Keeping the Spirit of the Library Open House Alive
Online Resource Sharing & Virtual Bookshelf

Each January in the dark and cold and snow, the library opens its doors to welcome the campus community in celebration of Spring Convocation, the start of a new semester, and our shared fellowship as educators. Together our literary fantasies have taken us around the world, into the labs of scientists, and down the rabbit hole.

While the party will be different this year, we are excited to keep the spirit of the Open House alive. Below you’ll find information on library and partner resources. Here you can safely meander through websites and social media profiles with your own choice of edible goodies and a fortifying beverage in hand. You might even be in your slippers!

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You can also browse our Open House Virtual Bookshelf to find your next good read and discover a book that may help you through the semester. This virtual shelf features books recommended by event partners and includes links to the library’s catalogue record.

In the spirit of the Open House, we ask that you grab a sparkling beverage, toast to this semester, and begin dreaming of the time when we can all get together again.

open house graphicJump to the following links to explore library resources, discover our partners, and find links to partner social media pages.


Information Access & Scholarly Resources

Teaching & Learning Services

Research & Publication Services

Technology Services

Enrichment Resources

Book and online iconInformation Access & Scholarly Resources - The library offers extensive digital and physical collections

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Search our physical holdings to find books, movies, maps, and music.

Find Articles & Research Databases

Search for peer-reviewed articles, popular articles, and other resources by subject and formatFind icon


Search for journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Request Materials Request materials from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or request scans of articles or chapters owned by the MSU Library.
Archives & Special Collections Collage of archive photosArchives and Special Collections at Montana State University Library is committed to assembling primary and secondary scholarly materials on specific topics supporting MSU curricular and research needs. Materials are collected in all formats.
Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services (TRAILS) The Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services (TRAILS) organization is all about making higher education accessible in Montana. If you are a student/staff/faculty member at a Montana TRAILS logoinstitution, you have likely already used TRAILS services and did not know it! TRAILS' 24 academic libraries work together to bring you excellent digital resources, access to libraries across the state, high quality research tools and more, helping students every day to succeed in their education. 
TRAILS Open Education Resources The Open Education Resource (OER) program is working to change the cost of textbooks for students by supporting faculty to use free or low-cost options. We offer professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in open education. Making a change to using OER improves student success and saves money, helping them to keep meeting their educational goals. Join us by becoming more informed, participating in educational opportunities, outreach events, and learning about OER.
Accessibility of Library Resources The MSU Library is committed to providing equal access to library collections, services, and facilities for all library users. For library collections that are not accessible, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access to users with disabilities. For assistance, submit an accessibility request for library material or contact the library from the provided link.

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Teaching & Learning Services - Library employees present workshops and offer assistance to faculty members 

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Instruction Collaborate with a librarian to provide tailored research instruction for your students. AccessRequest info icon ready made tutorials and modules related to information literacy.

Online instruction Online library instruction is available in a variety of formats. MSU librarians are available to teach live web-based classes, or they can create videos, guides, assignments, and other interactive online materials to meet your needs.
Ask the Library

Photo of librarian with studentGet research help via Chat, Text, Email or schedule an appointment with a librarian.

Library Workshops

Throughout the year, the library holds workshops for students, staff, and faculty. Some recent topics include citation managers, literature reviews, getting started with Excel, and R statistical software. Faculty workshops are also offered to demonstrate how library resources can be integrated in the campus learning management system, Brightspace by D2L.

Virtual workshops are often recorded and made available after the event, so registration is encouraged even if one cannot attend the live session.

Informatics Certificate Informatics is the study of information and its social impacts. In the Informatics certificate program at MSU, students will learn to focus on the human side of information and information technology for the good of people, organizations, and society. Through a flexible sequence of courses, the certificate equips students to analyze the relationships between people, information, and technology to generate creative solutions for complex social issues. If approved, program will start in Fall 2021.

Accessibility and Instruction

The library provides training resources for instructors on how to create accessible instruction materials. The online guide for Accessibility and Instruction compiles campus resources, accessibility guidelines, as well as inclusive design strategies including Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Meet Campus Partners Providing Teaching and Learning Services

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Center for Faculty Excellence PhotoThe Center for Faculty Excellence develops and provides experiences, opportunities, and resources that support the growth of faculty in achieving excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and service. The Center supports all MSU faculty, across all career stages. Guided by faculty interests and goals, and the values of innovation, collaboration, and partnerships, it is a place where people connect to share knowledge and skills that support each other’s growth.  
Gallatin College MSU

PhotoAs Southwest Montana’s comprehensive two-year college, Gallatin College offers associate degrees, professional certificates, and developmental and early college education. Our personalized approach enables students to discover their full potential and advance their career opportunities. High-quality academic instruction, affordability, small class sizes, and professional job support services allow graduates to enhance their skills and contribute to a vibrant local economy.

Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Photo of business buildingThe Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship (Jabs) has a mission of inspiring creativity, innovation, and growth. Our college offers one undergraduate business degree with four options of study as well as five minors. It also offers a master of professional accountancy degree, a master of science in innovation and management, a business certificate and entrepreneurship certificate. Jabs hosts many events and workshops and provides free venture coaching through the MSU LaunchPad. 

MSU Writing Center

The MSU Writing Center’s mission is to create a collaborative environment that fosters a dynamic community of writing across the MSU campuses. Our foundation is our Writing Center peer tutor program. Tutors meet individually or in groups with student writers of all abilities and backgrounds at any stage in their writing processes – from invention to revision. Our Writing Center staff are available to talk with faculty about building course partnerships to support their teaching of writing. 

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Office of Disability Services

The purpose of the Office of Disability Services is to provide equal access to all college programs, services, activities and facilities for students with disabilities. This mainly includes providing academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also involves encouraging self-advocacy and connecting students with other campus resources to help them achieve their personal best. Students work with their Accessibility Specialist to create appropriate accommodations.

Office of International Programs

Please join the Office of International Programs as we enable students, faculty, staff and communities to explore the international dimensions of learning, discovery, andPhoto of international students engagement. Opportunities abound to explore international experiences through our office. Our committed staff work towards internationalization of our great university, and with your involvement, we will host more foreign students, educators and alumni on our campus. Please contact our office to find out how you can get involved.

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Research and Publication Services - From getting started on your research paper to publishing and funding your work, MSU Library can help you with every step of the research process

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Research Consultations  Schedule an appointment with a librarian for in depth one-on-one help with your research.
Interlibrary Loan/Request It! Request it iconRequest physical materials and article or chapter scans from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or request scans of articles or book chapters owned by the MSU Library.
Publication The library can help decipher publishing agreements, assess copyright for publications or in the classroom, assist instructors in reducing the cost of textbooks by identifying open educational resources, offer advice about professional networking and personal identifiers [e.g. ORCiD], and help authors increase the impact of an article or publication by increasing access to scholarship and data.
Data Services The library can help you create and implement a data management strategy. When your research data is ready to be published, the Library can facilitate data publishing and promote discovery.
ScholarWorks ScholarWorks is the open-access digital repository for the research and creative work of the university community and is maintained by the MSU Library. It includes MSU's Electronic Theses and Dissertations and MSU faculty publications. Materials posted here are indexed by major search engines and are freely available. MSU researchers are encouraged to deposit their publications into ScholarWorks for increased visibility.
Dryad Dryad LogoUse Dryad to publish your data and get a DOI. Submit data in any file format from any field. Dryad curators review files before they are released, and help you follow best practices. Submit your data to satisfy publisher and funder requirements for preservation and availability. Dryad works with many publishers to streamline the process. Get an informative landing page to facilitate re-use of your data and a citable DOI so you can get credit. Dryad is a nonprofit membership organization that is committed to making data available for research and educational reuse now and into the future.
Read & Publish Agreements  MSU authors can now publish an unlimited number of research articles as open access in Cambridge University Press and the Company of Biologists journals. The MSU Library has agreements with these publishers that cover the entire APC (article processing charge) of MSU authors. These agreements advance open access research at MSU by making the work of MSU-affiliated authors available to a much larger audience because it is not behind an online paywall. 
Copyright & Fair Use; Intellectual Property Consultation Copyright IconAlthough we do not offer legal advice, the library can help you navigate copyright, your rights, and your ability to reuse work.

Meet Campus Partners Working In Research and Publication Services

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SCRS-Statistical Consulting & Research Services 

SCRS (pronounced “scissors”) provides support for researchers that need assistance at any point along the research and analysis pathway, although consulting during the design phase results in the greatest benefit.SCRS can help with how to design your study, enter/store/archive and visualize your data, what models to consider, and how to present and interpret results. SCRS can also help with power or sample size analysis and reproducibility of statistical analysis and documentation. Additionally, SCRS collaborates with the library to teach workshops in data management, analysis, and visualization in the R programming language.

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Technology Services - From old-school to cutting edge, numerous technological resources and services are available 

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Technology in MSU Library

Here are a few ways we can help with technology questions:

Biggest Computer Lab on Campus: Over 100 computers with select Student Lab (Must have NetID password), visitor log-ins for community members.

