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The Africana Collection of the MSU Library is one of the largest in the United States, having been built up since 1960 to support broad faculty involvement in research and development projects on the continent.

Branch Libraries

There are subject collections located within the Main Library as well as in branch libraries located in other buildings on and off campus. Each branch library has its own subject specialization.

Cesar Chavez Collection

The Cesar E. Chavez Collection is an interdisciplinary browsing collection consisting of titles in a variety of formats, research levels and locations on Chicano and Boricua Studies. Chavez Collection materials in other locations require the storage, access/viewing facilities and services not available in an open shelves collection. The main part of this collection is located on the first floor, west wing lobby of the Main Libraries. This browsing collection is reinforced throughout the Libraries system by other titles in the main stacks collection and various branch collections.

Current Periodicals

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. Current Periodicals are located on the second floor of the west wing (2 West or 2W) in the Main Library.

Digital & Multimedia Center

The Digital and Multimedia Center is the MSU Libraries's internal digitization facility and media center. In addition to offering online collections, representing many books and journals digitized by DMC, a set of over 10,000 multimedia items are held and are available for check out. These include theatrical movies and instructional software packages. DMC also assists in obtaining permissions from copyright holders for MSU faculty who need to use protected materials in courses and academic projects.

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 2011.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Library is located in the west wing of the Main Library on the fourth floor. It houses the collections for art (including the visual arts, architecture and photography) and music (including scores, recordings, and books).

Funding Center

The Funding Center, located on 1 East of the Main Library, is a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection devoted to strengthening the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about grant resources and U.S. philanthropy. The Cooperating Collection contains resources useful for finding funding from foundations, corporations, the public sector, and other sources for non-profit organizations and individuals. Materials in the collection also include guides on grant seeking, proposal writing, other means of fund raising, and texts on nonprofit management, leadership, and volunteerism. The collection is open to the public. Community users can also access the Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals, Philanthropy/Insight and other databases on the 8 public computers next to the Reference Desk or via wireless connections within the building.

Government Documents

The Government Documents collection is the Main Library location for publications of the United States government, the Canadian government, the State of Michigan, the United Nations and many other international intergovernmental organizations. It contains over 3 million documents in paper, microformat, and electronic formats. A significant portion of the collection is presently uncataloged and, therefore, does not appear in the Libraries' catalog. Service is provided at the Main Library Reference Desk on the 1st floor. The collection, which is located on 3rd Floor, West Wing, is available whenever the Main Library is open.

Health Sciences Digital Library

This website pulls together materials and services related to health sciences at the MSU Libraries and serves all who are in clinical or biomedical areas. Because there is no separate "bricks and mortar" health sciences library at MSU, books and journals can be found at the MSU Main Library (clinical medicine, nursing, allied health, and biological sciences) and the Veterinary Medicine Branch Library, depending on the subject area.

Map Library

The Map Library houses a collection of general and thematic maps and atlases for most areas of the world. The collection consists of approximately 236,000 sheet maps and 4,000 atlases, gazetteers and other reference aids including wall maps, globes, CDs and Internet-accessible resources. The collection is especially strong in Michigan topics, United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, though all areas are collected at some level.

Microforms Library

The Microforms Library houses approximately 119,000 reels of microfilm, 1.1 million microfiche and microcards, as well as, indexes and printed information for use with these materials. The Microforms Library is located on 2nd Floor West, in the Main Library.

Special Collections

The Special Collections department of the Michigan State University Libraries collects, houses, and preserves rare and unique materials within the MSU Libraries. Our materials cover a vast array of topics from Africana to Veterinary Medicine.

Turfgrass Information Center

The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC), a specialized unit at the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU), contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. TIC has over 100,000 records in its primary database, the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF).

Vincent Voice Library Collection

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. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base. Clients include students and faculty of Michigan State University, other scholars and researchers, broadcasting networks, news agencies and film, video, and Web production companies.

These are collections included in the catalog but physically located outside the Main Library:

John F. Schaefer Law Library

A library supporting the Michigan State University’s College of Law.

Library of Michigan

"The Library of Michigan promotes, advocates and consistently works to achieve the highest level of library service to the State of Michigan, its government, its libraries and its residents."

University Archives & Historical Collections

The University Archives & Historical Collections maintains the permanent records of the University and provide management for the inactive records of the University. Areas of collection strength include the physical campus and grounds, early student life, and campus publications. Materials include written documents, photographs, oral histories, and films. The archives also contains historical materials not related to MSU including large photograph collections of the surrounding communities of Lansing and East Lansing and historical records and papers relating to agriculture, lumbering, environmentalism in Michigan, and the Civil War.

State Archives

"The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. In fulfilling this primary mission, it serves as the collective memory of Michigan state government. In addition, after review, the Archives of Michigan also accepts papers from private individuals and organizations. The number of private collections is growing."

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