To search for books in the MSU Libraries on a topic, you will need to use the catalog, which searches for materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries - including books - and also journal titles, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.
What's in the catalog?
What's not in the catalog?
If the item you are looking for is checked out or the MSU Libraries do not own the item, you may request it from another library (at no charge).
If your book is checked out: Select the "Get It!" button under "Status" in the catalog record. You will then be directed to a variety of options for accessing the book, including InterLibrary Loan.
If your book is not at the MSU Libraries: Submit an InterLibrary Loan Request through our ILLiad service.
For more information about requesting books visit the Get it @MSU webpage.
*You must not be taking any classes at the East Lansing campus and be registered as a distance learner with the library in order to be eligible for book delivery services
As a distance learner, you are eligible for book delivery through our InterLibrary Services department. You will need to register for an account with InterLibrary Services through the ILLiad system.
Once you have registered an account with ILLiad, use it to request books.
Please note: Print MSU dissertations will not be available through this service.
How does book delivery through ILLiad work?
The book will be delivered to you by an overnight FedEx shipment. Your signature will be required for the delivery. You are responsible for paying the cost of shipping the book back to the library by the due date.
Books are loaned to graduate students for 180 days (approximately 6 months). However, books may be recalled by another student or professor and then must be returned within 2 weeks. Renewals are available online through Your Library Account.
Questions about book delivery for distance learners should be directed to InterLibrary Services (Phone: 517-884-6398 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Another option for getting your hands on books is to use the MeLCat system:
If you live in Michigan and your local library participates in the Michigan eLibrary service, you can use MeLCat as another option for convenient book delivery. MeLCat is a consortium effort reciprocal borrowing program that many Michigan libraries participate in, including MSU. The MeLCat button is available in all MSU library catalog records. Once you have registered for a library card at your local library, you can use it to request books through MeLCat and have them sent to your home branch library for pick-up.
MeLCat books generally are loaned out for 3 weeks, with only one option for renewal.
Please visit the Off Campus Users page for a review of this information, as well as steps for requesting non-MSU material. An important thing to know is that we can get books for you even if we don't own them here at MSU by using either the MeLCat system or a national inter-library loan system.
Use the Library Catalog to search for e-books in our collection.
Use the Advanced Search options to limit to our electronic resources. Here's how:
What kind of electronic resources will I find in the library catalog?
You will find many e-books from a variety of publishers, online government documents, online journals (let's you know that we subscribe to a journal, but does not list individual articles), and a few other types of documents as well.