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Statistical Profile

FY 2014


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

  • Book volumes owned or leased: 921,609
    • 522,715 are cataloged print books
      • In FY 2014, 3502 print books were purchased
    • 288,894 are cataloged e-books
      • In FY 2014, 69,507 new e-books were purchased, leased, or made available for possible purchase through demand-driven acquisitions)
    • 110,000 are uncataloged government documents.
  • Serial subscriptions (print and electronic): 20,005
  • Microforms: 2,199,142
  • Video (cassettes and DVDs): 9,182
  • Audio (compact discs): 2,542
  • Music scores: 6,028
  • Average price for a print book: $40.27
  • Average cost of processing an item: $30.00



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



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


Library Use Facts - July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014

  • 970,773 people exited MSU Library
  • 13,442 items were used in the library
  • 35,790 items were checked out (not counting renewals)
  • 96,204 uses were made of electronic reserves
  • 10,594 reference questions were asked
  • 7,997 items were loaned to other libraries
  • 12,386 items were borrowed from other libraries
  • 242 instruction sessions were held, reaching 4,570 students
  • 220 appointments were made with librarians for in-depth reference assistance


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 970,000 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 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 150 computers are available in the library.