Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.

Using the Library - Things to Know

As the Libraries open to the public, there are a few changes to our services and operations. Please review the following information, and don't hesitate to ask for help at any of our service desks!

Study Space

Update: The first floor study spaces are now open with limited capacity. This space includes computers (PC and Macs) and access to MSU Print.

The first floor study space is open from 9am-7pm, Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Fridays, and 12pm-5pm, Saturday and Sunday. For the most up-to-date hours, please refer to the Main Library's hours page. This space is limited to MSU Students, Faculty, and Staff, and a valid MSU ID is required for entry. This space has a maximum capacity of 120 people - 60 in the east study space and 60 in the west study space.

All other study spaces in the building are currently closed.


Printing is available to all Students, Faculty, and Staff using any of the first floor computers. Print jobs can be retrieved using an MSU ID card at one of the card reader printers on the first floor of the Main Library.

MakeCentral Poster Printing:

  1. The MakeCentral Space is closed, but we are still printing posters.
  2. Please fill out the form, and upload your poster pdf (max size 20mb).
  3. MakeCentral staff will contact you within 24 hours to finalize your poster print.

Eating in the Library

In order to adhere to campus COVID-19 protocols, there is currently no eating in the Libraries at this time.

If users refuse to cooperate, assistance will be requested from the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety.

Checking Out Library Material

Click the “Get it!” button in the catalog for an item you would like. You will see all delivery/checkout methods available for that item. You may see any of the following:

  1. Self Service - Most of the stacks will be closed to the public; however, if the item you want is in open stacks, you may retrieve it yourself.
  2. Paged for Pick Up at Circulation – You will be notified by email when the item you have requested is available for pick up at Circulation.
  3. Paged for Pick Up at Luxer One Locker – You will be notified by email when the item you have requested is available for pick up in a contactless delivery Luxer One Locker.
  4. Request Book Chapter (for MSU Students, Staff and Faculty) – You will be emailed the book chapter.
  5. Faculty/Staff Office Delivery (for MSU Faculty and Staff Only) – We will mail your item to your office.
  6. Distance Delivery Services (for MSU Students, Staff and Faculty) – We will mail your item to your home address. Not available for those living on campus.
  7. Search Other Libraries – Request checked out material from other libraries.
  8. Digital Lending Request (for MSU Students, Staff and Faculty) – You will be emailed a short-term use link to a digital copy of a Reserve Reading item.

To select any of the options, click the link provided and follow the prompts.

Returning Library Material

Library material may be returned to the Library Return Dropboxes at the Main Library.


  • High use Reserve Reading material is being scanned when it is not possible to purchase a digital copy of the material.
  • Reserve Reading material that is not scanned may be checked out for 3 days. You must come to Circulation to check this material out.
  • Reserve Reading material that has been scanned has a location code of mncdl **MSU Reserve Digital**. To request this material, click the “Get it!” button in the catalog and follow the prompts. You will be emailed a short-term link to the material within 15 minutes of submitting your request.