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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 (sometimes required) and help a lot with planning. To find out full details and to register, please visit the Library Workshops calendar.

New this fall 2022!  Join MSU Library for the Microlearning Series. Library faculty and staff will present brief workshops featuring skills and topics to help navigate the semester. Unless noted, all workshops will take place on the second floor of the library -  just look for the iRover station. Click here for a full list of topics, dates, and times plus information on how to register. Be sure to check back regularly as workshops will be added throughout the semester.

Friends of MSU Library Book Group Announces Its 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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.


books unite us logoBanned Books Week is September 18-24, 2022
Celebrate the Freedom to Read
Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us

We'll be handing out free banned and challenged books in front of the library from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. on September 20. Librarians will be on hand to answer your questions, and we'll be asking students to participate in the Dear Banned Author campaign.

Click here for a full event announcement .

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.

Visit bannedbooksweek.org to find out more.

Jim Fishing2022 Trout Lecture with Jim Goetz
Thursday, September 22, 2022, 7 p.m.
Romney Hall , Cruzado Auditorium (Room 306)

Bozeman attorney Jim Goetz will present "The waters belong to everyone: the Montana stream access cases" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022, in Cruzado Auditorium (306 Romney Hall) on the MSU campus. The event is part of the MSU LibraryTrout Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. The evening includes a post-event reception. 

Goetz is a Bozeman attorney who was instrumental in passing Montana’s Stream Access Law, which protects public recreational use of Montana’s rivers and streams. His talk will provide an historical overview of navigability issues in Montana and outline the development of the seminal stream access cases on the Dearborn and Beaverhead Rivers. He will also share boyhood tales of fishing on the Madison and in the Tobacco Root mountains. 

Goetz grew up in Ennis. He graduated from MSU with a B.A. in history in 1965 and from Yale Law School in 1968. He founded his Bozeman law firm in 1972. The firm is consistently rated as a “highly recommended” law firm in Benchmark Litigation. In addition, Goetz has represented organizations working to preserve and maintain access on the Jocko, Kootenai and Yellowstone rivers. 

Goetz is the recipient of the Resources Defense Award by the National Wildlife Federation, the Conservationist of the Year award by the Montana Environmental Information Center, and the Legends of the Headwaters award by the Madison-Gallatin chapter of Trout Unlimited. Additionally, he is one of the founding members of the Bozeman and Montana chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and recently was a recipient of Montana’s Jeanette Rankin Civil Liberties Award. 

Through the annual Trout Lecture, the library strives to speak to all aspects of trout and salmonids and to represent the diversity of angling culture. Thanks to contributions from generous donors, this event is free and open to the public.  

Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Guests can register online by clicking here, or by calling (406) 994-6857.  


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


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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. 


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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