MSU Library’s Open House Virtual Activities
Explore Virtual Resources, Enter Your Name in the Door Prize Drawing

MSU Library’s annual Open House is a celebration of resources and services from the library and its partners. This year, in lieu of an event, please explore this webpage. Here you’ll find website and social media links for the library and partners, a virtual bookshelf, and the library’s new virtual tour.Rufus reading graphic

The virtual bookshelf features titles recommended by event partners and includes links to the library’s catalogue record. Any of these books can be checked out using your CatCard or community borrower card.

You are also invited to check out the library’s first ever virtual tour of our spaces! This tour was created using the augmented reality application Thinglink, and enables you to explore all five floors through 360° views, information markers, and links to Web pages. We love this new library experience so much we’re giving people who visit it a chance to win one of our traditional Open House door prizes because, although the celebration is virtual this year, our door prizes are as real as ever!

Click here to fill out the survey and enter your name in the door prize drawing. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on January 28. Winners will be notified by February 3.

Jump to the following links to explore library resources, discover our partners, and find links to social media pages.

Campus Partners

Community Partners

MSU Library Partners

Browse the Open House Virtual Bookshelf
Featuring titles recommended by event partners, includes links to the library’s catalogue record.
These books can be checked out using your CatCard or community borrower card.

Take a virtual library tour

Explore all five floors of the library through 360° views, information markers, and links to Web pages

Meet Campus Partners

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Academic Technology & Outreach

Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost at MSU. ATO serves and supports faculty, staff, and students across campus in teaching and learning. In addition, ATO builds and maintains MSU's classroom and eLearning ecosystem and supports our land-grant mission through unique and and innovative opportunities for outreach and engagement. ATO does academic technology support around campus as well as offers credit and non-credit courses for the MSU community and the public.

Several ATO areas will be featured at the Open House:
-Continuing Education
-Teaching, Learning & Technology Studio
-ePortfolio Initiatives

Learn more about three ATO programs on Facebook

Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success seeks to support and advantage students through personalized advising, tutoring, and coaching. We aid students in generating and maintaining confidence and motivation to learn and engage.  Our goal is to ensure our Bobcats receive the full benefit of the MSU experience -- both inside and outside of the classroom – during their college years and beyond.

Alumni Foundation: MSU Gallatin Valley Chapter

Established in 2015, the MSU Gallatin Valley Chapter represents Bobcats who live and work in the Bozeman area. Supported by regional volunteers, we bring you social events, academic showcases, and various activities to keep you connected to all things Blue & Gold.

Meet your Gallatin Valley Chapter volunteers: Chad Smith '14, Barry Jeide '99, Brittany McNamee '07, Cassidy Seymour '03, Connie Limesand '85, Elle Limesand '18, Errol Rice '01, Haylee Folkvord '16, Rainey Peuse '97 and Tom Schmitt '82.

Center for Faculty Excellence The 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.  
Department of Native American Studies/ American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services The Department of Native American Studies was established to provide and advance quality education for and about American Indians of Montana, the region, and the nation. In fulfilling this mission, the department is committed to meeting the changing needs of Montana's Indian tribes and all Montana citizens through excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) The Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, or DISC, is the student facing department for diversity, equity and inclusion topics and concerns. The DISC is an educative space; a place to ask questions and make mistakes. We are intentional and inclusive in our programming and event collaboration.
Gallatin College MSU

PhotoGallatin College MSU is Southwest Montana’s two-year college, offering associates degrees, professional certificates, transfer education and early college. The college ensures personalized and affordable access to quality education that prepares students for careers in thriving Montana industries, including building, technology, health care and more. With hands-on training and small class sizes, students learn in-demand skills from faculty who are passionate about helping them achieve success.

Graduate School

Graduate students are the very best students at MSU. 

They are the next generation of leaders and are developing advanced skills and knowledge to create solutions to our society's most pressing challenges. Our students are central to the Land Grant mission and are deeply engaged in teaching, scholarship, and outreach. They are critical to the vitality of the communities that they live and work in. 

The Graduate School assists graduate students so they succeed while at MSU.

Ivan Doig Center

The mission of the Ivan Doig Center is to foster the integrated study of the North American West. With its emphasis on developing connections throughout the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Center helps position MSU as an important site for creative scholarship across interdisciplinary fields that are dedicated to advancing knowledge about the lands and peoples of the North American West.

Doig on car

Montana INBRE

Montana INBRE is a collaborative network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools, and tribal and community colleges that invests in Montana's biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline.  The program offers undergraduate research opportunities for students across the network.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Born from aspirations to bring the timeless tales of William Shakespeare directly to rural and under-served communities, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been enriching the lives of people in Montana, and beyond, for 50 years. In addition to their FREE summer and winter tours, MSIP also provides robust educational programs through their Shakespeare in the Schools program, and Montana Shakes! interactive plays and workshops. 

