The MSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries which showcases museums and galleries in academic institutions.
The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library's exhibit room on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library displays artifacts belonging to U. S. Grant and his family, including material from his childhood, military career, his presidency, world tour, his 1885 death and his family's life into the twentieth century. Materials include furniture, china, photographs, prints, portraits, books, and a variety of other memorabilia. Exhibits are rotated on a regular basis to display the variety of the collection, and when new items are donated.
The Museum tells the story of the "business of music" with its collection of musical instruments, recordings, and sheet music. View and listen to early phonographs created by Thomas Edison; gramophones produced by Columbia and Eldridge Johnson; cylinder and disc-type music boxes; organs; organettes of paper roll and cob varieties; and self-playing accordions.
The John Grisham Room displays materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator (1983-1990), and MSU alumnus John Grisham. It also serves as a presentation and conference suite for seminars, receptions, lectures, and other functions related to teaching, research, and service.
Selected costumes and notes from costume, art, and set designer Myrna Colley-Lee are on exhibit in the John Grisham Room.
The Stennis-Montgomery Room is located on the third floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library. The Stennis-Montgomery Room contains photographs, correspondence, and artifacts that document the lives and careers of Senator John C. Stennis and Congressman G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery, both Mississippi State alums. The Papers of Stennis and Montgomery, as well as other former members of the United States Congress, are part of the Collections of the Congressional and Political Research Center. The Stennis-Montgomery Room is open Monday-Friday 7:30-5 and is used as a Library and MSU campus meeting space.