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What's new in your library

August 19, 2021

Students, it's great to see you on campus again!

Over the last several months, we have been busy enhancing the MSU Libraries to better serve students and faculty. Below are a few of the exciting projects we hope you'll enjoy as you settle into the fall semester.

Return to normal operating hours

Mitchell Memorial Library has returned to normal operating hours for Fall 2021, staying open until 2am Sunday-Thursday. Starting August 29, Old Main Academic Center will now be open on Sundays from 1pm until 6pm. For more information on our hours, visit

New areas for group and individual study

We've installed new furniture in the Research Services Reading Room, the 5th Floor Study Room, and the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center.

The Research Services Reading Room now has more individual study carrels equipped with electrical outlets to charge your devices. The room has comfortable seating and some group study tables. If you need a quiet space to study, visit this area on Mitchell Memorial Library's 2nd floor.

Image of new seating and carrels in the Research Services reading room
Over the summer library staff removed shelving from this area and installed new study carrels, providing more space for students to study!

Thanks to funding from Dr. Janice Nicholson, we were able to update the Mitchell Reading Room located between the James W. Nicholson Reading Room and the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center. It is amazing what new carpet, refinished bookshelves, and fresh paint will do to a room, but the look won’t be complete until the furniture arrives later this fall!

Image of Mitchell Reading Room post-remodel
The Mitchell Reading Room is located between the James Nicholson Reading Room and the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center.
Image of furniture in Room 2005
Room 2005 - a newly renovated technology equipped collaboration room for students. Reserve this space online.

We've made the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center a more inviting space with new furniture. Later this fall, we'll install new furniture in the Makerspace as well.

Image of new furniture in the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center

The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education online

Thanks to our partnership with the College of Business, the Division of Finance and Administration, and Dow Jones, all MSU employees and students now have online access to The Wall Street Journal. Sign up for your subscription at using your Mississippi State University email address ([your netID]

Beginning September 1, all MSU employees and students will also have access to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Check our News section on or after September 1 for access instructions.

New laser cutter in the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center

The Glowforge laser cutter is the newest tool in the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center's Makerspace. The Glowforge uses high pressure and heat to cut and engrave on a variety of materials. You can use readily available designs to make things, or create your own designs. Approved  materials are available for purchase in the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center. For more information, visit

Image of student using the Glowforge
Check out the new Glowforge laser cutter.  Use the laser cutter to engrave, cut and emboss materials. It is easy to use!
Image of sample items created using the Glowforge
Here are some of the items made and etched with the Glowforge laser cutter.
Close-up image of an item created with the Glowforge
Close-up of an item created using the Glowforge.


New and improved Scholars Junction institutional and digital repository

Scholars Junction logo

Scholars Junction is an important tool for showcasing the University's research, scholarship, and creative works. We encourage anyone who wants to preserve and provide access to their creations to submit your work to Scholars Junction.

MSU Libraries faculty and staff have been working since December 2020 to migrate content from the previous platform into a more robust, reliable, and feature-rich system. The new cloud-hosted platform hosted by Digital Commons by bepress is an excellent system to share many types of works, including (but not limited to) scholarly articles, working papers, extension documents, photographs, videos, open educational resources, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, presentations, and more. The new system accepts most file types and submission is quick and easy. Did we mention it provides unlimited storage?

Digital Commons also allows the Library to offer journal hosting services and provides a platform for online events and conferences.

Learn more about the migration and its benefits.

New micro-credentialing program

We're developing a micro-credentialing (or "badge") program to help students learn new skills that enhance their educational experience. By participating in specific workshops, participants will be able to earn a badge that can be used on your social media pages, resume and website.

Achievement badges and Attendance badges will be available as a part of the current offerings. Available badges for the fall semester include Adobe Spark Achievement Badge; Excel Charts Achievement Badges; Excel Chart, Formulas & Pivot Tables Attendance Badge; Survival Skills for Graduate Students Workshop Badge; and Library Research for Graduate Students in Agriculture and Forest Resources Badge.

More information will be added to our website in the next week.

Image of Excel Charts achievement badge
Image of Survival Skills for Graduate Students Level 1 achievement badge