June 24 through June 30
Noise throughout the library but quiet study spaces available on the third floor


Moderate noise sign


  • Book move activities in compact shelving and basement areas
  • Patrons should use library front door
  • Construction in the Testing Center is on hold for the week of June 24-28
Moderate noise sign

First Floor

  • Book move activities taking place
  • May hear noise from the second floor
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Second Floor

  • Shelving stacks dismantled
  • Access to areas on the second floor may be limited due to start of carpet removal
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 Third Floor

  • Book move activities taking place in the stacks
  • Boxes of books located on North, West and South sides of the third Floor
  • Quiet Study – recommend East side of the third floor through glass doors
  • May hear noise from the second floor
  • May hear noise from the fourth floor in fountain area
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Fourth Floor

  • Book move activities taking place in stacks
  • Shelving stacks dismantled

 Updates on project progress and details on any impact to patrons will be posted here regularly.

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. 

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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. There are few places on campus where students can gather to learn together irrespective of their major or college, and MSU Library fills that gap.

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.

Click here to review the project timeline.

Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions.


For additional information contact:

Janice Stokes, Project Manager
Montana State University Library