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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.

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Library Film Series: The Zigzag Kid

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A Kessler Film Event

Main Library Green Room (W444)

Tuesday, December 1

7:00 pm

A Very Merry unBirthday to Alice! Celebrating 150 Years of Wonderland

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A Very Merry unBirthday to Alice! Celebrating 150 Years of Wonderland
Now through January 15, 2016
MSU Main Library, North Lobby

For the past 150 years, Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has delighted children and adults alike with its colorful characters and whimsical story. This exhibit showcases rare books, comics, and other material from MSU Special Collections inspired by the timeless tale. Included are a number of important illustrated editions, featuring artwork by Salvador Dali, Ralph Steadman and others, graphic novel adaptations from the Library' extensive Comic Art Collection, and political propaganda pieces co-opting the imagery of Carroll's original story. Come fall down the rabbit hole at the MSU Libraries and immerse yourself in the imaginative world of Wonderland!

Exhibit produced by Andrew Lundeen.


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Studying late at the Main Library? Let Statewalk walk you home!

Statewalk volunteers will walk you from the Main Library to anywhere on campus. They're available 8:30 pm - 12:30 am, Sunday through Thursday nights, in fall and spring semester. Look for the Statewalk table in the 1st floor lobby of the Main Library, just west of the Reference Desk.

Statewalk is a free service offered by MSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity. Thanks, Alpha Phi Omega at MSU!

Shipwrecks: Sunken Treasures of the Great Lakes

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Now through December 2015
Main Library, 3rd floor, West Wing

The Great Lakes and their connecting waterways have been a major route for trade and travel for the thousands of years starting with the Native American people who lived in the Great Lakes basin. European explorers and settlers followed in their footsteps. Between the loss of the ship Le Griffon in 1679 and the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, 6,000 to 8,000 ships are estimated to have sunk in the Great Lakes with an estimated loss of more than 30,000 lives.

Exhibit produced by Tom Volkening.

Recording the Oral Tradition

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Recording the Oral Tradition: The Legends of the Three Fires of Michigan
Now through January 31, 2016
Main Library, 2nd floor, West Wing

An exhibit commemorating Native American Heritage Month, by exploring the legends and myths of the Odawa, the Potowatomi, and the Ojibwe--the tribes of the Three Fires--that have greatly contributed to the lore of Michigan.

Exhibit produced by Lee Sochay

Rovi Media Collection

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Rovi Corporation of California, Michigan State University Libraries now has the country’s largest media collection.

The new “Rovi Media Collection” includes nearly 1 million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs and video games.   Patrons can request movies and music through the MSU Libraries catalog, and residents of Michigan can request items through MelCat, the statewide interlibrary loan borrowing system. 

Coming soon:  Gaming labs on the 4th floor of the library, and short videos detailing how to find and request material.

Finals Survival Week Activities: Fall 2015

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Sunday, December 13:

1:30 - 3 pm: Therapy Dogs (Main Library)

6 - 9 pm:  Photo Booth, Food and Prizes (Main Library)

Monday, December 14:

8 pm:  Night of a Thousand Donuts (Main Library and Business Library)

And more fun activities!

"The Mystic Chords of Memory"

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"The Mystic Chords of Memory": The Civil War at its Close, and in the American Collective Memory
Now through December 2015
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

An exhibit marking the sesquicentennial of the conclusion of a conflict that left over 600,000 Americans dead. Starting with the contemporary observations of a demobilized Michigan solider, the exhibit touches on Civil War prison narratives, public commemoration of the arts, as well as cinematic renarrations of the Civil War, its place in the struggle for equality, and as popular history.

Exhibit produced by Bobby Smiley.


Muslim Journeys Book Club 2015-2016

Muslim Journeys 2015/2016

Sponsored by MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Libraries, and East Lansing Public Library

Learn more about the experiences of Muslims in this scholar-led book group. Each session will start with a short lecture, followed by facilitated book discussion, and finishing with a question and answer period. All are invited to participate.  Drop-in for one or attend all five sessions; no sign up required.  Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments served.


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BrowZine Web is now available from the MSU Libraries. This web-based version of BrowZine can be used in any internet browser and does not require a mobile device.  See our guide on Browzine for more information!