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Visiting Scholars: Local Travel Information: Where to eat

Where to eat

Naturally, food and drink are not allowed in the Reading Room. However, you are welcome to leave food or drink in your locker, next to the reception desk. If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (and therefore not required to wear a face mask) you may take your food or drink to a seat in the lobby. If you are not fully vaccinated (and therefore required to wear a mask) please step outdoors to eat or drink. There is a pleasant patio, with seating, just outside the south entrance to the library.

Main Library

As of October 2021, the Sparty's coffee shop in the Main Library is still closed due to the pandemic.

Nearby on campus

The MSU Union is a 5-minute walk across the West Circle, and has:

  • Biggby's Coffee (Starbucks-like chain based in Michigan)
  • Sparty's Express, with snacks and cold drinks
  • Union Food Court, with three fast-food counters (the tenants for these change frequently)

Fall semester hours for services and retail establishments in the MSU Union building.

Campus dining halls

Visitors are welcome to eat at campus dining halls for a set price per meal. See the Fall 2021 schedule here.


Full service grocery

The nearest large grocery store to MSU is the Fresh Thyme Market, 940 Trowbridge Road, near the intersection of Harrison and Trowbridge. It's a 20-minute walk from the Kellogg Center. You can also use CATA's #14 bus to get there from the Kellogg Center, the Marriott East Lansing, or Owen Hall on campus.

Small grocery stores

If you're staying at the Kellogg Center, the Sparty's Market at the 1855 Place building (500 S. Harrison Road) is a 5-minute walk.

If you're staying at the Marriott East Lansing, Campbell's Market Basket at 547 East Grand River is a 5-minute walk.

If you're staying at Owen Hall on campus, the dining hall there has a modest selection of packaged foods plus cafeteria-style meals. Campbell's Market Basket at 547 East Grand River is a 15-minute walk and has many more choices.

Nearby in East Lansing

Downtown East Lansing has many options: some quick places for lunch, and some nicer places for a relaxed evening meal.

Google map

Enjoy some East Lansing flavor! These three establishments (all noted on the map above) have been local favorites for many years:


All the small stores listed under Groceries will have basic remedies like antacids and aspirin / ibuprofen / acetaminophen.

For a full range of over-the-counter remedies or to have a prescription filled, the CVS Pharmacy at 240 M.A.C. Avenue is a 6-8 minute walk from the MSU Main Library.

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