Michigan State University

Current Periodicals

Current Periodicals are located on the second floor of the west wing (2 West or 2W) in the Main Library. Consisting of a variety of scholarly journals, popular magazines, periodicals, and newspapers, current issues of over 4,000 titles can be found in the Current Periodicals Unit.

You can find the location of a title by checking the library catalog.

  • Recent unbound issues in Current Periodicals 2W: These titles are arranged alphabetically by title on open shelves in the Current Periodicals area on 2 West. Items housed in this area are “Library Use Only” and may not be checked out.
  • Recent unbound issues at Current Periodicals Desk 2W: These titles are stored behind the Current Periodicals Desk on 2 West. These items can be checked out for 2-hour use in the library with an MSU ID.
  • MSU Newspapers, 2 West: U.S. and foreign newspapers are shelved in the reading area near the Current Periodicals on 2 West. Print issues are kept on the shelves for a minimum of two weeks (depending on receipt of corresponding microfilm). Many newspapers are also now available online.

All materials located in Current Periodicals/Micorforms are restricted to in-building use. Photocopiers are located in the Copy Center on 2 West and throughout the Main Library.

Questions/Concerns

Whenever you have questions or concerns about current periodicals or the microform collection, please feel free to stop at the Service Desk or call Current Periodicals/Microforms ((517) 884-0844) and ask for assistance. The department can also be reached via e-mail: thornton@msu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions about Current Periodicals and Microforms