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Paws to De-Stress

Paw logoEach semester, MSU Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) to present Paws to De-Stress. The event features ITA volunteers and their pets and offers students a chance to relax and relieve stress by visiting with the animals.

You can find ITA in the MSU Library during the following times:

  • Thursday, November 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Monday, December 4, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 4 – 6 p.m.

The event takes place in the southwest corner of the first floor of MSU Library. Just follow the paw prints.

Virginia City Players Oral History Project: Documenting 75 Years of Reinventing a Mining Boom Town 
Thursday, December 7, 2023, 2 p.m. MST 

The Virginia City Players (VCP) are turning 75! Join Whitman College professor Daniel Schindler for perspectives on the longest running summer theater west of the Mississippi. This summer, Schindler began a project to conduct oral histories with the VCP’s early performers and originators. His work so far, developed in partnership with the MSU Library, will be made available later this year thanks to sponsorship support from Humanities Montana. 

Registration is open now and closes December 6 at 5 PM. The event is free. To register, go to https://calendar.lib.montana.edu/event/11612611.

After you register, you will receive an email with a link to the event and the password. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For additional information, please contact Archives and Special Collections at https://www.lib.montana.edu/archives/contact-form/ or406-994-4242. 

Open House logoMSU Library's Open House
January 16, 2024, 3-6 p.m.
Second & Third Floor, MSU LIbrary

There are many curiosities on the MSU campus, and MSU Library wants to be sure you have the tools to unearth these mysteries. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and community members are invited to the library’s annual Open House from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Attendees will enjoy food and beverages, listen to music, and explore the services offered by MSU Library and its Open House event partners. Fantastic door prizes will be offered, and there will be a cash bar. 

This year, the Open House will broadly celebrate mysteries from around the world. Décor, activities, and food will bring this theme alive, and Open House partners will creatively celebrate the “mysteries” their services and resources help solve.


Contact MSU Library Events and Communications Manager, Ann Vinciguerra
(406-994-6857; ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu), to find out more about upcoming events


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 (sometimes required) 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 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 reading list

Annual Events

Click here to find out about library events taking place each year.


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. 


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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