August 12 through August 16

Varying noise levels throughout the library. Installation of new furniture has occurred, but furniture rearrangement may continue throughout the week on all floors of the building.

For book renewal and hold requests, please contact the Library Service Desk at 406.994-3139 or stop by the service desk.  We apologize for this temporary inconvenience while we continue work on the Library Spaces Project.


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  • Construction will continue in the Testing Center
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First Floor

  • Workers will use stairs by Brewed Awakening area, patron elevator, and stairs for new furniture arrival
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Second Floor

  • New furniture has been installed and slight rearrangements may be occurring throughout the second floor
  • Many new study spaces available on the second floor
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 Third Floor

  • Oversize collection move from third to fourth floor is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14
  • May hear noise from the second floor as new furniture arrives and is setup
  • Many study spaces now available on the third floor
  • Quiet Study –fountain area and east side of the third floor through glass doors
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Fourth Floor

  • Juvenile and oversize collection moves on fourth floor scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14
  • Furniture relocated as needed for renovation activities
  • Many study spaces available on the fourth floor

 Updates on project progress and details on any impact to patrons will be posted here regularly.

In response to student feedback, the MSU Library will be expanding its available space for student study areas, seating, technology, and group study rooms in the summer of 2019. 

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Constructed in two phases in 1949 and 1961, the Renne Library was built for a student body that was much smaller than it is today. Enrollment in 1961 was 4,320 students compared to current enrollment of almost 17,000 students. The library’s main purpose was to store large collections of books and periodicals, but, today the most heavily used collections are digital.

Technological changes have altered the nature of the library’s collection, ultimately transforming the library into more of a study area and an active collaborative learning environment. There are few places on campus where students can gather to learn together irrespective of their major or college, and MSU Library fills that gap.

After careful analysis that included an 18-month long master planning process, we determined that the that best way to create more student study space in the library was is to move some important but low-circulation items to a storage facility near campus.

Click here to review the project timeline.

Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions.


For additional information contact:

Janice Stokes, Project Manager
Montana State University Library