Michigan State University

On July 2nd, starting at 1 am, the Library's catalog will be undergoing a server migration, which will take approximately 6 hours.  It will be down during that time.  SearchPlus and MelCat will still be available to search MSU Libraries holdings.  We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

Library Facts

Each year, we compile statistics about our resources and services for the Association of Research Libraries. Here are some highlights from 2013/14:


  • 6,531,145 unique print and electronic titles
  • 6,548,621 print and electronic volumes
  • 1,555,710 e-books
  • plus more than 235,000 maps; 85,844 sound recordings and films/videos; and nearly 7,000,000 microfilm/microfiche


  • Librarians conducted 698 instruction sessions and workshops, reaching a total of 32,221 people
  • The reference staff handled 41,701 questions in person, by phone, and online
  • The library borrowed 19,981 items from other libraries for MSU users, and loaned 68,468 items from our collections to other libraries
  • The library website was visited 1,601,429 times, and users retrieved 3,926,184 full-text articles from the library's databases.
  • Digital collections created from MSU Libraries' holdings exceed 100 terabytes, and cover the breadth of collecting areas from Agriculture to Veterinary Medicine. 

History Highlights

  • The first MSU librarian, George Fairchild, was appointed in 1883.
  • The first dedicated building for the library (now the MSU Museum) was completed in 1925.
  • The library moved to its current location in 1955; the east wing of the building was added in 1967.
  • The library catalog went online in 1989.
  • The value of the library endowment surpassed $6 million in 2011.

College Hall in black and white

The library's first location was a single room on the third floor of College Hall.