Library Spaces Project
In response to student feedback, the MSU Library will be expanding its available space for student study areas, seating, technology, and group study rooms in the summer of 2019.
Constructed in two phases in 1949 and 1961, the Renne Library was built for a student
body that was much smaller than it is today. Enrollment in 1961 was 4,320 students
compared to current enrollment of almost 17,000 students. The library’s main purpose
was to store large collections of books and periodicals, but, today the most heavily
used collections are digital.
Technological changes have altered the nature of the library’s collection, ultimately transforming the library into more of a study area and an active collaborative learning environment. After careful analysis that included an 18-month long master planning process, we determined that the that best way to create more student study space in the library was is to move some important but low-circulation items to a storage facility near campus.