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CatSearch (Private)

Your Library Account

By logging into your Library account through CatSearch, you can see items you have checked out, view fines, see items you've ordered through TRAILS, and view any notes or blocks that have been placed on your Library account. You also need to access your Library account in order to renew materials that you have checked out.

Please note, you are not able to pay fines through CatSearch -- all fines must be paid at the Library Service Desk. 

How do I login to my Library account?

From the Library's homepage, select Request:

Next, select Renew Materials:

You will be directed to a login page. All current MSU student, staff, and faculty should select MSU NetID: 

Overview of Library Account


This section provides you with a summary of your loans, fines and fess, holds and orders, and any blocks or notes that have been applied to your account. You will also be able to renew your materials.


This tab will show you a summary of all the items your currently have checked out from the Library. You also have the option to renew your materials all at once, or one-by one.

Holds + Orders

Review any items that you have placed a hold on at MSU Library and review items that you have ordered through TRAILS. Please note, you will not be able to review items requested through Interlibrary Loan. You will need to access your Request It account. 

Fines + Fees

This tab will show you any fines or fees that have been applied to your account including overdue fines or replacement fees. Please note, fines cannot be paid online through CatSearch

Blocks + Notes

If your account has any issues, staff will add notes to your user profile and those notes will be displayed under this tab.