The include Mitchell Memorial Library, the main branch; the ; the ; the at MSU-Meridian; and the .

The on-campus branch libraries, and the , provide services and collections specific to the needs of the colleges in which they are housed. Although primarily serving students and faculty of the , the CAAD Library welcomes the public and provides information on related subjects such as city planning, art, construction, landscape architecture and interior design. Library faculty and staff assist patrons and provide guidance to all library resources on the MSU campus. The CVM Library's services and programs are designed to meet the teaching, research and clinical needs of the . The library faculty and staff also serve the information needs of practicing veterinarians, the general MSU community and any members of the general public with an interest in animal health. The School of Architecture Jackson Center Library in Jackson, Mississippi, serves the needs of the fifth-year program faculty and students and local architectural firms. The The Phil Hardin Foundation Library serves the students and faculty , with additional services and materials available through the .

Organizational Structure

The Dean of Libraries reports to the University's and is an active member of the . The development and oversight for the library program lies with the Library Administrative Council (LAC) which is composed of the following individuals/positions:

  • , Dean of Libraries
  • , Associate Dean of Technical Services
  • , Associate Dean of Public Services
  • , Administrator of Systems
  • , Building Services Coordinator
  • , Administrative Assistant

The Libraries employ who are exceptionally capable, energetic, and visionary, and who are devoted to the success of the overall Library Program.

Library faculty members hold graduate degrees from library schools throughout North America. This broad base of education and experience adds depth and a variety of perspectives to the Libraries' program of service. All library faculty members serve as to academic departments fulfilling the role of subject bibliographer as well as a single point of information for academic units.

Our 53 professional staff members provide the Libraries with their knowledge and application of information technologies. Our 46 support staff members are drawn from a university community that offers well-qualified individuals at each level of employment. Our part-time student assistants help us to provide a range of essential library services.


Mitchell Memorial Library's expansion and renovation project, completed in December 1996 at a cost of approximately .6 million, resulted in a state-of-the-art facility equipped to take advantage of the latest developments in information technology. The renovation and expansion project blended the original 1950s building with the 1970s and 1990s additions. It also added a , an , , and . Thanks to MSU alumni John Grisham and Charles H. Templeton, Sr. (a local businessman), the Library renovated two other areas to house the and the .

MSU has committed million toward the construction of a new Student Learning Center that will be staffed and programmed by the MSU Libraries. The new 90,000 sq. ft. facility will project the existing MSU Libraries facilities for undergraduate and graduate research nearer the emerging campus residence hall complex on the north side of the Starkville main campus. The facility will feature additional small-group study facilities and an expanded technological platform.

In addition, MSU is awaiting the formal issue of state bonds during the upcoming 2013 legislative session to finance a .8 million, 20,000 sq. ft. expansion of the MSU Libraries. A Mitchell Memorial Library addition is needed to house valued special collections, including the newly designated , and to provide proper space for use of these materials for teaching, research and scholarship. The MSU branch of the Meridian Campus is undergoing a 0,000, 2,200 sq. ft. renovation which will provide additional space as well as enhanced access to research collections and services. Both the on-campus branch libraries – College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Art, Architecture and Design – are being upgraded. The Library located in Stoneville, Mississippi, is currently moving to a larger facility.


The Libraries maintain a collection of over 2.3 million volumes, including books, software, microfilm, compact discs, video and audio cassettes, DVDs, educational films, filmstrips and slides. The Libraries' journals and serials collection, consisting of both print and online journals, contains 102,491 journal/serial titles acquired as paid subscriptions, gifts or state/federal government documents. Collection development for the Libraries is a joint endeavor between the library faculty and the academic departments and is a dynamic process that changes based on the curriculum and the needs of the faculty and students. Over the last decade the libraries' journal subscriptions transitioned from primarily print journals to online journals. With the growing popularity and demand for electronic books, the libraries' monographic collection is seeing a similar transition. The MSU Libraries serve as a selective depository for federal documents, collecting 95.27 percent of all documents offered to depository libraries. This collection has been augmented by the acquisition of selected publications of other public agencies, including the publications of state and territorial agricultural experiment stations, forest research stations, Mississippi government agencies and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). In July 2001, Mitchell Memorial Library became Mississippi's first United Nations Depository. The Libraries are now listed among nearly 400 other such depository libraries in 144 countries.

