Mississippi State University Libraries Mississippi State University Mississippi State University

About MSU Libraries

Giving to the Mississippi State University Libraries

About Us

Over 900,000 students, researchers, and visitors come to our libraries each year to exchange ideas, explore our print and online collections, participate in cultural events, explore our museums and exhibits, take workshops that expand their knowledge and skills, and use innovative tools that enrich their teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Like most academic and research libraries, we continue to grow and evolve, providing access to more collections to facilitate cutting edge research, more spaces for students to work independently and collaboratively, and more research and technology assistance to help students, faculty and researchers achieve success.

Your support for MSU Libraries through the MSU Infinite Campaign will help us provide exemplary collections, inviting facilities, innovative technologies, enriching cultural events, and new tools that support teaching, research, creativity, and scholarship.

Funding Priorities

Build exemplary collections

Help us build our collections, including digital and online collections that provide 24/7 access to important scholarly journals and databases.

Learn more

Acquire, digitize, and enhance unique collections documenting MS history

Through collections of original documents, correspondence, pamphlets, and memorabilia, historians can research agricultural and rural life, the American Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

Learn more

Create inviting facilities

Your support enables us to enhance our physical spaces with comfortable seating, room for individual and group work, and areas that facilitate teaching and learning.

Learn more

Provide innovative tools and technology

Cutting-edge technology - including 3D printers and other "makerspace" machinery, high-end computers, audio and video recording facilities, and more - are now expected of academic libraries.

Learn more

Host programs and events that educate and engage

MSU Libraries hosts scholarly lecture series, research and technology workshops, film screenings, an annual music festival, and other events that enrich the research, work, and cultural life of the MSU community.

Learn more

Naming opportunities

Leave a lasting legacy - name a technology lab, meeting room, or studio in Mitchell Memorial Library, College of Veterinary Medicine Library, Bob and Kathy Luke Architecture Library, Phil Hardin Foundation Libraries, or Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Library..

Learn more

Testimonials

"This exceptional academic library department provides the highest standards of organization, security, and preservation for its vast collection of rare books and manuscripts. We appreciate that the materials are actively used and made available to students, faculty, and the wider research community."

John Robinson Block, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade Read more

"Universities play such an important role in society, so we feel it is our duty to give back. The purpose of our support to the Mississippi State University Foundation is to maintain and enhance the academic excellence for which this fine institution is known for, and the benefits they bring to the Mississippi community as a whole."

Peter Kahelin, President and CEO of MaxxSouth Broadband Read more

"For the first 22 years of my life a college library was both a knowledge base and the financial support for me and my family. My father spent almost 40 years as the librarian at Co-Lin. When I transferred to State in 1998 from Co-Lin I sought out a work study job at Mitchell Memorial. During my 3 years at State I worked at the IMC, which was located on the bottom floor. There I had the opportunity to learn about digital media and help both students and professors use it to communicate. During my last year I worked to help scan and categorize the Templeton Music collection.

Because of my father's work with the MS Library Assocation I got to know Dean Coleman more than most students. She and others have done an amazing job of making Mitchell Memorial Library a place for everyone to share knowledge through more than just books. There are so many more added resources available to them via the IMC, study rooms and the museums (Grant, Stennis, Grisham, etc.). The list is longer than that.

Every time we visit State with our children they always want to explore the library. It is a passion for learning that was instilled in me at an early age going to the library at Co-Lin, and I'm glad it is being passed down to them.

Mitchell Memorial goes well beyond volumes of books on a shelf, and we gave so others will have the opportunity to enjoy the vast amenities at Mitchell Memorial."

Jim Chapman

I've always heard that you can tell a lot about a person by what is in their personal library. I believe you can also tell a lot about the State of Mississippi and MSU by what is going on in the Mitchell Memorial Library.

Mississippi has a truly special literary heritage with authors like Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Shelby Foote, Tennessee Williams, and John Grisham just to name a few. It was a high honor when MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library was recently chosen as the headquarters of the Southern Literary Trail which encompasses stops in several southern states.

I remember how strange it sounded the first time I heard that the MSU Library was going to become the home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. This was a tremendous accomplishment for the entire MSU family and placed us in esteemed company as one of only 5 campuses hosting presidential libraries. A major new addition to the library will be opening in the fall of 2017 that will house the U. S. Grant Presidential Library and Association and the Congressional and Political Research Center.

I lived in the stacks during finals in the early 1990's and am excited to see just how much more space and resources the library has to offer today's students. The library is the heartbeat of the academic campus, but is often overlooked when alumni look for ways to give back. I was guilty of the same until I saw a library project featured during Hail State Days a few years ago. I was amazed at the immediate impact donations of all sizes to the library can make to the student body. I'm now a proud annual supporter and would encourage you to consider making the MSU Library a part of your future giving plans.

Billy Kirkpatrick

More testimonials


How to Give

You can make an immediate cash gift, or set up recurring or scheduled gifts, through the MSU Foundation's online form. (Under "Designations", please select "Other", and enter "University Libraries" in the text field.

Give Now      

There are a number of other ways to support MSU Libraries while minimizing your tax liability, including bequests, annuities, and trusts. See 12 options for charitable giving to MSU Libraries.

Asya Cooley

Director of Development, MSU Libraries

Contact Asya Cooley to schedule a personal visit to discuss how you'd like to support Mississippi State University Libraries!


(662) 722-2758
acooley@foundation.msstate.edu