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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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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.


Book coverMontana Modernists: The Rabbit Holes of Research with Michele Corriel

Friday, December 2, 2022, 4 - 6 p.m.
Second floor of the library near Archives and Special Collections

The library will host author and alumna Michele Corriel for a discussion of her new book “Montana Modernists: Shifting Perceptions of Western Art.” The event is free and will be followed by a reception in the library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Corriel holds a master’s degree in art history and a Ph.D. in American studies from MSU. Her book is based on her doctoral research and draws heavily from the Bob and Gennie DeWeese Papers housed in Archives and Special Collections. Corriel’s book explores Montana’s avant-garde art movement, Montana Modernism, which grew after World War II.

Montana Modernism pioneers Jessie Wilber, Frances Senska, Bob and Gennie DeWeese, Isabelle Johnson, and Bill Stockton created a community where modernist ideas and art flourished.

Corriel’s book examines each artist and how they developed Modernism throughout their lifetimes. Montana did not go through the many stages of Modernism that Paris or New York City did; instead it came on all at once and reached Montanans through a visual language they could understand. Corriel will discuss her book as well as her archival research in in MSU’s collections and the interviews she conducted with many of the artists’ former students.

There will be a book signing after the talk, and copies of Corriel’s book will be available for purchase.

The event is presented in partnership with MSU Library, Friends of MSU Library, the Department of American Studies and the MSU College of Arts and Architecture. For questions, contact outreach librarian Jan Zauha 406-994-6554 or jzauha@montana.edu.

De-Stress Fest - Chair Massages
December 1, 2022, 1-5 p.m.
MSU Library, first floor

We know that finals week can be stressful but the Office of Health Advancement and MSU Library have you covered. They’ll be offering several stress relief activities as part of De-Stress Fest.

From 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, Isaiah Duff, a student at MSU and a licensed massage therapist, is offering a free 15-minute chair massage in the library. This service is for MSU students only. The massage is performed in a specifically designed chair with clothes on.Students can register for one of the spots by visiting this link.bit.ly/destress-chair-massage. You can find out more about Isaiah by visiting his website: https://www.rnrtherapymt.com/.

As of November 29, all of the spots are full. To get your name on the waiting list, text your first and last name to Isaiah at 307-899-4266

Chair massages are one of several activities taking place during De-Stress Fest. Click here to find out more or contact health educator Cristina Chiotti, cristina.chiotti@montana.edu or 406-994-5497.

GraphicDe-Stress Fest - Paws to De-Stress at MSU Library
December 5-7, 2022
MSU Library, first floor

Each semester, MSU Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) to present Paws to De-Stress. The event features ITA volunteers and their pets and offers students a chance to relax and relieve stress by visiting with the animals.

You can find ITA in the MSU Library during the following times:

  • Monday, December 5, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 4 – 6 pm.

The event takes place on the first floor of MSU Library. Just follow the paw prints.

In addition to the Paws to De-stress event, MSU Library has created a virtual stress relief guide which includes information on stress relief activities, self-care tips, and a list of library and campus resources. https://guides.lib.montana.edu/virtual-stress-relief

For more information about Paws to De-Stress, contact Gavin Herzog at MSU Library, gavin.herzon@montana.edu or 406-994-3119. For more information on Intermountain Therapy Animals, please visit their website at www.therapyanimals.org.

MSU Library's Annual Open House - Opening Possibilities

Open House graphic

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 3-6 p.m.
MSU Library, second floor

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and community members are invited to the library’s annual Open House from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

This year, the Open House will broadly celebrate the theme of "Opening Possibilities." More information will be published here as it becomes available.

This event is made possible with support from the Office of the Provost, Friends of MSU Library, and other campus partners. Questions? Call 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.


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. 


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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