Total Budget

Materials $5,961,848
Digital Library Initiatives  $199,419
Personnel & Operations
Total $10,013,487


Collection Totals

Book and E-book volumes owned or leased: 2,189,449                    
     -404,246 are cataloged print books.                    
     -1,785,203 are cataloged e-books.                    
     -In FY 2023, 151 print books were purchased, 565,378 ebooks were purchased, leased, or made available for possible purchase through demand-driven acquisitions)                    
Print and Electronic Serial subscriptions: 178,090 & Databases: 134,596                  
Average cost of processing an item: $30.00.                  



Librarians (faculty) - 22 employees

Classified - 30 employees

Student assistants - Approximately 22 students (varies)



Renne Library – 112,000 sq. ft. - 1,100 seating capacity


Library Use Facts - July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

  • 524,248 people in and out of the building during the year
  • September was the busiest month, with 83,162 people in and out of the building during the month
  • We hit peak occupancy during fall finals week on Dec. 7, 2023 at noon with 775 people using the building
  • 20,461 items were checked out – 10,221 of these loans were tech checkouts
  • Our most popular tech checkout are Dell laptops. 1,408 loans during the year
  • Users placed 2,942 holds on library materials
  • We logged 23,560 interactions with users at the library service desk
  • Librarians engaged with 1,009 users via our electronic reference service (chat, email, and SMS)
  • 291 appointments were made with librarians and other staff for in-depth research or technology assistance
  • 96 instruction sessions were held
  • 32 workshops were delivered
  • Electronic library guides were viewed 122,197 times


Library Serves the University and Beyond

  • More learning goes on in the library than in any single classroom on campus; the library is, in effect, the largest classroom or laboratory at any university.
  • The library serves the entire state as well as campus; any Montana citizen can check out books or use reference services in-person or online; it is a major interlibrary loan lender to Montana Libraries.


Library Provides Technology

  • Anyone who has Internet access can search our catalog; our catalog provides user-friendly, online access around the clock.
  • Wireless access and plug-in ports are available throughout Renne Library; more than 150 computers are available in the library.