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.


Open House GraphicMSU Library  Virtual Open House
Resource Link and Virtual Bookshelf Goes Live on February 8, 2021

At the dark and cold and snowy start of the spring semester, the library opens its doors to the campus community to celebrate a new semester and our shared fellowship as educators. Over the years, our literary fantasies have taken us around the world, into the labs of scientists, and down the rabbit hole.

This year we’re working to keep the Open House spirit alive in a different way. Our event will again be a celebration of resource and service delights from library and university partners, but this time they’ll be featured on the 2021 Library Open House webpage. There, you’ll safely meander links to partner websites and social media profiles with your choice of edible goodies and a fortifying beverage in hand. You might even be in your slippers!

When you attend our virtual event, you’ll also get to browse the Open House Virtual Bookshelf to find your next good read or to discover a book that may help you through the semester. This virtual shelf will feature books recommended by our partners and will include links to the library’s catalogue record so you can place holds and drop in at your leisure to check out your choices.

While the party will be different this year, we are excited to keep the spirit of celebration and appreciation alive. We hope you’ll join us.

Grab a sparkling beverage, make a toast to this semester, and begin dreaming of the time when we can all get together again!

Noodles announcementFundraiser at Noodles & Company
March 28, 2021, 4-9 p.m.

Help MSU Library uncover the secrets hidden in the Frank Craighead Collection. Frank and his twin brother John designed and completed the first study of Yellowstone National Park’s large grizzly bear population. The Craighead’s pioneering work transformed the way we see and manage grizzly bears both in and outside of the park. 

Bobcats and their friends can help raise funds to digitize the collection which includes original research notes, field data, manuscripts, published reports and books. The digital materials will be available for all with an internet connection – no library card is needed.

Join Friends of MSU Library by stopping at Noodles and Company to pick up a meal for carry-out. Whether you choose a soup and salad, mac and cheese, or Zoodle with cauliflower noodles, all you have to do is drop your receipt into the container at the register and a 30% of your meal price will be donated to the MSU Library. All funds will go to the Craighead digitization efforts.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Click here for more information:

  • Place orders by calling 406-586-2511- mention you’d like to support Friends of MSU Library.
  • Visit In the Special Instructions section mention Friends of MSU Library.
  • Order at the restaurant and tell the cashier that you are supporting Friends of MSU Library.

MAP Brewing Community Pint Night
August 23, 2021, 4-8 p.m.

50 cents from each beer sold will be donated to Friends of MSU Library. Come raise a glass with us and support the Friends. Please drink responsibly.


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. 


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Visit our service updates page to find out about operating procedures during the pandemic.

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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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