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MSU Office of the Provost

MSU Office of the Provost in home to MSU's chief academic officer and works closely with the university president, the deans, and other campus leaders to ensure that MSU provides students a top-notch, world class education to meet their career goals and learning aspirations. The office manages academic programs, procedures, and policies for academic life at MSU including faculty development and shared governance, academic program and curriculum establishment, course scheduling and enrollment management, accreditation, and assessment.

Office of Disability Services

Office of Disability Services processes student accommodations requests through Intake Forms, Documentation of diagnosis, and scheduled meetings with an Accessibility Specialist. ODS currently has approximately 1,100 registered students with approved accommodations. We serve students with physical, health, psychological, and learning disabilities.

Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement provides and facilitates student engagement opportunities for MSU students through a variety of programs, events, services, and activities. We are the hub for students interested in connecting with their fellow Bobcats through student government, student organizations, programs and events, and engaging in service to the community. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

As part of Montana’s land grant university, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at MSU (formerly Wonderlust) provides intellectually stimulating and enjoyable programs that foster lifelong learning and community engagement for individuals 50 and greater. There are no tests. No grades. No papers. OLLI at MSU offers non-credit learning opportunities for the pure joy of learning. OLLI at MSU is a program of MSU Academic Technology and Outreach.

OLLI at MSU is a membership organization whose programs are created by and for OLLI members. Our instructors include local and visiting professionals, university professors and staff and university retirees. Our ‘teaching staff’ enjoy instructing our engaged, curious and enthusiastic members. OLLI at MSU also offers a monthly Friday Forum and community presentations free and open to the public.

OLLI at MSU is guided by a volunteer Advisory Council, composed of members from throughout the greater Gallatin Valley community.


Science Math Resource Center

The Science Math Resource Center is a STEM outreach center in the Department of Education (College of EHHD). We offer professional development and resources for educators; STEM outreach programs for youth; and advocacy for high-quality STEM education in Montana. Our goal is to build bridges between Montana State University and K-12 / non-formal education. We are home to the Science Olympiad, Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and the NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network among other programs. Photo of kids doing science

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.

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. 

Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP) is one of the largest multidisciplinary undergraduate research programs at MSU. We are here to help undergraduate students in all disciplines pursue research, scholarship, and creative projects.

Writing Center

At the Writing Center, our goal is to create a dynamic, collaborative environment that maintains a vibrant community of writers across the MSU Campuses. Writing Center tutors meet with individually or in groups with students across all disciplines and of all abilities and backgrounds at any stage of the writing process. Our Writing Center staff are also available to talk with faculty about building partnerships to support their teaching of writing. 

Students writing photo


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Meet Community Partners

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Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Montana is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to creating the political will for a livable world. We educate and empower citizens to use the tools of democracy to advocate for federal climate solutions that can lower greenhouse gas emissions enough to reach our U.S. goals. We have 5 chapters and members around the state. We give people hope!

KGVM - Gallatin Valley Community Radio

We are a local non-profit community radio station operating in Bozeman. We offer a diverse range of programming, focusing on local news, events, music, and arts.

Meet Library Partners

Library Area Description
Acoustic Atlas

Every ecosystem has its voice.

The Acoustic Atlas collects the sounds of Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, along with habitats and species from throughout the Western United States. Browse by species, explore a soundscape in our ambient recordings, or learn about the significance of sound through our featured interviews.

Find Acoustic Atlas on Twitter: @AcousticAtlas

Archives & Special Collections

​We are builders, guides, story tellers, and stewards who promote exploration and time travel into the past and the future.

We serve all researchers and learners and facilitate empathy, cultural connection, and respectful understanding of diverse experiences.

We curate rare and unique digital and physical collections that represent the cultural and scientific heritage of Montana and the region.

Bobcat Browse

Photo of Bobcat BrowseDid you know that there are shelves of books at MSU Library that students, faculty, and staff curate? The Bobcat Browse popular reading collection celebrates reading by featuring the books that you couldn’t put down.

Bobcat Browse is located on the first floor of the Library, just past Brewed Awakening.    


Collection Development

With MSU Library, you can access millions of books, articles, media, and databases, in-person or online. We’re here to help you discover and access the information resources you need throughout your academic career.

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. 

Friends Logo

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship Committee

MSU Library values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. To quote the MSU Library values statement: 

“We seek out diverse perspectives, as they challenge us, help us learn, and broaden our worldview. We work to build spaces and services that are equitable and inclusive to everyone in our community. We value collegiality and build a culture of care within the Library.”

IDEA implements and maintains initiatives that support awareness and action around inclusion, diversity, equity, and allyship.

Learning & Research Services

MSU Library provides a wide range of research and instruction services for users. Work with information literacy expert (a librarian!) to design curriculum, assignments, and assessments as well as receive in-depth research assistance.

Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services

TRAILS (Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services) is the statewide consortium of Montana’s academic libraries formed to include public, private, tribal, community, and university institutions. TRAILS provides greater access to high-quality information resources and a more seamless learner experience no matter where you are located in MT. We also work to mitigate the escalating costs of academic library and course materials through the promotion of OER and a course labeling system.

FInd them at @trails4mtuniversities (Facebook) and on LinkedIn.


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