In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, MSU Library has moved many events to virtual delivery. Full details on library events are below. Please call 406-994-6857 with questions or for additional information.

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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 by clicking here.

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.


Coffee with Ivan
December 3, December 17, January 14, January 28
Virtual Event: Link will be send upon registration. Click here to register.
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.

coffeeFriends of MSU Library, the MSU Retiree Association, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are partnering to present "Coffee with Ivan." This Snowmester course is expected to fill quickly.

Jan Zauha, humanities and outreach librarian at MSU Library, will lead an exploration of Ivan Doig's life and legacy. This special course will focus on two of Doig's most popular works, This House of Sky and The Bartender's Tale. This course will be equal parts biography and book discussion. Using items from the Ivan Doig Archive housed in MSU Library's Archives and Special Collections, Zauha will share unpublished documents, letters, photos, and sounds to provide attendees with an insider's look at Doig's life and writing process.

Doig, who grew up in White Sulphur Springs and Dupuyer, Montana, was a writer of international acclaim who published 16 volumes of fiction and non-fiction. Although Doig lived in Seattle for many years, the lives of his characters often shared Doig's Big Sky roots. Doig died in 2015 at the age of 75. In his obituary, the New York Times wrote that Doig "created a body of work that helped shape our understanding of rural working-class life in the postwar American West."

Participants are encouraged to read This House of Sky (December) and The Bartender's Tale (January) so they can participate in these online "show and tell" discussions. However, no knowledge of Doig or his works is required.

Frank with bearMSU Giving Day
12 p.m. February 11 to 5 p.m. February 12, 2021

Help the library raise funds to digitize the grizzly bear materials within the Frank Craighead Collections

The library is participating in MSU's second Giving Day. Frank and his twin brother John are renowned for their groundbreaking research on grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. Frank’s papers, part of the library’s Archives and Special Collections, document the work in research records, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs. 

Library employees are in the process of preparing the grizzly bear papers for researcher use and would like to make them easy to use by digitizing them. Over time, the library aims to digitize as many of the papers as possible – 72 boxes total! The grizzly bear materials, which are about half of the collection, will be a great start toward making the papers of these great scientists available to researchers.

In the spirit of bipartisanship, this is the time for Bobcats to support the grizzlies – the Craighead grizzly papers, that is!


We will post a link to our giving page when it becomes available. In the meantime, you can find out more by visiting MSU Alumni Foundation's Giving Day webpage .


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 participatred 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. 


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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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