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Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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At the MSU Libraries, we are busier than ever – the Main Library and branches have an estimated 8,000 visitors a day during regular semesters, and as many as 12,000 a day during exam weeks. And with more than 5 million volumes and current subscriptions to over 38,000 journals, the MSU Libraries rank among the finest academic and research collections in the nation.

The MSU Libraries are also meeting the challenges of the electronic age. Approximately 85 percent of our journals are available online in full-text, in addition to some 35,000 e-books and hundreds of electronic databases. These resources are available to MSU faculty and students anywhere in the world – whether they're studying abroad, performing dissertation research in another country or spending the weekend off-campus.

Both the print and electronic collections are heavily used. Users of the MSU Libraries check out more than 300,000 items each year, and, in 2007, users downloaded 1.6 million full-text articles from their desktops.

Librarians have been key to helping students learn persistence in research. The Main Library now functions as both a classroom where students learn information literacy skills and a laboratory where they practice their skills. In 2007, 74 librarians taught 771 instruction sessions in its two instruction rooms, reaching more than 34,000 students.

Please take a moment to learn more about the MSU Libraries by exploring the links to the right or contact the Development Office at (517) 884-6445, or giving@mail.lib.msu.edu.