials

Gifts That Make an Impact

Have the MSU Libraries had a significant impact on your life, or the life of a loved one?

Is there a change you would like to personally help make happen at the MSU Libraries?

If so, you may feel compelled to make a significant investment in the MSU Libraries through a major gift.

The Development Office is available to help you determine what you would like your major gift to accomplish at the MSU Libraries, and then match your gift with the most vital needs. Please call the Development Office at (517) 884-6446, for more information about making a major gift.

By making a major gift to the MSU Libraries, you may qualify for membership in one of Michigan State University's donor societies: Opens in a New Tab.

Endowments

Endowments are a type of account that provide permanent income the Libraries can depend on, year after year. Funds that are donated into endowment accounts are never spent. Rather, the Libraries spends the annual income off of the growth of the funds invested.

Over the years, our generous supporters have contributed to existing endowments as well as established endowments in their names, or in honor of loved ones for many diverse purposes. A few examples include The Force Family Endowment for the Popular Culture Collection, The Mirdza Kuze Endowment for Baltic Collections, The Dr. E. James and Geri Potchen History of Horticulture Endowment Fund and the Margaret Wallace Moon Endowment Fund for the Florence G. Wallace Conservation Laboratory.

Whether for collections or operational needs, endowments ensure that your support for the MSU Libraries will continue steadily for many years to come.

For more information about setting up an endowment, please call Seth Martin at (517) 884-6446 or email the development offices to discuss your intended gift.