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.

Exploring Ivan Doig: Discussing the Final Four
June through September
Country Bookshelf, 28 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman

Ivan Doig fans and reading enthusiasts are invited to join the Montana State University Library and Country Bookshelf for “Exploring Ivan Doig: Discussing the Final Four.” Click here to find the schedule and complete information. 


event photo, Banned Books TriviaBanned Books Trivia
Date: September 23, 2019 
Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., trivia begins at 6:15 p.m.
Location: Spectators Bar & Grill

Last year's event was so much fun we're doing it again! This event is part of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

This year MSU Library Partners with ACLU Montana, Bozeman Public Library, and the Country Bookshelf to host Banned Book Trivia. Mary Ann Hansen of MSU Library will MC the event, and Chrysti the Wordsmith and Bozeman High School English teacher Heidi Robison will co-host. Individuals and teams of up to four people may compete and prizes will be awarded. All participants are encouraged to come up with a team name and costumes – there will be a prize for best spirit.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For additional information, call 406-994-6857 or visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426022084651898/.

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Doig inviteFriends of MSU Library Fall Fundraising Event
October 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
Inspiration Hall in Norm Asjbornson Hall

Join Friends of Montana State University Library for a multi-media event exploring Ivan Doig’s life and legacy.Delve into the Ivan Doig Archive to explore the author’s multiple myeloma diagnosis and its impact on his final four novels. What drove his motivation and creativity? How did he maintain stamina and optimism?

MSU History Professor and Ivan Doig Center co-director Bob Rydell will lead a poignant conversation with:

  • Carol Doig – Ivan’s wife and former professor of journalism
  • David Laskin – Writer and close friend of Ivan Doig
  • Robert Patrick - Physician, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Brett Walker – MSU Regents Professor in history, Guggenheim Fellow, and author
  • Todd Wilkinson – Journalist, writer and Mountain Journal founder

Reception to follow. A small silent auction will feature items donated by Mountain Journal and MSU Library including a signed Ivan Doig book and a Steve Fuller print.

Proceeds support MSU Library. Click here to register.

For information, please contact Ann Vinciguerra, (406) 994-6857 or ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu

Crossroads of Discovery
October 26, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Library, Second Floor with additional locations on campus

Crossroads of Discover is part of Montana State University's Year of Undergraduate Research. This event introduces members of the community to the exciting undergraduate research, scholarly work and creative activity taking place at MSU. The event is a festival atmosphere with attendees visiting exhibit tables at their own pace.  

Save Thursday, January 9, 2020 for MSU Library's Open House!

The event takes place in conjunction with the Provost’s Spring Convocation activities.This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland! Further details to be announced this fall.


Creating Spaces graphicLibrary Spaces Project - MSU Library to Create More Space for Students and Faculty

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. 

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. 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.

Complete information on the project, including a timeline and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Staff News 

Library Dean Kenning Arlitsch and Outreach and Humanitites Librarian Jan Zauha spoke about the Montana writer Ivan Doig Archive on C-SPAN's "Cities Tour" program. The program features the history and literary life in towns across America, and Bozeman was in August 2019. To catch the clip on the Doig Archive click here.

Research Services Librarian Mary Anne Hansen published a co-authored article in the International Journal on Innovations in Online Education about the Tribal College Librarians Institute. The article provides an overview and history of TCLI, which has been running at MSU for nearly 30 years, and examines plans to utilize online learning technologies to extend the reach and impact of this unique professional development program.

Data Services Librarian Sara Mannheimer recently completed a research project about data management planning on campus. She conducted a content analysis of data management plans from grant proposals at MSU, and then conducted follow-up interviews with PIs from awarded grants. Results of the research were used to revamp the library's data services resources, including a revised data management planning toolkit for PIs. http://www.lib.montana.edu/services/data/. Sara shared the results of her research in an article published in Journal of eScience Librarianship.  

  • Mannheimer, Sara. (2018). “Toward a better data management plan: the impact of DMPs on grant funded research practices.” Journal of eScience Librarianship, 7(3), e1155. https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2018.1155

Library Journal  named User Experience and Assessment Librarian Scott Young one of 54 “Movers and Shakers” recognizing him for his work in developing the Indigenous Participatory Design Toolkit.

Friends of MSU Library Book Group Announces 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 reading list.


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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