Total Budget

Materials $5,770,550
Digital Library Initiatives  $195,841
Total  $9,162,426


Collection Totals

Book volumes owned or leased: 883,844.                    
      307,599 are cataloged print books.                    
 In FY 2021, 959 print books were purchased.                
      254,646 are cataloged e-books.                    
 In FY 2020 18,861 new e-books were purchased, leased, or made available for possible purchase through demand-driven acquisitions).
Serial subscriptions (print and electronic): 15,805.                  
Average price for a print book: $37.32.                    
Average cost of processing an item: $30.00.                  



Librarians (faculty) - 21 employees

Admin/Professional - 3 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, 2017 - June 30, 2018

  • 894,704 individuals visited the MSU Library
  • 46,949 items were checked out (not counting renewals) – 25,600 of these loans were tech checkouts, 18,158 of the loans were traditional library materials
  • 4,014 questions were asked at our Research Center. 34,671 questions were asked at our Service Desk.
  • 7,084 items were loaned to other libraries
  • 2,185 items were borrowed from other libraries
  • 262 instruction sessions were held
  • 27 workshops were delivered
  • 127 students were enrolled in courses taught by library faculty
  • 305 appointments were made with librarians and other staff for in-depth research or technology assistance


Library Serves the University and Beyond

  • The Renne Library has about 900,000 visitors annually.
  • 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.