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) - 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, 2021 - June 30, 2022

  • 526,073 people in and out of the building during the year
  • September was the busiest month, with 85,284 people in and out of the building during the month
  • We hit peak occupancy during fall finals week on Dec. 13, 2022 at 1 pm with 764 people using the building
  • 20,572 items were checked out – 10,083 of these loans were tech checkouts
  • Our most popular tech checkout are Dell laptops. 1,475 loans during the year
  • Users placed 2,579 holds on library materials
  • We logged 23,749 interactions with users at the library service desk
  • Librarians engaged with 1,154 users via our electronic reference service (chat, email, and SMS)
  • 327 appointments were made with librarians and other staff for in-depth research or technology assistance
  • 124 instruction sessions were held
  • 19 workshops were delivered
  • Electronic library guides were viewed 131,590 times


Library Serves the University and Beyond

  • The MSU 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.