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Statistical Profile

FY 2012

MSU Library – a foundation of learning for tomorrow's leaders

Total Budget

Materials (includes F&A)
Average price of processing an item is $30.00
Average cost MSU paid for a book was $50.76

Collection Totals

Books total volumes (3,875 print books were purchased and 74,077 new e-books were purchased or leased during FY 2012)
  • 523,937 cataloged books
  • 230,104 cataloged e-books
  • approximately 114,000 uncataloged government documents
Paid serial subscriptions (print and electronic)
Video (cassettes and DVDs)
Audio (compact discs)
Music scores
3,651 Lft.

Staff [^]

Librarians (faculty) - 18 employees/16.80 FTE
Admin/Professional - 2 employees/1.80 full-time equivalent FTE
Clerical - 32 employees/30.9 FTE
Student assistants - 22 students/6.9 full-time equivalent FTE

Building [^]

Renne Library – 112,000 sq. ft. - 1,100 seating capacity

Library Use Facts - July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 [^]

839,157 people exited MSU Library
20,057 items were used in the library
39,059 items were checked out (not counting renewals)
115,568 uses were made of electronic reserves
13,808 reference questions were asked
7,932 items were loaned to other libraries
11,984 items were borrowed from other libraries
285 instruction sessions were held, reaching 5,504 students
301 appointments were made with librarians for in-depth reference assistance
48% of MSU students were reached by librarian provided instruction

Library Serves the University and Beyond [^]

  • The Renne Library is the second most heavily used building on campus—after the Student Union Building, with more than 780,000 visitors annually.
  • More learning goes on in the library than in any single classroom on campus; the library is, in effect, the largest classroom or laboratory at any university.
  • The library serves the entire state as well as campus; any Montana adult citizen can check out books or use reference services in-person or online; we are a major interlibrary loan lender to Montana Library.

Library Provides Latest Technology [^]

  • Anyone with Internet access can search our catalog; our catalog provides user-friendly, online access around the clock.
  • Wireless access and plug-in ports are available throughout Renne Library for properly equipped laptop users; more than 100 computers are available in the library.

Library Needs [^]

  • Computer systems need to be upgraded every 3 – 5 years because of wear and tear, advances in technology, and increasing demands of software.
  • We should be buying many more books than we do per year. Last year we bought 4,295, and our target was 10,000.
  • Too few books with very heavy use means that materials deteriorate at an accelerated rate.
  • More and more information is being created every year; we face increasingly greater challenges to keep up.
  • We have great staff and students; the weak link is budget for materials and equipment.