MSUToday
Published: April 14, 2016

It's National Library Week, so let's celebrate! 

Contact(s): Jennifer Orlando Media Communications office: (517) 353-4355 cell: (517) 980-0076 Jennifer.Orlando@cabs.msu.edu

Here at MSU, we are lucky to have a variety of branch libraries, special libraries and collections that span myriad of topics and research areas for Spartans to use and enjoy.

Started as a single reading room in College Hall, MSU Libraries has expanded tremendously – in size and in quantity of materials offered. The ways the libraries meet the ever-changing needs of visitors is quite varied and far-reaching. Spartans have access to such resources as the comprehensive collection on turfgrass management to the unique G. Robert Vincent Voice Library.

And what’s more? Users don’t even have to be on campus to benefit from the diverse material. Information is really just a click away.

MSU Libraries’ "online catalog and website have evolved into a portal through which [its] users can reach literally millions of online resources, from anywhere in the world they may be working or studying.

Because it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, we here at MSUToday have collected some of the many reasons we "heart" MSU Libraries.

  • Digital collections created from MSU Libraries' holdings exceed 25 gigabytes – nearly 800 shelf-feet of print material.
  • MSU Libraries has more than 7 million unique print and electronic titles, 235,000 maps; 71,000 sound recordings; and nearly 6 million microfilm/microfiche.
  • MSU has received a rare collection of media from Rovi Corp., establishing the largest media collection held by a library in the United States.
  • The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Queer collection in Special Collections of MSU Libraries was one of the first of its kind in the world when established in the late 1970's.
  • MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is one of the largest academic collections of spoken word recordings in the United States. It includes more than 40,000 hours of speeches and interviews dating back to 1888.
  • MSU Libraries' Turfgrass Information Center contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world.
  • MSU Libraries' Special Collections has the earliest known full length work on insects.
  • MSU Libraries have books in more than 300 languages.
  • With more than 600 titles in 13 languages spanning four centuries, MSU Libraries holds the country’s largest collection of books on the sport of fencing.
  • MSU Libraries has the world's largest collection of oral interviews with atomic bomb survivors in North and South America and is the only U.S. institution to have the material.
  • MSU Libraries’ Africana Collection is one of the largest and best in the United States, having been built up since 1960 to support broad faculty involvement in research and development projects on the continent. 
  • With more than 200,000 comic books, and significant holdings of proof sheets, scrapbooks, memorabilia and the scholarly literature on comic art, MSU Libraries' Comic Art Collection is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in the entire world.

And that's just a sampling of the tremendous impact MSU Libraries has on the Spartan community. What do YOU love about MSU Libraries? Be sure to tell them on Facebook and Twitter and use #NationalLibraryWeek. National Library Week is celebrated April 10-16.

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