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Turfgrass Information Center

A specialized unit of the MSU Libraries, the Turfgrass Information Center contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world.

Michigan State University began to collect printed turfgrass materials in the 1960s. The 1968 addition of the personal library of the late O.J. Noer, a pioneer turf agronomist, established MSU's collection as a significant turf collection. Later gifts have included the Noer/Milorganite® Division MMSD Image Collection, the Scotts Company Archive, and most significantly, the James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection.

The Turfgrass Information Center maintains the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF), which it established in 1983 with the United States Golf Association and the Turfgrass Research Committee. The TGIF provides bibliographic and descriptive records of all types of work related to turfgrass culture, providing access to all published materials reporting on aspects of turfgrass and its maintenance. The database is accessible by subscription only; subscribers include researchers in crop and soil sciences, horticulture, and botany; grounds managers for golf courses, sports complexes and other facilities; landscape architects; and anyone with a professional or personal interest in managed green spaces.

To make a gift to support the Turfgrass Information Center Endowment Campaign, you may donate online.

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