Attending In-Person

The In-Person days of the 2024 Global Digital Humanities Symposium will be held in the Michigan State University Main Library. Specifics will be available at the registration table and in the registration packets and loactions are included in the schedule.

Building Information and Accessibility

Catering and Food

Parking and Transportation


Building Information and Accessibility

MSU Main Library Address: 366 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

Accessible Building Entrance

Universal entry to the Main Library is provided at the South (back) entrance, with power-assisted doors. Power-assisted doors are also available at the North entrance.

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours of the Main Library’s first floor and Digital Scholarship Lab are available to view before visiting:

If these virtual tours are inaccessible to you, please contact to request an in-person tour or a written floor plan description.


Elevators in both the East and West wings provide access to all floors of the Main Library. All elevators have Braille and tactile numbering and lettering both outside and inside each elevator


A single use restroom is available on the second floor (West). After exiting the main elevator on 2-West, turn left, then left again, and it’s on the immediate right.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the first floor (West), across from the Starbucks, and on the fourth floor (West) near the Music Library (after exiting the main elevator on 4-W, turn right and then right again).

Drinking Fountains (all are Accessible)

  • 1-West across from the Starbucks. Includes bottle filling station.
  • 2-West across from Digital Scholarship Lab. Includes bottle filling station.
  • 4-West near the Green Room [the primary location of Symposium presentations]. Includes bottle filling station.

Nursing Mother’s Room

There is a lactation room available in the Library.  To access the room, you must obtain a key from the Patron Services desk on the first floor of the library. Reservations are not required, but the room may be reserved in advance. For more information, contact

Quiet Room

A quiet/low stimulation room will be available in Digital Media Center, W426H, on the fourth floor, located near to the Green Room where the Symposium presentations will take place. This room may be used for prayer, low stimulation, meditation, or simply a break from the conference activities. It is unlocked and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is also a Reflection Room available on the 2nd floor East of the Library, which is available for the purpose of silent prayer or meditation.

Catering and Food

Food will be provided free of charge throughout the days of the Symposium. Below are details about what will be provided. Dietary restrictions communicated through the registration form have been taken into consideration. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns. On the ground floor of the Library, Starbucks is open during the day to provide additional options.



  • Bagels and Muffins from MSU Bakers – Mix of sweet and savory options; plain cream cheese and vegan/non-dairy cream cheese
  • Granola bars, including gluten-free and vegan options
  • Fruit – bananas and apples
  • Hot tea (black, green, and herbal)
  • Coffee (regular and decaf) from Strange Matter Coffee


Catering from Tantay Peruvian Cuisine:

  • Rice
  • La Diosa kale salad (vegan)
  • Solterito de Quinoa Salad (vegetarian & gluten free)
  • Aji de Gallina – mildly spicy chicken stew (contains dairy)
  • Red Lentil Soup (vegan and gluten free)

Afternoon Refresh

  • Coffee (regular and decaf) from Strange Matter Coffee
  • Hot tea (black, green, and herbal)
  • Sugar Cookies from MSU Bakers
  • Fruit and granola bars will remain available


Catering from Woody’s Oasis:

  • Vegetarian Grape Leaves
  • Falafel 
  • Kafta
  • Chicken Shwarma 
  • Rice
  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Mujadara
  • Baklava


  • Pizza and drinks will be provided for Lunch Break

Parking and Transportation

Parking on Campus

There are a limited number of parking passes available free-of-charge for Symposium attendees. Registered attendees will receive information about obtaining a pass in early March.

Ramp 6 on West Circle Drive is the closest large parking garage to the MSU Library – about a 3-5 minute walk.

Visitors may park in using only available “Pay By Plate” spots. The parking rate for visitors is $2 per hour or $10 for 24 hours, higher than the rates in downtown East Lansing. The machine accepts multiple forms of payment, including cash, coins, and credit cards, however it does not make change. You can also pay and extend your time using the Spot On app.

Accessible parking is located on the east side of the Main Library, and at the South (back) entrance.

More information about on-campus parking may be found on the MSU Police website.

Parking in Downtown East Lansing

Across Grand River Ave., there are plenty of parking options including the Albert Ave. Lot, the Grove St. Garage, the Charles St. Garage, the Division St. Garage, and the Bailey St. Lot. These attended parking options run at the rate of $0.75 – $1 per half hour, depending on the lot. More information can be found using the City of East Lansing’s Downtown Parking page.

Bus Routes to Campus

CATA (Capital Area Transit Authority) is an easy and efficient way to navigate the greater Lansing area, and a good option to get to the Kellogg Center from the airport or to explore MSU’s campus or downtown Lansing. One-way fare is $1.25, or $0.60 for students, seniors, persons with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders.

CATA’s customer service representatives are available to assist you with trip planning and route information by calling 517-394-1000. You can also visit the CATA website for more information.



The closest hotels to the Symposium, within a few minutes walking distance to the MSU Library are:


A block of rooms in Owen Hall on campus has been reserved for conference attendees. Single rooms are available at a rate of $50/night, and each single room shares a bathroom with one other single room. Please note that bookings have a 2-night minimum stay for the Symposium (as opposed to the usual 3-night minimum). Requests to share space with a particular fellow attendee can be accommodated.

More information on rooms is available below and on this information sheet for visiting scholars. Guests should email Geoff Parkerson directly to book a room, but feel free to email with any questions.

Check-in time: 3:00PM or later
Check-out time: 11:00AM or earlier

  • Suite-style rooms (two rooms are adjoined by a common bathroom)
  • Bedding -Blanket, mattress pad, pillow, pillow case, flat sheet, fitted sheet and towels
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout Owen Hall
  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Alarm clock
  • Room furnishings – Elevated bed, desk, desk chair, & dresser under the bed.
  • Study lounges on each floor.
  • Entire building and campus is smoke-free as of August 2016 (University ordinance)
  • Community Kitchen
  • Public Computers –Located in the 1st floor lobby
  • Laundry Room –Free with stay