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Student Art Contest

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Our annual Student Art Competition will award two $500 prizes, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student! We will acquire the winning artwork for display in the MSU Libraries. The competition is generously supported by the Irene B. Arens Endowment in Support of Student Arts in the MSU Libraries. Submit your work by 5pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.

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USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

USC Shoah Foundation

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is a fully streaming video collection of more than 53,000 primary source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust (Shoah), the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Guatemalan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Nanjing Massacre. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee's firsthand experience with genocide.

MSU access to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is made possible by a generous gift from Edward Brill and Leslie VanBrandt in honor of their brother, Michael Brill.

Note: First-time users must register to create a personal login

Spring 2017 Classes and Workshops

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Sign up today for a free workshop at the library! Sign up early, as most classes have limited enrollment.  Offered this semester:

  • Citation Management -  Endnote X6 and Endnote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero
  • Digital Scholarship - audio and image analysis, Neatline, Podcasting
  • Make Central
  • GIS programs - compass navigation and QGIS
  • Desire2Learn, ZOOM, and MediaSpace

Advice to Women: Restrictive Expectations in Popular Media

Four 50's-era women reading news media

Now through March 2017
Main Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

An exhibit illustrating the pervasiveness of advice--on appearance, behavior, relationships, sexuality, careers, parenting, etc.--through a selection of popular written media from MSU Libraries' collections.

See the related Library Film Series Event: a screening and discussion of Jennifer Siebel Newsom's film, Miss Representation.

Exhibit produced by Autumn Faulkner.

Muslim Journeys Book Club 2016/2017

The MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Libraries are hosting a new Muslim Journeys scholar-led book discussion series in 2016-2017. This series focuses on Islam in the U.S. and on different genres of Muslim American literature. Our aim is to bring the campus and community together to read and learn about the diversity of Muslim American history, culture, and literature. The 2016-2017 series is co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing.

Wednesday, February 22:  Ms. Marvel (comics) by G. Willow Wilson, led by Morgan Shipley, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies.  Cosponsored by the MSU Comics Forum.

Land, Lots and Lore: Cadastral Maps Through Time

1847 map of the Town of Michigan

Now through March 2017
Main Library, 1st Floor Lobby

This exhibit presents several examples of manuscript cadastral maps, historical plat maps, and contemporary GIS-based cadastral resources, showing various methods of presenting property information over time.

See the companion online exhibit.​

Exhibit produced by Kathleen Weessies and Tim Kiser

Water: Scarcity and Abundance

Water flowing into cupped hands

Now through March 31
Main Library, 4th Floor West Wing

An exhibit exploring water, the most important resource on earth and the key to life, food, and energy.

Exhibit produced by Eric Tans

Voxgov: News from U.S. Government Sources

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Voxgov collects over 50 different document types from U.S. Federal Government sources. These include press releases, speeches, transcripts, columns, blogs, fact sheets, social media, Federal Register and Congressional documents, among many others. Materials are included from candidates in the presidential election campaign.

RecycleMania 2017

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Michigan State University is one of over 600 colleges competing this year from February 3 to March 30 to recycle the most and take the title.

Last year, 80% of waste from MSU Libraries was diverted from the landfill.  Help make it more this year!  Recycle and compost when you visit the library.

Visit the current scoreboard for more information.

MARS: MSU Article Retrieval Service

MSU Article Retrieval Service

Free - Fast - For Everyone


The MSU Libraries will scan from any print collection for you (including those materials previously housed in the Engineering or Math Library) and send you an electronic copy.


Submit your request for an electronic copy!