Welcome to Special Collections

the Special Collections reading room at the MSU Library

The Reading Room

The Special Collections unit of the Michigan State University Libraries collects, houses, and preserves rare and unique materials within the MSU Libraries. Our materials cover a vast array of topics from Africana to Veterinary Medicine. These materials are available to the public in our reading room.

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Discover Special Collections

An extensive selection of writings by and about one of the world's most celebrated librarians is held in Special Collections. The librarian is Jorge Luis Borges, whose short stories, essays, and poetry influenced generations of writers and readers. The Borges collection, acquired in 1973, contains virtually all the first editions of Borges' works, including Ficciones (Buenos Aires, 1944), the MSU Libraries two millionth volume. The most recent addition to the collection is the manuscript of his celebrated 1950 essay, La Muralla y Los Libros ("The Wall and the Books"), which was a gift of Professor Donald Yates in 2003.


Special Collections
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing
MI, 48824


During the Fall and Spring semesters when classes are in session, Special Collections is open for the following hours:

Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm - 5pm

See the hours' web page for the most up to date hours.