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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.

Facts & Figures

(as of 2014/2015)


  • Opened in our current location in 1997
  • We are named after William C. Gast


  • 137,660 Books and Bound Journals
  • 561 CDs, DVDs, and Floppies and 77 audio books
  • Over 70 Business databases and many more databases in all subject areas
  • Over 8,000 Online business journals
  • Course and Research Guides: over 50


  • Seating Capacity: 522
  • Overall Area: 27,355 feet
  • Open 99 hours weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Computers for individual use: 109
  • Wireless internet access throughout the library
  • 7 group study rooms able to accommodate groups of 10 (4 with a computer and 3 with 50" TV monitors and equipped with AirRave wireless technology
  • Collaborative Technology Lab (Room 13), able to accommodate groups of 15:
    • SmartBoard, whiteboard, videoconferencing capabilities, DVD player, two plasma screens, and a projector
    • A laptop is available for check-out when using the room
  • Classroom / Computer Lab (Room 22):
    • 24 student computer workstations
    • 1 instructor workstation including computer
    • LCD Projector screen, 2 flat screens, 1 SmartBoard, VCR, and sound equipment
  • A study carrel room equipped with 16 cubicles and 78 lockers is available to Business faculty and PhD students
  • MSU Print credit printing available utilizing 3 large capacity B&W printers and 1 large capacity Color printer
  • 1 Color scanner/faxing station
  • 1 Photocopier
  • 1 Magnifier/Reader (Aladdin Rainbow Reader - available upon request)

Primary Clientele

  • 6,753 students in the Broad College of Business (5,799 undergraduates and 954 graduates) and 896 students in The School of Hospitality Business (860 undergraduates and 36 graduates) as of Fall 2014
  • 120 Full-time (tenured, tenure track and full-time lecturers) in the Broad College of Business and 15 Full-time (tenured, tenure track and full-time lecturers) in The School of Hospitality Business
  • We also serve the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and their 1366 students (1303 undergraduates and 63 graduate students) as of Fall 2014 and 34 professors and instructors


  • Visitors since 1997 exceeds 5 Million
  • Group Study Room and Collaborative Technology Lab Check-ins: over 7,000
  • Items checked out: 8,395
  • InterLibrary Loans: 716 filled
  • Front Desk Interactions: 6,372


  • Approximately 19 student employees
  • 6 Full time staff members (4 librarians and 2 support staff)

Annual Reports