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Collection Policies

Special Collections is charged with the responsibility to house, collect, preserve, and make accessible rare and special books and research collections for educational use. Special Collections now holds over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera.


Special Collections acquires unique and special materials to serve the teaching, research, and service mission of Michigan State University. Materials, including printed works, manuscripts, archives, artifacts, ephemera, and media, may be purchased, donated, or accepted as transfers from the MSU Libraries' circulating stacks. Purchases are financed by annual University materials budget funding and interest from endowments specified for Special Collections. Donor inquiries are welcomed as are inquiries from MSU Libraries bibliographers for transferring material from the circulating stacks to Special Collections.

Collecting Priorities

Collecting priorities are determined for the most part by the existing strengths of Special Collections. Occasionally new collecting areas are added to support curriculum, teaching, and/or research needs of the University. New areas of collecting my also develop to respond to future scholarship needs, or as a result of a gift. Given the limits of space, staff, and resources, all collecting must be selective.


Special Collections accepts gifts, but they must be accompanied by a deed of gift, or a similar legal instrument. All gifts accepted become the property of Michigan State University.

Support Special Collections

Special Collections welcomes gifts of materials as well as financial support.

If you would like information about making a gift to Special Collections, please contact Seth Martin, MSU Development Officer at MSU Libraries.

You may also see the Giving to Michigan State University Libraries page for more information.

More Information

For more information about Special Collections, follow the link below to their website.