Printing and Hardware: Self-serve printers, scanners, and microfiche viewer. Specialty printing services for posters and large jobs.

Consultations: One-on-one virtual consultation with a Technology Support Specialist.

Workshops: A variety of monthly library workshops on data management, technologies, and more.

LinkedIn Learning is a library-provided resource with software tutorials.  Click "Articles and Research Databases" on the library homepage, and search for LinkedIn Learning.

Printing & Scanning From public scanners to speciality printing services, the library offers numerous printing and scanning options to users. And don't forget, $7.50 will be added to your CatCard each semester for printing off of theblack and white printers at the library.
Tech Checkouts Tech iconFrom Go-Pros to calculators, rulers to cameras, to phone and computer chargers, our tech checkouts are here to help you with your projects. Tech checkouts have you covered for short-term needs (chargers, markers, even bike locks!), multi-day projects (laptops, iPads, projectors, cameras, microphones, even a typewriter), and longer-term needs (WiFi hotspots).  Special borrowing policies apply – review the tech checkout page or call the Service Desk, 994-3139 for details.
Virtual Discovery Space LStudent using Virtual Discovery Spaceocated on the first floor of the library, the Virtual Discovery Space is MSU's immersive visualization and virtual reality environment. Equipped with four large screens and virtual reality, it is ideal for exploring virtual reality, teaching and learning, viewing hi-resolution images and videos, collaborating with colleagues around the world, and much more.

Meet Campus Partners Providing Technology Services

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University Information Technology

University Information Technology promotes, develops, delivers and facilitates the use of information technology services and resources. Although some might think of us as telling you to turn your computer on and off again, our team is so much more than that. From information security to software administration and campus telephone systems, UIT can assist you with any tech or software problem you may face.

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Enrichment Resources - Explore engaging content to maintain health and vitality

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Bobcat Browse

Photo of Bobcat BrowseBobcat Browse is a popular reading collection on the 1st floor of the Library, just past Brewed Awakening. Here you'll discover the latest good books recommended by fellow students, faculty, and staff. Or you can read current issues of your favorite magazines and local newspapers.   


Friends of MSU Library

Friends of Montana State University Library is dedicated to enriching MSU, the lives of students and our community by strengthening the MSU Library. Founded in 1994, the Friends enrich students’ library experience through contributions that help develop the library’s collections, environment, and programs. These efforts enable quality learning and research for students and faculty,and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Montanans. 

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Friends of MSU Library Book Group

Have you read a good book lately—so good that you really have to talk about it? If you are interested in exploring book conversations in an informal social setting, the Friends of MSU Library Book Group may be perfect for you. Anyone can join—whether you are a Friend, faculty, student, staff, retiree, alum, man, woman, couple, or single—join us! Contribute to the ongoing development of a great book group.

Discovery Extension Tools

Connect to library resources from wherever you start your research process: Install LibKey Nomad or EndNote Click

Campus Partners Providing Enrichment Resources


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute “OLLI” at MSU

Are you a curious learner over 50 years of age? The Osher Lifelong Learning people at OLLI eventInstitute “OLLI” at MSU offers a depth of engaging educational programs for the pure joy of learning. Formerly MSU Wonderlust, OLLI@MSU is online this semester, accessible anywhere, anytime.

ENGAGE your curiosity. ACCESS exceptional programs, lectures, and courses. GATHER with like-minded lifelong learners.  JOIN US! 406-994-6550. A program of Academic Technology and Outreach.

Science Math Resource Center

Photo-Kids doing science projectWe are a STEM outreach center in the Department of Education that offers professional development for K-12 and informal educators as well as STEM programs for youth, including the Science Olympiad. We love to collaborate with researchers, students and other centers and institutes to broaden the impact of MSU programs and resources in support of Montana schools, out-of-school-time programs, and communities. 

Sophomore Surge

Students with mentorsThe Sophomore Surge is a program designed to support freshmen throughout their first year of college in order to Surge them into their sophomore year. The Sophomore Surge is a collaboration between the Office of Academic Affairs and Division of Student Success, putting peer mentors into sections of 15-17 students enrolled in First-Year Seminars (US CORE). Surge Mentors are undergraduate student leaders who are trained, supported, and empowered to shape the futures of the incoming freshman class.

Testing Services

Testing Services provides an array of exams for students and the public. Our certified staff is committed to supporting the goals of all who test with us. We maintain a fully-accessible, 60-seat facility in Renne Library and collaborate with a dozen test vendors and over 100 higher education institutions to meet evolving testing needs in our community. Last year, more than 2,300 unique examinees benefited from our services and did so safely. Testing Services reports to the Office of the Provost. 


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