On-Going Library Workshops

Throughout the year, the library holds free workshops for students and staff. Topics include citation managers, computer applications, and more. Reservations are encouraged and help a lot with planning. To find out full details and to register, please visit the Library Workshops calendar by clicking here.

Paws to Destress
MSU Library, around the corner from the CyberDiscovery wall - just follow the paws!

Wednesday, April 24, 5-7 p.m. image
Thursday, April 25, 1-3 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 10 a.m to 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 1-3 p.m.

MSU Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals to help you de-stress throughout dead week and finals week. Click here to see complete infomation abut Paws to Destress.


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Creating Spaces graphicMSU Library to Create More Space for Students and Faculty

In response to student feedback, the MSU Library will be expanding its available space for student study areas, seating, technology, and group study rooms in the summer of 2019. 

Constructed in two phases in 1949 and 1961, the Renne Library was built for a student body that was much smaller than it is today. Enrollment in 1961 was 4,320 students compared to current enrollment of almost 17,000 students. The library’s main purpose was to store large collections of books and periodicals, but, today the most heavily used collections are digital.

Technological changes have altered the nature of the library’s collection, ultimately transforming the library into more of a study area and an active collaborative learning environment. After careful analysis that included an 18-month long master planning process, we determined that the that best way to create more student study space in the library was is to move some important but low-circulation items to a storage facility near campus.

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Staff News 

Research Services Librarian Mary Anne Hansen published a co-authored article in the International Journal on Innovations in Online Education about the Tribal College Librarians Institute. The article provides an overview and history of TCLI, which has been running at MSU for nearly 30 years, and examines plans to utilize online learning technologies to extend the reach and impact of this unique professional development program.

Data Services Librarian Sara Mannheimer recently completed a research project about data management planning on campus. She conducted a content analysis of data management plans from grant proposals at MSU, and then conducted follow-up interviews with PIs from awarded grants. Results of the research were used to revamp the library's data services resources, including a revised data management planning toolkit for PIs. http://www.lib.montana.edu/services/data/. Sara shared the results of her research in an article published in Journal of eScience Librarianship.  

  • Mannheimer, Sara. (2018). “Toward a better data management plan: the impact of DMPs on grant funded research practices.” Journal of eScience Librarianship, 7(3), e1155. https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2018.1155

Library Journal  named User Experience and Assessment Librarian Scott Young one of 54 “Movers and Shakers” recognizing him for his work in developing the Indigenous Participatory Design Toolkit.

Friends of MSU Library Book Group Announces 2018-2019 Selections

Reading need not be a solitary activity. The Friends Book Group invites everyone to join them for their monthly book discussions. A variety of fiction and nonfiction is read each year and membership is casual - you're free to come to the discussions that interest you as your time allows. Visit this link  to discover which books made the 2018-2019 reading list.

Acoustic Atlas Featured On National Public Radio's Here & Now.Acoustic Atlas Logo

On July 16, 2018 Acoustic Atlas program director Jeff Rice told the story of the Toads of Trinity. You can listen to the episode by clicking here. You can read the full story and find out more about Acoustic Atlas by visiting the blog.


Bobcat Browse

Bobcat Browse is a popular reading collection on the first floor ologof the Library, just past Brewed Awakening coffee shop. Here you'll discover the latest  books recommended by MSU students, faculty, and staff and can read current  magazines and local newspapers. What to see something added to the shelf? Click here to suggest a book for Bobcat Browse.  

Library Display

Throughout the semester you may notice the different displays in the glass case, just inside the door of the library. These ever changing displays are the work of the MSU Library Display Committee. Check them out in person or take a look by visiting this link.

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Paws to De-Stress

During Dead Week and Finals Week each semester MSU Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals to bring therapy dogs to the library. Students are encouraged to take moment to relax and de-stress with these animals, so they can finish the semester with renewed vigor. Be sure to see what we have in store for Spring 2019!


New Student Orientation Activities

Library participates in the three new-student orientations hosted by MSU Office of Admissions each summer. For the past several years, MSU Library has ben serving root beer floats to students. http://www.montana.edu/admissions/orientation/



Catapalooza, a two-day festival held at the beginning of the fall semester, welcomes new and returning students to MSU. Organized by MSU Office of Student Engagement, the event draws over 2,500 students and parents. Campus departments, community organizations and local businesses have booths at the event featuring information, entertainment, food, giveaways, and activities. http://www.montana.edu/catapalooza/


Library Open House

Each year, in conjunction with Spring Convocation activities, MSU Library holds its annual Open House. It’s a chance to showcase library resources and services, and to bring in university partners to share information about their programs and services. A theme based on a classic work of literature is selected and food, décor, activities, music, and door prizes are based on this theme. 


Trout and Salmonid Lecture Series

MSU Library sponsors an annual Trout and Salmonid Lecture which is free and open to the public. We strive to represent the diversity of angling and select presenters that speak to all aspects of trout and salmonid culture. Past speakers have included author Thomas McGuane, television personality Jeremy Wade, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Martha Williams. https://www.lib.montana.edu/trout/lecture-series/


Friends of MSU Library Events

The Friends of MSU Library holds both fundraising and “friend-raising” events throughout the year. Past events have included author readings, gala dinners, panel discussions and the popular Distinctive Dialogues series. http://www.friendsofmsulibrary.com/


Events with University Partners

MSU Library partners with departments throughout the university. Examples of past partnerships include the Bobcat Fever Ice Cream Social with ASMSU during the student government election, the IT Services Tech Expo, the Family and Graduate Housing Welcome Party, and numerous event with the Writing Center.


Events with Community Partners

The MSU Library is proud to work with our Community Partners to connect campus life to the Bozeman Community. We work on such collaborations as Banned Books Week, This House of Sky 40th anniversary event at the Country bookshelf et al 10.2018), poetry reading with Bozeman Public Library, One Book One Bozeman, and Doig Days of Summer in Dupuyer.