Donation builds largest media collection in US at MSU Library

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – You’re in luck if you’ve ever had the sudden urge to see obscure movies from the 1990s, listen to CDs so unique they never did find an audience or play a game of first generation Donkey Kong.

Michigan State University is now home to the largest media collection held by a library in the U.S..

More than 850,000 movies, CDs and videogames have been donated to MSU by the California-based Rovi Corp.

The Rovi Media Collection will be housed in the main MSU library and will be an important research tool for students and faculty.

The CD archive is made up of discs commercially available in the US since the early 1990s. There are also some European releases.

The DVD collection began the year DVDs were introduced and is made up of the majority of DVDs commercially released in the US.

Videogame archives are primarily console games from 1993 to 2014, with a few titles going back as far as the early 1980s.

Access to the materials is through the MSU Libraries catalog for the MSU community. Michigan residents can use MeLCat, the Michigan e-library catalog. Users may check out materials for a week. A word of caution: if the checked-out material is lost or damaged the user will be charged to replace it.

In addition to all the CDs, DVDs and videogames the Rovi Media Collection includes more than 1,000 cabinets to store the material. The items can be searched by up to 20 million data points, such as author and date created. The Library is planning to seek grant funds to hire more librarians to continue the metadata search tagging process.

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