Michigan State University

MeLCat Logo​ MeLCat Outage

Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Ask A Librarian

Need help using the MSU Libraries?

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Visit the Main Library Reference Desk or meet with a Subject Specialist who specializes in your area of study.

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(800) 500-1554 or (517) 353-8700
A Reference Librarian is available by phone during hours when the Main Library Reference Desk is open.

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Send us your question and you will receive a response within 2 business days.

Two people working in front of a computer Engagement Centers

Get research help from our Peer Research Assistants on a drop-in basis. Research Assistants are available on Sunday-Wednesday nights from 6-9pm at the Brody, Hubbard, McDonel, and Holden Engagement Centers during the Fall Semester from September 20 to December 2. 

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24/7 research help via web chat from MSU librarians or academic librarians from partnering institutions who have been trained to assist when MSU librarians are not available.

The confidentiality of library records in the state of Michigan is protected by "The Library Privacy Act,"
Michigan Compiled Laws 397.601-606, Act 455 of 1982. Note that federal law may supersede rights provided by this Michigan Law.