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Special Collections Research Grant Recipients: Local Information: Welcome

Welcome to MSU Special Collections!

Welcome to MSU Special Collections, and thank you for applying to our Research Grant program! This guide gathers together local travel information, suggestions for where to stay and where to eat, and how to explore our collections.

Summer hours

Special Collections' summer hours are Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. These hours will be in effect from May 1, 2020 to September 8, 2020. 

Our open hours for Fall 2020 have not been finalized, but will likely include at least 4 hours on Sunday, in the afternoon to early evening. Fall 2020 hours will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 


The MSU Main Library is at 366 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI  48824 USA.

Phone: 517-355-8700

Special Collections is located on the first floor of the Main Library, easily visible from both north and south entrances to the building.

Main Library floor plan - first floor

Campus map

MSU Campus Maps

Use the interactive map for walking directions

The Main Campus version of the printable map is all you need. The Full Campus version includes the university farms south of Mount Hope Road.

Bike rental

MSU is a big campus! You can rent a bike for $40 a week (plus a refundable deposit of $200) from the MSU Bikes Service Center.

Pick up and return your bike from their location (a former canoe shelter) on the bank of the Red Cedar River, a 5-7 minute walk from the Main Library.

Note that you can return your bike after hours, but you must visit during their open hours to have your refund processed.

Visas for international travelers

International scholars are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, which may have travel limits.

Time zones

Michigan is in the U.S. Eastern time zone (UTC -4) and will be on Daylight Savings Time when you visit between May 1 and September 30, 2020.

If you fly to Chicago and take Amtrak to East Lansing, note that Illinois is in the Central time zone (UTC -5) - one hour earlier than Michigan.

Trivia: what does "M.A.C." Avenue stand for?

M.A.C. = Michigan Agricultural College, MSU's name during most of its first 100 years.

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