As part of a major land grant/AAU institution, the Michigan State University Libraries support the University's mission of preservation, creation, transmission and application of knowledge. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence through diversity and pluralism. The Libraries are a partner in the multifaceted activities related to the University's mission, providing access to resources to serve the educational needs of the students, faculty and staff of MSU, the citizens of Michigan, and the University's national and international clientele. We accomplish this mission through broad, relevant and accessible collections, appropriate facilities and quality service by helpful and expert staff using current technologies, collaborative strategies, and expanding information networks. The Libraries advance the philosophy that a library is more than a collection of information and a knowledgeable staff; it is an essential facility where emerging and established scholars access information and gather in an atmosphere conducive to learning and other creative endeavors.