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Access to Elsevier digital content will be unavailable on Saturday evening, August 1st, during a systems upgrade beginning at 6:00 PM Eastern Time and continuing for up to five (5) hours. Among materials affected are the following frequently-used resources: ScienceDirect, Scopus, Engineering Village, Mendeley, SciVal, Reaxys, and Embase.

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Large Format Printing

Student watching plotter create a 36-inch wide banner.

Need to print a large poster or architectural drawing?

Large format printing is available for MSU students, faculty and staff in the Main Library Copy Center on 2 West.

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Library Environmental Series - Summer 2015

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Beal Garden Tours: Plants That Have Been Important in Human History


Join assistant curator Peter Carrington for a tour of the plants that have been important factors in influencing the history of civilization, from chemical warfare to the champions of industry.  This tour meets at the shed by the pond at the Beal Botanical Garden.


Beal Botanical Gardens

In case of rain, please join us for a virtual tour in the Reference Instruction Room on the first floor of the Main Library.


Thursday, August 6



Queer Identity in Special Collections: Bringing LBGTQ Experiences from the Margins to the Center

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Now through mid-September, 2015
MSU Main Library, North Lobby

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Queer (LBGTQ) collection in Special Collections was one of the first of its kind in the world when established in the late 1970s.Bringing the voices of the LBGTQ community from the margins to the center, the collection showcases distinctive social, cultural, and political experiences. The collection also highlights the diversity of the LBGTQ community (in race, ethnicity, and age, as well as in sexuality and gendered expression). In celebration of LBGTQ pride, this exhibit features selected materials from Special Collections representing a variety of distinct LBGTQ perspectives and experiences.

Exhibit produced by Sharon Ladenson, MSU Gender and Communication Studies Librarian

Sound of Music: Instruments and Their Families

Sound of Music: Instruments and their Families

Now through August 31, 2015
Main Library, 4 West, outside of Fine Arts

Do you know what an aerophone is? How about an ididophone? Chordophone? These are classifications of instruments based on how sound is produced.  Come up to the 4th floor in the west wing of the Main Library to see examples of these classifications.  The instruments are all borrowed from the Library staff, a talented bunch!

Exhibit produced by Kelly Sattler, Mary Black, and Ben Berghorn.

Profiles in Creativity: MSU Libraries Celebrates the Arts

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Now through August 31, 2015
Main Library, 3 West

A celebration of the Arts through the creative endeavors of MSU Library staff and Library resources.

Exhibit produced by Anita Ezzo and Terrie Wilson.

Summer Training Classes - 2015

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Summer Classes

This summer, the classes offered include EndNote, Mendeley, and Finding Funding Online. Register for training sessions.