Visitor information

FRIB looks forward to welcoming scientific users from around the world. The following information is intended to assist in your visit.

There are a number of steps that scientific users must take before being approved for on-site access, including disclosing information regarding citizenship, submitting a signed user agreement, and completing online safety training. Please notify the Manager for User Relations at least three weeks prior to your planned arrival in order to complete all of the necessary requirements.

In compliance with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Rules issued 24 May 2021, the FRIB Laboratory continues to limit on-site functions. Access to the facility is limited to designated employees, contractors, and scientific users. Access and permitted activities are subject to precautionary measures.

Prior to arrival

If you are the spokesperson of an experiment at the FRIB Laboratory, please do the following items before arriving at FRIB to perform your experiment:

Upon arrival


Scientific users arriving by car should park in the Shaw Lane Parking Ramp, which is north of FRIB (directly across Shaw Lane). Do not park in a metered or leased space. Obtain a parking pass from the FRIB receptionist for either 24 hours or one week. Note: Parking in the Shaw ramp is free (with no pass needed) overnight from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. and on weekends.

Building access

For entry into FRIB when you first arrive, please go to the main entrance of the building, which is next to the MSU Chemistry Building on Shaw Lane. If you arrive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, the doors will be open; identify yourself to the receptionist as a scientific user and request to see the Manager for User Relations. If outside of normal business hours, please use the phone located between the outer and inner doors to call the operator at 77305; and, if the operator is not at that number, page the operator by dialing 70143. You can also use your cell phone to call the Cyclotron Console at (517) 908-7305.

Scientific users will need FRIB access cards to enter FRIB and work in radiation-restricted areas of the laboratory. For more details, please refer to the Responsibilities of Experimenters (available via the User Portal). 

Connecting to the Internet

Scientific users can connect to MSUNet Guest Wireless without needing an MSU NetID or to register their devices.

For more information, visit the MSU "Getting Online" site.


Eduroam is a wireless network access service that allows global wi-fi compatibility between academic institutions and organizations. Students, researchers, staff, and faculty from a participating institution can access the wireless networks of any other participating institution by using their home institution’s credentials. For more information, visit the Technology at MSU web page.

Status meetings for experimenters

Two short meetings take place each day to provide information to experimenters regarding the status of the facility. At least one person from the experimental collaboration should attend each meeting to give a brief statement on the status of the experiment. The first meeting occurs at 8 a.m. in 1200 FRIB Laboratory and the second meeting occurs at 1:45 p.m. in 1154 FRIB Laboratory.

Accommodations, transportation, and dining


The FRIB Laboratory has special arrangements with several hotels to provide rooms at reduced rates for FRIB scientific users and visitors, including visitors who pay their own expenses.


If you are staying at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, please note that Kellogg will provide free transportation between Kellogg and FRIB, if arrangements are made in advance with the hotel.

For transportation around the area, you may also rent a car through ZipCar. ZipCar charges either per hour or per day. There are ZipCars in several locations around campus, including across from the FRIB entrance (near the Planetarium). For more information about ZipCar, rates and usage, check the company website.

Dining on campus

There are two MSU cafeterias that are each a short walk from the laboratory (approximately 5 minutes). Owen Hall is located diagonally across the intersection of Shaw Lane and Bogue Street, just east of FRIB. Shaw Hall is located directly north of the laboratory, across from the Shaw Lane Parking Ramp. For hours and menu, please visit Eat at State. The Eat at State website also has information on the measures MSU Culinary Services has implemented due to the COVID-19 situation.

There are many additional options within walking distance in East Lansing.

Campus information

Campus information is available at the Michigan State University website.

Exercise facilities

There are several options for exercise facilities in the local area. Use this specially-created Google map to find nearby options