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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.

Library Facts

Each year in December, we compile statistics about our resources and services for the Association of Research Libraries. Here are some highlights:


  • 7,606,499 unique print and electronic titles
  • 6,295,758 print and electronic volumes
  • 1,329,222 e-books
  • plus more than 235,000 maps; 71,000 sound recordings; and nearly 6,000,000 microfilm/microfiche


  • Librarians conducted 727 sessions on research skills, reaching a total of 35,469 students.
  • The reference staff handled 44,148 questions in person, by phone, and online.
  • The library borrowed 22,322 items from other libraries for MSU users, and loaned 74,240 items to other libraries from our collection.
  • The library website was visited 1,321,463 times. Users retrieved 3,726,656 full-text articles from the library's databases.
  • Digital collections created from our own holdings exceed 25 gigabytes – nearly 800 shelf-feet of print material.

History Highlights

  • The first MSU librarian, George Fairchild, was appointed in 1883.
  • The first dedicated building for the library (now the MSU Museum) was completed in 1925.
  • The library moved to its current location in 1955; the east wing of the building was added in 1967.
  • The library catalog went online in 1989.
  • The value of the library endowment surpassed $6 million in 2011.

College Hall in black and white

The library's first location was a single room on the third floor of College Hall.