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Frequently Asked Questions About the MSU Libraries

General Information

How many libraries does MSU have?

Michigan State University has a number of different libraries on campus, including the Main Library and branch libraries such as the Business Library and the Engineering Library. You should also be aware that within the Main Library there are a number of special libraries and collections for particular subjects, such as the Fine Arts Library and the Map Library.

What are the Main Libraries' hours? Branch Libraries?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, when MSU classes are in session, the Main Library building is open 24 hours a day from Sunday at Noon to Friday at 10 p.m. Saturdays we are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library hours vary during the summer, holidays and between terms; call 517.432.6123 ext. 4 for a recording of current Library hours. Or, check the MSU Libraries website. The Hours page lists locations and hours for Library departments and branches, including special hours for break periods. To see a list of library branches visit our Branch Libraries' page.

How many books do the MSU Libraries own?

The Libraries have books and much, much more! Our collection includes over 4,500,000 volumes, 33,000 magazine and journal subscriptions, 200,000 maps, 40,000 sound recordings, plus access to hundreds of electronic resources.

What is Remote Storage?

Remote Storage is an off-site storage facility. Requested materials are picked up daily Monday through Friday by library staff. Items with the location of Remote Storage in the library catalog can be requested by filling out the online request form or at the Circulation Desk. Items will be held for pickup at the Main Library Circulation Desk.

Can I get a tour of the Main Library?

Take a virtual tour or audio tour of the library on our Library Tours page. Specialized class tours may be scheduled in advance by placing an Information Literacy Instruction request. Branch Libraries and other locations within the Main Library also provide tours upon request.

Where can I park when I come to the Main Library?

Public parking is available in the lot next to Spartan Stadium south of the Library on Red Cedar Drive. From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the parking lots and spaces near the Library off the Circle Drive are reserved for vehicles with faculty/staff parking permits.

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Using the Library

What type of ID do I need to get a library card? Check out a book?

All Michigan residents 18 and older are eligible for community library cards to check out books for two weeks. A Michigan driver's license should be presented at Circulation, located in the main lobby. MSU identification cards also serve as library cards. MSU students, faculty, and staff who have not activated their MSU e-mail accounts must stop at Circulation before checking out material to have their barcode numbers entered into the system.

Where is the CyberCafe?

The CyberCafé is located on 1 West. Its menu includes coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches, and cold drinks. Net access for laptop computer use is also available, as are a limited number of computers.

How do I reserve a Collaborative Technology Lab?

You can reserve one of the Collaborative Technology Labs at http://reservations.lib.msu.edu. An MSU NetID and password is required to use the reservation system.

Does the library have any typewriters available for public use?

Four typewriters are available for use in the Digital & Multimedia Center on the 4th floor of the West Wing of the Main Library. There is no charge for their use.

Where are the Elevators? Restrooms?

Public elevators are located in both East and West wings. Restrooms are located on all floors throughout the building. For assistance locating either, please ask at a service desk.

Does the library have current/daily newspapers that I can read?

Current newspapers from a selected number of Michigan, U.S., and foreign cities are available in Current Periodicals/Microfilms on 2-West.

Where can I make a suggestion to the library?

A suggestion box is located by the bulletin board across from the Circulation desk in the lobby. The box is opened weekly. Suggestions and responses to them are posted on the bulletin board nearby. Signed suggestions receive individual responses. Suggestions can also be submitted at the General Library Suggestions Web site.

Can I have my exam proctored at the Libraries?

The MSU Libraries do not offer proctoring services. Please arrange for proctoring through the MSU Testing Office. More information is available at http://www.testingoffice.msu.edu/distanceproctored-testing

Can I post a flyer in the Main Library?

All flyers must be approved prior to posting. The Library generally only posts flyers produced by MSU-recognized student organizations or MSU departments. To have flyers approved, deliver them to the Libraries' Main Office or send them through the campus mail addressed to MSU Libraries, Public Services Department, 366 W. Circle Drive. After approval, the flyers will be posted on bulletin boards by library staff. All unapproved posters will be removed.

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Library Services

Does the library own videos and other multimedia materials?

The Digital & Multimedia Center on 4-West houses audio and video tape players, slide projectors, microfiche readers, campus cable television, and one of the campus Microcomputing Labs (Macintosh & PC). Taped class lectures and assigned listening/viewing materials are provided. The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library holdings and the MSU Libraries' Software Collection are also located in the Digital & Multimedia Center.

Can I reserve a room in the Main Library?

How do I reserve a faculty carrel?

The Michigan State University Libraries have 35 carrels available for use by faculty. Carrel applications are available in the Libraries' Main Office, Room W102, 517.884.6449 or fax 517.432.3532. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm. Assignments will be made as space becomes available.

Where is the Lost and Found?

Personal items found in the Library are held at the Circulation Desk. Lost MSU ID cards are taken to the MSU ID Office, 170 International Center, (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm).

Does the library have any calculators I can use?

Calculators may be checked out for two hours from the main Circulation Desk in the lobby. There is no charge for their use.

Can I check out headphones?

Headphones may be checked out from the Digital and Multimedia Center on 4 West in the Main Library.

Does the library have a bike lock that I can borrow?

Bike locks can be checked out at the Main Library Circulation Desk.

Does the library have book carts to help me carry large quantities of books?

Book carts, for moving books within the building or to your car, may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Does the library have any lockers I can use?

A limited number of lockers are available in the Main Library to support the academic needs of MSU students and faculty who can apply at the Circulation Desk. Undergraduate students are eligible for semester lockers only. Graduate students are eligible for a year-long locker. One-day lockers and padlocks are also available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Library materials that have not been checked out can not be stored in lockers.

How do I gain access to the Graduate Study Room?

The Graduate Study Room is available to currently enrolled MSU graduate students only. Applications can be picked up at the Main Library Circulation Desk or the Libraries' Main Office.

Are there any office supplies available for sale in the library?

Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, blank and formatted diskettes, folders, and other supplies are available for sale at the Copy Center on 2-West. See the Copy Center Supplies List for complete details.

Where do I get materials on Reserve for a course?

In the Main Library, Reserve Reading is located on 2-West. Most items circulate for only two hours, although some may be checked out for longer periods. Many branch libraries also provide Reserve Reading facilities. A current student ID, faculty/staff ID, or an MSU community library card and pictured ID is required when checking out materials. In the online MSU Libraries' catalog, the location for Reserve Reading materials is noted as: RESERVE - 2 WEST.

Does the Main Library have GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, or LSAT practice exams?

Practice copies of the exams are also available at the Reserves Desk on 2-West. Free online practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, or LSAT and more are available in the Online Test Prep Resources section of the Test Preparation Materials guide. Also consult the MSU Test Preparation Consortium.

Does the library have telephone books for other cities in the United States?

Several online directories covering U.S. business and residential listings can be accessed through the Libraries' Ready Reference pages: see Directories section of Fast Facts. A limited collection of telephone books in paper for selected Michigan cities is available at the Main Library Reference Desk on the 1st floor.

What is the Assistive Technology Center?

The Assistive Technology Center has been established to provide assistive and adaptive technology designed to provide patrons with various disabilities access to the library and its services. It is located in room W124 of the Main Library. This room can be found on the first floor near the Red Cedar entrance which is ramp accessible, and has power assisted doors. Please visit the Assistive Technology Center website for more information.

Does the Library have a fax machine for Public use?

Yes. You can send faxes from the Main Library Copy Center's Simple Scan Station. The fax is sent to the phone line through the internet.

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