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Studying late at the Main Library? Let Statewalk walk you home!

Statewalk volunteers will walk you from the Main Library to anywhere on campus. They're available 9 pm to 1 am, Sunday through Wednesday nights, in fall and spring semester. Look for the Statewalk table in the 1st floor lobby of the Main Library, just west of the Reference Desk.

Statewalk is a free service offered by MSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity. Thanks, Alpha Phi Omega at MSU!

Collaborative Technology Labs

Presentation room E188

The Libraries offer a variety of collaborative technology labs for students!

Each lab has its own combination of equipment and software resources. Most labs have smartboards and DVD/Blu-Ray playback. Individual labs may have plasma screens, web cams, videoconferencing, or a document camera. Find a lab that has what you need:

Reserve a lab for your group project now!

Volunteers Wanted!

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Do you have 30 minutes? Need a study break? We need students to help us improve the Library’s website!

You’ll get Sparty Cash or a Spartan Bookstore Gift Card for sharing your time and feedback.

Interested? Please fill out the volunteer form!

Questions about the Library’s website usability study? Contact Christine Tobias, User Experience and Reference Librarian.

"People" icon designed by Wilson Joseph from the Noun Project.

3D Printing at the Main Library

3D printed model of a hamburger

The MSU Libraries now offer 3D printing!

Our printer is a MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation). It uses a bioplastic filament in your choice of 12 colors, and offers a 100 micron layer resolution. The maximum object size it can produce is 9.9" long, 7.8" wide, and 5.9" high.

The printing file for your object must be in .STL or .MAKERBOT format. The cost is 20¢ per gram of filament, with a $1 minimum, and we ask that you make an appointment to submit your print job.

3D hamburger image by Creative Tools / CC BY 2.0 / Modification: image was cropped.

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

3rd Floor, West Wing
July 14 – September 30, 2014

This year marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon: the last of the species, a female named Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary, the MSU Libraries is pleased to host this exhibit, developed by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History on behalf of Project Passenger Pigeon, an initiative to a) familiarize people in North America and beyond with the passenger pigeon and its extinction; b) explore how human activity impacts other species c) motivate people to take actions that both promote biodiversity and prevent human-caused extinctions.

Also visit the MSU Museum exhibition, “They Passed Like a Cloud: Extinction and the Passenger Pigeon,” now through Jan. 25, 2015.

Exhibit produced by Anita Ezzo, Sheila Bryant and Ranti Junus. Photo of Passenger Pigeon by: EdenPictures on Flickr.


Library Film Series

Library Film Series

Library Film Series - Fall Semester 2014

FREE and open to the public.
All films begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library North Conference Room, W449

For parking information, please visit MSU Interactive map. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at (517) 884-6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Mona Lisa is Missing (2012, running time 129 minutes)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Presented by Susan Bandes, Director, Museum Studies Program, Former Director, Kresge Art Museum, 1986 – 2010.

“How did a simple Italian workman steal the most famous painting in the world?  Quite easily.”  (themonalisa.com)

“A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911.  His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons.  A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth.”  (imdb.com)

New Campus-Wide access to New York Review of Books

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MSU users now have access to the complete archives and current content of the New York Review of Books -- the publication described by Esquire as "the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language."

The print archive covers NYRB's entire publishing history (1963-present), with content of interest to a wide range of disciplines.

Library Colloquia Series - Fall 2014

Lecture Series

The Library Colloquia Series is a collection of lectures based on various topics that are free and open to the public.

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at (517) 884-6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Fall Schedule:

  • Sept. 18 - Misquoting Muhammad: Violence and Heavenly Reward in the Islamic Tradition
  • Sept. 19 - Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática Sept. 24 - Banned Books Read Out
  • Oct. 8 - Nebraska Memories: Opera and Willa Cather
  • Oct. 16 - Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, and the African American Song Tradition – A Performance Presentation
  • Oct. 21 - Getting Closer: Understanding the "Other"
  • Nov. 5 - Beyond Peter Rabbit: The Private Life of Beatrix Potter

Library Environmental Series - Fall 2014

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Beal Botanical Garden Tours

Thursday, September 11 - Wild Food Plants at the End of Summer
Thursday, October 9 - Plants with Potential Dangers to Family and Pets
12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Tours begin near the pond.


Brownbag Lecture: Traditions Through the Trees - Trees on the MSU Campus

Thursday, November 6
12:10 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

SearchPlus: Research Starts Here!

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SearchPlus is a new, easy-to-use search function on the MSU Libraries' website. What do you get with SearchPlus?

  • Trusted sources: one search covers library databases and the library collection.
  • Multidisciplinary content: books, articles, newspapers, and multimedia on any topic.
  • Convenience: connect easily to online full text; save citations in a choice of six styles.

You'll find the SearchPlus search box at the top of this page. For a quick demo, watch the video!