Each year, we compile statistics about our resources and services for the Association of Research Libraries. Here are some highlights from 2013/14:
- 6,531,145 unique print and electronic titles
- 6,548,621 print and electronic volumes
- 1,555,710 e-books
- plus more than 235,000 maps; 85,844 sound recordings and films/videos; and nearly 7,000,000 microfilm/microfiche
- Librarians conducted 698 instruction sessions and workshops, reaching a total of 32,221 people
- The reference staff handled 41,701 questions in person, by phone, and online
- The library borrowed 19,981 items from other libraries for MSU users, and loaned 68,468 items from our collections to other libraries
- The library website was visited 1,601,429 times, and users retrieved 3,926,184 full-text articles from the library's databases.
- Digital collections created from MSU Libraries' holdings exceed 100 terabytes, and cover the breadth of collecting areas from Agriculture to Veterinary Medicine.
- 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.
The library's first location was a single room on the third floor of College Hall.