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If you would like to make a financial contribution online, please visit the Giving to MSU website at Please be sure to verify that your gift is intended for the Turfgrass Information Center Endowment.

To mail in your contribution, please see our mail-in form at

If you wish to discuss special sponsorship opportunities, projects, or about becoming a major donor or cooperator (see, please contact Seth Martin of MSU Library Development at (517) 884-6446, or by emailing

Other Ways to Help

  • Donate needed materials to the Collection, and encourage others to do the same. See for further specifics.
  • Support the TIC Endowment yourself and/or encourage other individuals, organizations, and groups to become involved and do so as well. See for more information.
  • Subscribe to the TGIF database for yourself or for your academic institution, or encourage your professional organization to become involved so that its members can easily use TGIF. See for further details.
  • Encourage your local, state/provincial, national, or international organizations to become a digital cooperator, and to make their publication(s) available to the turfgrass world. See for more information.
  • Volunteer time at the Center. Your expertise can help the indexing of print and visual materials.

Thank you for your support of the Collections, TGIF database, and TIC services in these various ways.

Briefly About the Turfgrass Information Center:

The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world, and includes the full range of turf-based facilities, including golf courses, parks, athletic fields, roadsides, sod farms, lawns, and other forms of managed landscapes.  TIC manages several named Collections as well as constructs and maintains the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database and an array of electronic resources including archive sites. 

O. J. Noer Memorial Turfgrass Collection
Intensive collection-building for turf science began in the early 1960s, and was named after the donation of the O. J. Noer Memorial Turfgrass Collection in 1968.  This collection-building continues through both gifting and purchase.  The Noer Collection is housed in TIC, the Main Library stacks, and Special Collections.

James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection
James B Beard, former MSU turf faculty member, most cited turfgrass author, and the most famous turfgrass researcher in turfgrass science, donated his personal collection of print materials to MSU in 2003.  This non-circulating reference collection is the strongest personal collection of such material in the world, and Dr. and Mrs. Beard continue to acquire and donate materials to build this collection.

Turfgrass Information File
Intensive online activity began in 1984 at the behest of the United States Golf Association, with the launch of the subscription-based Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database.  With new and expanded features and functionality added every year, TGIF contains over 250,000 records, with over 50% linked to digital versions of the full-text of the item.  In addition, TGIF includes increasing amounts of integrated reference content, such as Beard’s Turfgrass Encyclopedia entries.

Electronic Resources
Beginning in the early 2000s, TIC began partnering with organizational, institutional, and trade publishers worldwide on ongoing cooperative digitization projects to continue to expand the digital library associated with the Center.  As of 2011, over 20 public- and restricted-access electronic resource sites are hosted by TIC.  All have unified retrieval of contents via the TGIF database. 

TIC resources, including its Collections, the TGIF database and their supporting electronic resources, are now used internationally by turfgrass researchers, practitioners, and students, and are well-established as the primary online resource within the discipline – with over 1.3 million TGIF searches conducted and over 5.6 million PDF displays from the digitized files in 2011.

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