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Shipwrecks: Sunken Treasures of the Great Lakes

Underwater shipwreck.

Now through December 2015
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.

Back to Hogwarts

Back to Hogwarts

Now through October 31, 2015
Main Library, 2 West

The Hogwarts Express leaves from Platform 9¾ at King's Cross station on September 1 for start of term. It's that time of year, fellow witches and wizards - clean out those owl cages, finish those over-the-summer Potions essays, and pack those trunks. We're going back to Hogwarts! For those students not able to make the trip to Flourish & Blotts, MSU Libraries is happy to provide recommended course books for all your magical subjects: Potions, Herbology, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Divination, and History of Magic.

Exhibit produced by Autumn Faulkner.

Queer Identity in Special Collections: Bringing LBGTQ Experiences from the Margins to the Center

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Now through October 14, 2015
MSU Main Library, North Lobby

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Queer (LBGTQ) collection in Special Collections was one of the first of its kind in the world when established in the late 1970s.Bringing the voices of the LBGTQ community from the margins to the center, the collection showcases distinctive social, cultural, and political experiences. The collection also highlights the diversity of the LBGTQ community (in race, ethnicity, and age, as well as in sexuality and gendered expression). In celebration of LBGTQ pride, this exhibit features selected materials from Special Collections representing a variety of distinct LBGTQ perspectives and experiences.

Exhibit produced by Sharon Ladenson, MSU Gender and Communication Studies Librarian

Muslim Journeys Book Club 2015-2016

Muslim Journeys 2015/2016

Sponsored by MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Libraries, and East Lansing Public Library

Learn more about the experiences of Muslims in this scholar-led book group. Each session will start with a short lecture, followed by facilitated book discussion, and finishing with a question and answer period. All are invited to participate.  Drop-in for one or attend all five sessions; no sign up required.  Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments served.


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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!


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BrowZine Web is now available from the MSU Libraries. This web-based version of BrowZine can be used in any internet browser and does not require a mobile device.  See our guide on Browzine for more information!

Fall 2015 Classes and Workshops

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Sign up today for a free workshop at the library!  Offered this semester:

  • Citation Management -  Endnote X6 and Endnote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero
  • Library Bootcamp - several sections now offered in Chinese
  • Digital Humanities - including open web mapping and data visualization
  • Make Central makerspace  - 3D printing, MaKey MaKey, Arduino, and Raspberri Pi

Fall 2015 Library Environmental Series Events

Library Environmental Series

Beal Botanical Garden Tour:  Autumnal Plant Transformations; It's not Just Pretty Leaves

Thursday, October 8

12:10 - 12:50 pm

Join assistant curator Peter Carrington for a tour of the Beal Garden that highlights the various changes that ensure the survival of not only the plants themselves but also the creatures that depend upon them for resources. This tour meets at the shed by the pond at the Beal Botanical Garden.