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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 (sometimes required) and help a lot with planning. To find out full details and to register, please visit the Library Workshops calendar.

Friends of MSU Library Book Group Announces Its 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 reading list.  During this time when in-person gatherings are prohibited, the Friends of MSU Library Book Group is meeting virtually. The group will move back to in-person discussions as soon as it is safe to do so.

Annual Events

Click here to find out about library events taking place each year.


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MSU Library’s Open House Virtual Activities
Explore Virtual Resources, Enter Your Name in the Door Prize Drawing

MSU Library’s annual Open House is a celebration of resources and services from the library and its partners. This year, in lieu of an event, please visit the Open House webpage. There you’ll find website and social media links for the library and partners, a virtual bookshelf, and the library’s new virtual tour.

The virtual bookshelf features titles recommended by event partners and includes links to the library’s catalogue record. Any of these books can be checked out using your CatCard or community borrower card.

You are also invited to check out the library’s first ever virtual tour of our spaces! This tour was created using the augmented reality application Thinglink, and enables you to explore all five floors through 360° views, information markers, and links to Web pages. We love this new library experience so much we’re giving people who visit it a chance to win one of our traditional open house door prizes because, although the celebration is virtual this year, our door prizes are as real as ever!

Click here to fill out the survey and enter your name in the door prize drawing. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on January 28. Winners will be notified by February 3

Photo of DoralynProvost's Distinguished Lecture Series - Featuring MSU Library's Doralyn Rossmann
February 8, 2022, 7 p.m., reception to follow
Museum of the Rockies

Doralyn Rossmann, professor and head of Digital Library Initiatives, will be one of four speakers in this year’s Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series. She is the first library faculty member to be invited to participate.

The free lecture series recognizes faculty members for their scholarship and leadership. Talks are aimed at both professionals and the public, and presenters will speak about what has inspired them throughout their careers. A reception follows all lectures.

Professor Rossmann's talk, titled "Library and Information Science Today: Meeting Researchers at Their Point of Need,”  will share some surprising ideas about modern libraries, including how they have changed over the years due to advances in how resources are accessed and the influence of social media on the information society. Visit the MSU News article to find out more about the her presentation.

Giving Day Superhero GraphicSupport MSU Library During MSU's Giving Day
12 p.m., Thusday, February 17 through 5 p.m., Friday, Feburary 18, 2022

Supercharge the Wi-Fi Hot Spot Lending Program, and use the power of your generosity by donating to MSU Library during Giving Day. The program arms students in need of internet access with mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, regardless of their location or ability to pay for service. Since the program began, students borrowed hot spots for both short and semester-long checkouts. Visit the library's Giving Day page to find out more and to make your gift

Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone Conference
June 5-8, 2022

MSU Library is pleased to be collaborating with University of Wyoming Libraries to present the second logoConversations on Collecting Yellowstone conference. The conference coincides with the 150th anniversary of the creation of Yellowstone National Park. 

Scholars, researchers, private collectors, librarians, and archivists will gather to explore collections, scholarship, and research related to the park and its greater ecosystem and to look to the future of collecting and curating these materials.

The conference will feature speakers, concurrent sessions, social events, and networking. Dayton Duncan, an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who frequently collaborates with Ken Burns, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Tickets to the keynote speech will be available to the public for purchase.A post-conference tour will visit Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park June 9-11.


Contact MSU Library Events and Communications Manager, Ann Vinciguerra
(406-994-6857; ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu), to find out more about upcoming events.


Check out our recent library videos. 
During the pandemic, these were created as a substitute for a few of our annual in-person events.

Each semester, MSU Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) to present Paws to De-Stress. Throughout dead week, finals week, and at pop-up events throughout the semester, ITA volunteers bring their pets to the library offering students a chance to relax and relieve stress.

Due to restrictions during the pandemic, Paws to De-Stress has moved to a virtual format.  Check out the first virtual Paws to De-stress video.  

Over the summer 2020, MSU Library participated in the virtual New Student Orientation . Click here to see the virtual library orientation LibGuide

MSU Library participated in the 2020 Virtual Catapalooza event.  Since we weren't be able to visit with new student in person, we offered the chance to follow Rufus, the library mascot, as he explores the library on a top secret mission. He’s already one smart cat but with access to the library, he has the resources to make his mission a success. 

During Fall 2020 Convocation, MSU Library hosted a live interview in Archives and Special Collections. Convocation speaker Sarah Vowell joined Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service writer and KGLT volunteer DJ, for an informal conversation. 


Click here to visit MSU Library's news archive.


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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