MSU Libraries Special Collections

Outreach Coordinator: Kris Baclawski

100 Library/Special Collections, East Lansing, MI 48825

Phone: (517) 884-6471

MSU Libraries/Special Collections Website

Reading Room is open to all, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except on University holidays), and Sunday, from 1:00 – 5:00 (during the regular school year, except for Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Spring Break weekends).    The most current information about hours can be found at:

All materials must be used in the Reading Room.   Use of laptop computers and digital cameras is allowed.  Photocopying is limited.  Individual or small group tours can be arranged by appointment  (contact information above).


Special Collections holds over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera supporting research in popular culture, radicalism, comic art, and gender. Notable rare book collections include early veterinary medicine, eighteenth century British history and culture, modern American literature, cookery, and natural history. The Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world while the Radicalism Collection features extensive holdings on a wide range of political, social, and economic viewpoints. All of the materials may be seen and used in the Special Collections reading room during open hours

College/Department Affiliation:  Libraries, Computing and Technology/Libraries