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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 an environmentally friendly bioplastic filament in your choice of 12 colors. 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.

Read the article and watch the video on the State News website!

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

Life at Michigan State University…

Sparty statue

September 4 - November 30, 2014
MSU Main Library, 1st floor Lobby

Since its inception 159 years ago on the banks of the Red Cedar River, Michigan State has undergone dramatic changes. This exhibit illustrates aspects of campus and student life 50, 100, and 150 years ago.

Take a journey through life at Michigan State University from the early years of the 1860s, through the College’s growing pains in the 1910s, and into MSU’s expansion into a world-class university in the 1960s.

Image courtesy of Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. Exhibit produced by Megan Malone & Whitney Miller, University Archives & Historical Collections.

Course Materials Program

Male student reading book at library.

Our Course Materials Program has worked with hundreds of MSU faculty members to produce printed and online course packs – on time and at the best price for your students!

Learn more about the Course Materials Program!

Shipwrecks: Sunken Treasures of the Great Lakes

Underwater shipwreck.

October - December 2014
Main Library, 3rd floor, West Wing

The Great Lakes and their connecting waterways have been a major route for trade and travel for the thousands of years starting with the Native American people who lived in the Great Lakes basin. European explorers and settlers followed in their footsteps. Between the loss of the ship Le Griffon in 1679 and the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, 6,000 to 8,000 ships are estimated to have sunk in the Great Lakes with an estimated loss of more than 30,000 lives.

Exhibit produced by Tom Volkening.

Uborrow: Fast Loans from CIC Libraries

Uborrow logo

Uborrow provides fast loans of scholarly materials between the 15 libraries of the CIC.

If the book you want is checked out, click "Check Other Libraries" and select Uborrow.


  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Empower Extraordinary


Exciting announcement! MSU has entered EMPOWER EXTRAORDINARY, the campaign for Michigan State University. Learn more about the campaign: go.msu.edu/empower #EmpowerMSU

Large Format Printing

Student watching plotter create a 36-inch wide banner.

Need to print a large poster or architectural drawing?

Large format printing is available for MSU students, faculty and staff in the Main Library Copy Center on 2 West.

Learn More about large format printing!

Who Would Have Thought There's a History of That?!

Miscellaneous objects that are the subject of popular histories (piano, bicycle, milk, perfume, etc.)

November 18 - January 30
4th Floor, West Wing

Who said history has to be boring? Check out this display of some of the Libraries more unusual and interesting histories.

Free Library Workshops

librarian teaching students on computers

MSU Libraries offers many FREE workshops.  Give us an hour and we will introduce you to our time- and money-saving services and collections in our Library Bootcamp.

Need help managing your citations (references)? The MSU Libraries offers FREE Endnote, Zotero, and Mendeley classes.

You can also learn about opportunities for funding graduate school with our Funding Center workshops.

Register for free Librarian taught classes and workshops.

Paws to Play: Therapy Dogs at MSU Libraries!

Pet a dog and ease the stress of finals week!

Main Library (Reference Instruction Room): 

Sunday, December 7, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, December 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Business Library (Room 13):

Monday, December 8, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Tuesday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00pm

​Photo Credit: Sara Miller