Library administration continues to allocate funding to academic departments for the purchase of monographic library materials. Librarians and teaching faculty work together on a departmental basis to purchase materials to fulfill their teaching and research needs. Librarians serving as Subject Liaisons or Subject Bibliographers work with Library Representatives from each academic department to select, evaluate and order materials.

In June of 2000, Mississippi State University became a member of the as a result of a pilot project/partnership between the and the University Libraries. In 2007, the University's Graduate Council elected to require all colleges to submit theses and dissertations electronically. Once registered in the local ETD system, the documents are made available in the NDLTD repository. For more information, visit the .

Distinctive Research-Oriented Collections of National Significance

The MSU Libraries are the repository of a distinct and cohesive collection of unique materials that focus on government and public policy, history, the media and rural and agricultural life. As a whole, the collection offers researchers an opportunity to examine key facets of U.S. history from the Gilded Age to end of the 21st century. Of particular importance are the papers of U.S. Senator John C. Stennis, the father of the modern nuclear U.S. Navy, and U. S. Representative G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery, the author of the G. I. Bill that bears his name and a Congressional champion of the National Guard and Reserves.

The collection is also highlighted by substantial materials that chronicle rural and agricultural life in Mississippi and the Deep South, including CHARM, Mississippiana and Manuscript Collections that include the papers of Progressive Farmer Magazine founder Eugene Butler. The MSU Libraries have a contract for the donation of the records of the Delta Council, the state's premier agricultural organization from the "King Cotton" era.

The MSU Libraries are also the repository of the papers of the Mississippi Press Association and a number of Mississippi's most respected journalists, including the papers of the late Turner Catledge, former executive editor of the New York Times.

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

Through a 2008 agreement with the , the MSU Libraries became the official host of the Grant papers, and Civil War scholar John F. Marszalek, an MSU Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, was named executive director and managing editor of the association. This agreement addresses the university's and Libraries' financial support in the addition of professional staff which includes an assistant editor, associate editor, administrative assistant and several Libraries student assistants.

In 2012, MSU became one of only five universities in the nation to share the distinction of hosting a presidential library when the Ulysses S. Grant Association (USGA) board of directors designated the Ulysses S. Grant Collection at MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library as the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.

The Grant Presidential Library contains copies of every known letter U.S. Grant wrote and copies of every letter written to him. This is the most complete collection of Grant correspondence in the world (some 15,000 linear feet), consisting of copies of originals at the Library of Congress, National Archives, other public repositories and private collections around the world. The Libraries also have three manuscript boxes of original Grant correspondence, particularly Grant Family material before and after Grant's death in 1885.

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection is housed in the Congressional and Political Research Center, which also houses papers from several contemporary state and national politicians. Explore this collection and learn more about the Ulysses S. Grant Association at .

The Congressional and Political Research Center

The Congressional and Political Research Center

Located on the of Mitchell Memorial Library, the , established in November 1999, is based on the premier collections of and . The careers of these two individuals span a total of seventy-two years of service as Congressional leaders. Their papers are invaluable to MSU's political research and teaching.

The Center provides research materials and information on individual U. S. Senators and Representatives, the U. S. Congress, and politics at all levels of government and has begun to take on a significant role on a state, regional and national level. The Libraries' partnerships with the and the have further enhanced this Center's ability to promote research and interest in government.

Special Collections

Special Collections

The resources of the include materials of research value on the local, state, regional and national levels.

Among the valuable documents in the are papers of the University's presidents and other officers, college, division, and departmental records, faculty papers, and records of committees and university related organizations.

The contains significant works about Mississippi and by Mississippi authors as well as a large rare book collection.

