Michigan State University

Unique @ MSU Libraries

Listed below are some of the unique collections found at Michigan State University Libraries.

American Radicalism Collection

The Radicalism Collection includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, and ephemera covering a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, economic, and cultural issues and movements in the United States and throughout the world.

Espresso Book Machine

On-demand printing is now available at the MSU Main Library with the Espresso Book Machine, which can print a paperback book in about five minutes. The EBM prints your black & white interior pages and a full color cover, binds them together, and trims the book to size while you watch. Select from the 3.3 million titles in the On Demand Books catalog. Or, print your own dissertation, creative writing, conference paper, family cookbook, and more.

Faculty Book Collection

The MSU Faculty Book Collection was established in 1998 to recognize and honor the impressive body of scholarly and creative work produced by MSU faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff each year. The collection includes books, musical scores, and multimedia works which were authored, edited, or translated by MSU faculty, as well as recordings of musical performances. The collection currently includes over 2,600 titles. Whenever possible, two copies of each work are acquired, with one copy placed in the Main Library or appropriate branch library, and the other copy in the MSU Faculty Book Collection located in the Main Library, west wing, adjacent to the Director's office. Both copies are available for circulation. View the list of titles added to the Faculty Book Collection in 2013.

Feeding America

The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to create an online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The goal of this project is to make these materials available to a wider audience. Digital images of the pages of each cookbook are available as well as full-text transcriptions and the ability to search within the books, across the collection, in order to find specific information.

Making of Modern Michigan

The Making of Modern Michigan (MMM) project empowered libraries around Michigan to digitize their local history collections to make them available throughout the world.

Michigan Writers Collection

The Michigan Writers Collection, located in the Special Collections Division of the Michigan State University Libraries serves as a primary resource for the recognition, study, and appreciation of the literary tradition that exists and continues to evolve in Michigan. It is devoted to collecting and making accessible all the manuscripts and published works of selected writers with important ties to Michigan.

Michigan Writers Series

The Michigan Writers Series recognizes and highlights the literary work of important writers who live and work in Michigan. Hosted by the MSU Libraries, the series features individual Michigan writers for an evening of readings and discussion with their audience.

Sunday School Books in 19th Century America

Sunday School Book Titles from the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, Michigan State University Libraries, and the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University have been selected for digitization, making them available to the public through this site.

Turfgrass Information Center

The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) produces the Turfgrass Information File database (TGIF), the largest turf database in the world. Together with the James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection (generally acknowledged to be the finest personal compilation of turf-related materials in existence) and the O. J. Noer Turfgrass Memorial Collection, the Center contains the most comprehensive publicly-available collection of turfgrass education materials in the world.

Vet Med Catalog - Historical Collection

This catalogue has been compiled to illustrate the extent of the “Veterinary Collection” housed in the Special Collections Division of the Michigan State University Library. Contemporary works and works to support curricular needs are housed in the stacks of the Main Library and the Veterinary Medical Center Library.

Vincent Voice Library

The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life.