Michigan State University

Internet & Wireless

Network connections in the Library

Within the Main Library there are more than 300 network connection ports, distributed throughout all floors in both wings of the building. Connection ports are available in library study carrels and are the outlet boxes with bright orange plugs or orange NET LINK signs. Ask at a service desk if you need help locating one.

The following list indicates which branch libraries have NET LINK ports available to patrons.

Branch Location Wireless Net Link Ports # of Ports
Business Library Rm. 50 MSU College of Law Building Yes Yes 211
Gull Lake Library W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
3700 East Gull Lake Drive
Yes No  

A list of computer labs and their hours

A list of other buildings that are wired for network connections

All residence halls have Ethernet network connections.

Accessing the wireless network in the library

The Main Library currently offers wireless network access to MSU students, staff, and faculty throughout the building. Limited guest access is also available to non-MSU affiliated users.

Windows users with the Intel 4965 Wireless Adapter Card in their laptops may have problems connecting with our network. If you experience problems connecting to the new wireless, please read the knowledge base article 10608, which has information about the upgraded wireless and how to install the new drivers.

Effective November 23, 2010, MSUnet Wireless now uses the same DHCP registration method used for wired connections. A separate log-in to is no longer necessary. This change only affects users not using the guest access. You can read knowledge base article 14931 for more detailed information about the changes to wireless access.

Establishing wireless network access

There are different methods of making a wireless connection to MSUnet Wireless in the Main Library, and on campus based on operating system you are using. Windows currently supports wireless access under Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8. The Macintosh operating system can be configured to work in our network under versions 10.5.x (Leopard) through  10.10 (Yosemite). Mobile devices are also supported, and instructions for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch systems are listed below.lThe links provided by ITS will give you detailed instruction and screenshots for each system:

What is the URL (web address) for the wireless login page?

Go to and enter your MSU NetID and password.

Does the Main Library check out Wireless Network cards or laptops equipped with such cards?

No. To buy a Wireless Network card for your laptop, please visit the MSU Computer Store in the Computer Center, (517) 432-0700.  You can also check local and online computer/electronics stores for wireless USB adapters.

Will I be able to access the MSU Libraries’ online resources (e.g. the catalog, electronic journals, etc.) via the Wireless Network?

In order to access the library resources from the main library using your laptop with a wireless connection, you will need to set the proxy server settings (see Off Campus Access for instructions).

For assistance in using the electronic resources, please see the staff at the Main Library Reference Desk in the main lobby.

Can I print from my computer via a Wireless Network connection?

Yes, you can print to MSU printers in the Main Library and across campus using MSU Print. For complete instructions, see http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=23998&service=techbase.

Setting up your laptop for wireless MSU Print or MakeCentral printing:

  1. Log in to https://print.msu.edu/ with your Netid and password.
  2. Select Web Print from the sidebar menu and follow the directions.
  3. Step-by-Step instructions can be found at http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=23998&service=techbase.
  4. Note: Webprint allows ONLY these file types for laptop users: xlam, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx, xltm, xltx, pot, potm, potx, ppam, pps, ppsm, ppsx, ppt, pptm, pptx, doc, docm, docx, dot, dotm, dotx, rtf, pdf.
  5. To convert a web page to PDF, please see http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=24022&service=techbase.


Where can I find a wireless connection besides in the Main Library?


For more information about Wireless Access Points at MSU, visit MSUnet Wireless website.

For Further Assistance:

If you need assistance with accessing the Wireless Network in the Main Library (only), please contact Distance Learning Services at (517) 355-2345. You can also visit the Gerald M Kline Digital & Multimedia Center on 4-West to seek help in person from student employees in that department.

If you need assistance in configuring your computer for dynamic addressing, contact the MSU Computer Information Center at (517) 432-6200 or by email:help@msu.edu.

MSU's Library, Computing & Technology office offers more information on MSU Computer Requirements and technology resources, computer labs, support and training at MSU.