The holds 683 distinctive collections, totaling approximately 11,000 linear feet and including records in all formats and media. The Division contains collections of national significance in the field of mass media and communications, comprising thirty-one collections dating from the 19th into the 21st centuries. Included are the papers of Eugene Butler, founder of the Progressive Farmer, a regional publication which ultimately became Southern Living Magazine; the papers of Hodding Carter II, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Delta Democrat Times and the papers of Turner Catledge, managing editor of the New York Times, 1945-1972. The Division also contains significant collections documenting agriculture, forestry and rural life from the era of antebellum plantations to 20th-century agribusiness and transitional periods between. These collections document the southern plantation family in South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi and also chronicle slavery, Reconstruction, sharecropping and the activities and contributions of later generations of families. The Division contains significant collections documenting the military and American wars from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War. The largest single group consists of American Civil War documentation distributed through 134 collections, including diaries, letters, photographs, post-war reminiscences and records of veterans groups. Also found in the Manuscripts Division are more than 100 collections documenting Mississippi and national politics and the activities and influence of public officials as well as a growing group of records documenting Mississippi's built environment and the growth of the architecture profession, including more than 50,000 drawings in 20 collections representing the work of Mississippi's important architects. This collection is particularly significant for its in-depth documentation of schools in the south and for its documentation of the changes in public facilities such as courthouses and other public buildings. Some outstanding individual collections in literature and theatre are the 60 cubic feet of papers of lawyer and best-selling novelist John Grisham, a collection which has attracted continuing national and international interest; the papers and costume collection of African-American costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee, which will be the subject of two outstanding exhibits from 2012-2014; and the Hunter Cole Eudora Welty Collection, a lovingly collected group of memorabilia drawn together by a friend and colleague of Miss Welty.

John Grisham Papers

John Grisham Papers

Novelist John Grisham is one of the world's best-selling authors. One of the MSU Libraries' premier collections is that of MSU alumnus Grisham, who donated his papers to the university in 1989. Grisham's collection, now consisting of over 42 cubic feet, has brought national attention to the Libraries. Materials from the Grisham Papers are on display in Mitchell Memorial Library's , which opened in May 1998. In addition to Grisham's papers, the Libraries receive his published works, including foreign-language translations. Grisham continues to be a patron of MSU and the MSU Libraries and a generous supporter of MSU programs and initiatives.

Myrna Colley-Lee Collection

Myrna Colley-Lee Collection

In 2006, nationally-known costume designer donated her research and working costume collection to Mississippi State University Libraries. The research collection consists of scripts, photographs, breakdowns of what each character wears in each scene, period research notes, rehearsal notes from the director, playbills, newspaper articles, and thank-you notes from cast members and production crews, as well as other novelties. Primarily known as a regional theatre costume designer, Colley-Lee has designed for Chicago's , , , and . She has designed costumes for "Mothers," a play commissioned by Bill Cosby, and contributed to Eugene O'Neill's video production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night," not to mention dressing the likes of actor Kevin Kline and singer Linda Ronstadt.

Charles H. Templeton Collection and Music Museum

Charles H. Templeton Collection and Music Museum

In 2000, the Charles H. Templeton Collection, which includes over 200 nineteenth- and twentieth-century music instruments, 22,000 pieces of sheet music, and 13,000 records, was transferred to the Libraries. According to world-renowned author and musicologist David A. Jasen, the Templeton Collection contains the most complete collection of Victor Talking Machines from their debut in 1897 to 1930. This Collection, valued at over 5,000 in 1989, serves as one of the Libraries' premier collections. Items from the Collection are on display at the , located on the of Mitchell Memorial Library.

In 2001, a digitization project was established to digitize and provide access to the entire sheet music collection. To date, over 6,000 pieces of music have been digitized, archived and cataloged. For more information or to explore the collection, visit the .

Unique Initiatives

CHARM (Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi)

CHARM (Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi)

In partnership with the , the , the and the , the Libraries have implemented . CHARM's mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the role played by agriculture, forestry and rural life in Mississippi's history by collecting, preserving, and providing access to important historical materials in support of teaching, learning and research. Mississippi State University's heritage as a land-grant institution uniquely qualifies us for this task. Many items from the CHARM collection are now being digitized and made available online through the use of . CHARM has also been designated as an partner site.

