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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 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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.


Banned Books Trivia - In-Person Event is CANCELED

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Sign in from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.; Trivia starts promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Bar 3 BBQ, 119 East Main Street, Belgrade

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization, event partners ACLU Montana, Belgrade Community Library, Bozeman Public Library, Country Bookshelf, Friends of MSU Library, and MSU Library have canceled the in-person Banned Books Trivia event.

“This difficult decision was made out of a concern for public safety,” said Corey Fifles, event committee chair and outreach librarian at Bozeman Public Library. “This would have been our fourth annual banned books trivia event and the first to be held in Belgrade. While we are disappointed to have to cancel it, it was the right thing to do. We look forward to continuing with this tradition in 2022.”

The trivia event was to be part of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. In lieu of an actual event, the committee offers a number of resources for so you can learn about banned books, intellectual freedom, and your right to read. MSU Library’s Banned Books Week LibGuide is a great place to start. It offers resources, book lists, and more. You can also test your knowledge by participating in two Kahoot trivia challenges.

Banned Books Trivia Challenge #1

Game PIN: 06918367

Banned Books Trivia Challenge#2

Game PIN: 05206889

Event partners wish to thank Bar 3 BBQ and Brewing in Belgrade for their interest in hosting the event, and Chrysti the Wordsmith for her willingness to serve as master of ceremonies. The planning committee looks forward to working with Bar 3 and Chrysti in the future.

For additional information, call 406- 582-2416 or visit: is bozemanlibrary.org/bannedbooksweek.

Book CoverWriting Your Family Story
A Writer’s Workshop with Bill Dedman

Monday, October 4, 2021
9 – 11 a.m.,
Bozeman Public Library, Large Community Room

Get started telling your family's story in a writer’s workshop with Bill Dedman. Mr. Dedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an investigative reporter, and co-author of the bestseller Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.

Workshop participants will explore the process of researching and writing their family history. The workshop will cover motivation techniques, making the most of artifacts and photographs, and finding the right style and voice for your story. Mr. Dedman will use examples from his family's story and the epic Clark family story. He will provide tips for organizing material and share techniques to lessen the fear of writing.

Workshop participants are asked to a photo of a family member or a photo of an object that is important to your family story.

This free workshop is presented by MSU Alumni Foundation and MSU Library. Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Ann Vinciguerra, events and communications manager at MSU Library, ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu, 406-994-6857. Feel free to reach out if there are questions.

Man fishingTrout, Salmon and Angling Around the World: Reading, Collecting, Sharing and Learning About All Things Fishing

November 22 - December 13, 2021
Mondays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Virtual Event

Montana State University is on its way to becoming the world's largest and most comprehensive research center on trout and salmonoids, and MSU Library's Archives and Special Collections is home to a vast collection of print, archival, and digital works on these valuable species. The classroom sessions, led by associate professor and special collections librarian James Thull, will examine angling in literature, art, history and culture; the threats to angling, fisheries and the world's waters; and actions you can take to help preserve fisheries and angling opportunities. If you're not an angler, don't worry. This course will have something for everyone. After all, what's more entertaining than a good fishing story?

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the library's collection during a face-to-face archive tour on December 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Individuals visit time will be decided in class. Click here to find out more and to find to register.

Save June 5-8, 2022 for the Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone Conference

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.

We are now accepting proposals. The call will remain open until December 3, 2021. Click here to find out more.


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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