Morris W. H. "Bill" Collins Speakers Series

Morris W. H.

The brings leading political, economic and governmental figures to MSU's campus for interaction with students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The program - sponsored by MSU Libraries, the , the , the , and the - is a living memorial to the founding director of MSU's John C. Stennis Institute of Government. Organized by the MSU Libraries and the Stennis Institute, the Series draws attention to the CPRC collections and brings to campus throughout the year major public figures for close and personal discussions about their lives and careers. Past speakers include Bush Presidential Library director Alan Lowe, Archivist of the U.S. Davis Ferriero, Barry Goldwater Jr., political writer Charlie Cook, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and numerous Mississippi political, judicial, legislative, and business leaders.

John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series

John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series

To encourage use of primary source materials, John and Jeanne Marszalek and the MSU Libraries established the , which includes papers presented by university students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The Marszaleks established the library fund for the purchase of primary sources to be placed in the MSU Libraries. These sources consist of materials related to aspects of American History including Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America and Race Relations. Past speakers include Dr. John Dittmer and Dr. Edna Greene Medford.

Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival

Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival

The is an annual event that brings the sounds of ragtime past and present to Starkville. The Festival debuted in March 2007, the first of its kind in Mississippi. The multi-day event features seminars, tours of the Templeton Music Museum, and concerts by some of the world's most renowned ragtime and jazz musicians. for more information about past and upcoming Festivals.

In 2006, thanks to funding provided by the Charles H. Templeton family, Mitchell Memorial Library renovated an area to house the Templeton Collection. The beautifully appointed now houses the majority of the Collection's musical instruments. Researchers and the general public can and see and hear these exquisite instruments for themselves, including record and wax cylinder players, player pianos, and music boxes.

In 2007, the MSU Libraries started the . The Festival is sponsored by the as a means of enhancing the research in the area of ragtime music, increasing the awareness of the housed in the MSU Library and introducing people to the sounds of ragtime and jazz being performed by world-renowned ragtime musicians. The festival is comprised of a blend of major concerts, mini-concerts, seminars and tours of the Music Museum.

Innovative Use of Technology

The MSU Libraries maintain a mixture of locally hosted/developed applications and software-as-service applications. Depending on the technology required, the Libraries select the route that is most appropriate for the specific projects. Over the years, the Libraries have shifted some of the traditionally locally hosted services to software as a service in order to reduce the number of applications being hosted locally. This allows the Libraries' technology staff to focus more of its efforts on other initiatives and projects that assist the Libraries faculty, staff and scholarly community.

Via its and departments, the Libraries provide, manage and develop applications that assist in the management and discovery of library resources. Library management tools are utilized to assist the Libraries in cataloging, preserving and making available its collections. The integrated library system provided by , 's Digital Asset Management software and a variety of electronic resource discovery and management tools from (ERM-Essentials, Link Source, A-Z, Discovery and Usage Consolidation) are all implemented and managed by the Libraries' Systems and Web Services departments.

An example of a locally developed application is the Book Ordering Online web-based system developed as a means of facilitating the process of recommending, selecting and ordering of monographic materials. Other web applications were developed to provide online representations of congressional finding aids. While these are still being used, plans to migrate this data to where over 350 manuscripts are already represented are on the horizon. Other applications include the implementation and deployment of 's open source for managing the submission of electronic theses and dissertations and the development of a time clock system to manage student assistants' time more efficiently and effectively. Currently under development is a unique conference manager, ConMan, which will be released as an open-source application in 2013. ConMan is being developed to assist in managing the various conferences hosted by the MSU Libraries and the . The MSU Libraries web services team also developed the website as a means of promoting and recognizing the scholarship and research of MSU faculty members. The site lists the publishing output for the university faculty including books, book chapters, articles and conference papers.

The MSU Libraries websites are designed and developed by the Libraries' Web Services department to be user-friendly and user-centered using the latest technologies available, paying close attention to the use and adoption of social media tools. In addition to the Libraries' websites, the Web Services department is called upon to develop other websites for non-university statewide initiatives. Examples include the statewide database website used by all public schools, public libraries, community college libraries, and the 's website. This outreach speaks to the technical expertise of the MSU Libraries and the respect the Libraries' faculty and staff enjoy statewide.

In the last fiscal year, the MSU Libraries' website () generated over 3 million page views and transacted 724,667 downloads of full-text journal articles and 1,382,137 searches of online databases.

The Libraries' Systems department maintains the Libraries' computer networks and servers, technologically equipped teaching labs, presentation rooms and an auditorium outfitted with a digital, high-definition projection system and teaching lectern. The server environment is a robust network of physical servers and virtual servers utilizing . The high-capacity storage area network (SAN) provides the Libraries with the infrastructure needed to house and maintain its digital assets.

Through a partnership with MSU's , the Libraries and the university have an extensive wireless network providing students with access to the Libraries and its collections and services, including the ability to print to lab printers wirelessly.

Instructional Media Center

Instructional Media Center

The offers professional consultation, a state-of-the-art multimedia lab, and an environment essential for learning about new technologies for teaching and research. The IMC multimedia lab, staffed by professionals and graduate students, features computers equipped with a suite of multimedia and web development software including Adobe Creative Suite CS4, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Office, and more. IMC staff provide one-on-one assistance in creating and converting materials to digital formats. The lab contains a variety of negative and flatbed scanners including large format scanners, music composition stations, and video and audio capturing/editing capabilities. High-end color printing, large format printing and laminating services are available for a small fee.

The IMC also provides regularly scheduled on a wide variety of software applications including the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, Flickr, Google Docs, and podcasting software. Teaching faculty can partner with IMC professional staff to conduct workshops specifically geared toward their course objectives.

The IMC to students, faculty and staff. Equipment available for checkout includes laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, projectors, and cassette recorders. Electronic classrooms are also available to faculty and students to reserve for classroom instruction and group study.

Library 2.0 Technologies

The MSU Libraries are heavily involved in the evaluation of and use of Library and Web 2.0 technologies. The Libraries have implemented several initiatives that utilize the 2.0 technologies that students use as a means of communicating and sharing information. Our intent is to establish a presence on the social networks our students use, to offer new ways for students to use library resources, and to create a sense of community between students and the Libraries.

  • - The Libraries have a Facebook page maintained by several of our librarians.
  • - The Libraries post photos from and images from to its Flickr page.
  • - We use our Twitter account @msu_libraries to distribute information about events, services, collections, and workshops.
  • - We post videos from many of our events--including the Collins Speaker Series and the Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival--to YouTube.
  • - Our weekly podcasts are uploaded to iTunes, added to our website and sent to the . These bring our listeners up to date on Library events, services, collections and workshops.

Library Research Guides


In 2008, MSU Libraries adopted online web 2.0 content management and library knowledge sharing system as a means of updating and redesigning traditional research guides. With the implementation of LibGuides, subject liaisons are able to develop their own research portals specifically focused and tailored to the needs of their academic departments. The introduction of LibGuides, which utilizes a variety of Web 2.0 technologies, has greatly enhanced the use of library resources, both online and print, and promotes the subject librarians and the service.

Digitization of Specialized and Unique Collections

Digitization of Specialized and Unique Collections

The MSU Libraries have been actively creating digital collections by focusing on three distinct collections – , , and the . While other collections are being highlighted and promoted through digital collections, these three collections represent our major digitization efforts. With the cooperation of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, the Libraries are also digitizing materials from the .

Through a 5,000 the Library was able to purchase and hire temporary staff to assist in digitizing materials. The SBA Grant ended in 2008 but digitization efforts continue. As a part of a group digitization project led by the named the , the MSU Libraries will focus on digitizing materials from its collections that relate to the civil war era.

The Library also initiates special digitization projects on behalf of academic units. To date, the Library has partnered with the to create an highlighting tools found in the College's museums. Other partnerships include the digitization of costumes from the housed in the and the digitization and preservation of tapes from the .

Library Technology Development

In addition to contracting with technology vendors, the Libraries' web developers create tools and resources to automate library functions and services including adopting and adapting many open source technologies. Some of the tools created include:

  • Library Help Desk: Developed to help the Systems Department to manage and track incoming problems. The application now serves Systems, Web Services, Access Services, Stacks Maintenance, the Digital Preservation and Access Unit, and the Instructional Media Center.
  • BOO (Book Orders Online): Developed to provide University faculty with a means of submitting book orders to the library. The system tracks orders from the point of submission through the order process and keeps faculty abreast of their orders' progress. It also tracks departmental book purchase budgets and informs faculty how much they have left to spend.
  • : The MSU Libraries proudly support the University's faculty authors by promoting their works through the MSU Faculty Authors website. We strive to recognize the scholarship and research of MSU faculty members by listing any books and journal articles they published while employed at MSU.
  • In 2009, the MSU Library released its first site developed specifically with the cell phone user in mind. The site () provides the mobile user with some of the most commonly used library resources in a format that is optimized for mobile devices. The online catalog, directory, hours, and many of the Library 2.0 initiatives (YouTube, RSS feeds, FlickR, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are available from the mobile site. Additional plans for 2009 include finalizing a iPhone application specifically designed for iPhone users.

Public Services

Although one-on-one informational services may be provided from any of our service desks in Mitchell and branch libraries, the is located in Mitchell. Our to each academic department, in tandem with our , form the basis of a strong network upon which we build our reference services.

Ask A Librarian!

Our service provides access to reference specialists in a variety of ways: 1) through our online Chat system; 2) by phone; 3) by e-mail; 4) by making an appointment for a specialized consultation; 5) by stopping by the Reference Desk. We also have an extensive web presence, through which we provide , , and . Many of our are accessible through our web pages. We offer numerous on how to use the library, copyright and honor code topics, how to publish, thesis and dissertation development as well as course specific classes on various research topics. We have many initiatives focusing on particular groups within the University including , , , , and .

We have a large collection and are also a United Nations documents depository.

Leadership and External Contributions to the Profession

The Libraries hold membership in a number of associations and networks across the Southeast and the nation in an effort to expand the opportunities available to the MSU community. In addition to being members, the Libraries' faculty and staff have made significant contributions to the profession and communities they serve by seeking leadership roles.



, was established in June 1997 for the benefit of all of Mississippi's publicly supported libraries, K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. MAGNOLIA provides access to Internet databases that include full-text and abstracted journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference books on many subjects of general and specialized interest. Dean has been Chair of the MAGNOLIA Steering Committee since its inception. The Technical Advisor and Chair of the Database Selection Committee for MAGNOLIA is , MSU Libraries' Administrator of Systems.

Mississippi Library Partnership (MLP)

The , formerly known as the Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium, is a multi-type library consortium established in 1993 by the Mississippi State University Libraries to share automation costs and technical expertise through implementation of a common integrated library system. Each member library uses the SirsiDynix system for its circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and serials system. The , which displays the holdings of all members, and the reciprocal borrowing agreement among the members encourage resource sharing. The consortium has significantly increased the number of resources available to MSU students. , MSU Libraries' Administrator of Systems, manages the consortium.

The consortium's members include:

MegaResource School Librarian Workshop Series

MegaResource School Librarian Workshop Series

The MegaResource School Librarian Workshop Series, hosted and sponsored by the MSU Libraries, is designed for K-12 librarians in need of continuing education. These workshops generally center on technology and its application in the library environment. The series is held yearly at Mitchell Memorial Library. Librarians attending the workshops can apply for Continuing Education Units (CEU). The assists school librarians with professional development throughout the year.

MSU Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit

Library 2.0 Summit

The combines two long-running and popular conferences: the MidSouth eResource Symposium and the Emerging Technologies Summit. The new two-day conference hosts discussions about the origins, implementations, and implications of electronic resources and other new library technologies. MSU LEETS is designed for the academic library community and features respected speakers and innovative ideas librarians and administrators can steal. The Summit will be hosted yearly by the MSU Libraries.


The MSU Library is a member of several local, regional and national organizations and associations. These include:

National Memberships:

Regional Memberships:

State Memberships: