August 26, 2019
Final  Summer Update

The library wishes to thank its users for their patience over the summer. MSU Library has completed moving part of the collection and creating new study space in MSU Library.

The library now offers increased diversified seating. Collections have been moved from the second floor where users may now find more individual and collaborative study areas.

Below is the breakdown of library collections and their locations within the library. For further details, please visit the library's Floor and Location Guide found here:


  • Books A-L
  • Periodicals:

AP’s - General Interest Magazines

ML to MT - Music

N – Visual Arts

NB to NZ – Art

PN – Drama & Film

TR – Photography

TT – Arts & Crafts

First Floor

  • No Change

    • Bobcat Browse
    • Reference
    • Audio visual materials

Second Floor

  • No collections
  • This floor is entirely study space with increased seating and power availability for groups and individual study.

 Third Floor

  • Books M-Z
  • Quiet study areas

Fourth Floor

  • Quiet Study Areas
  • Juvenile collection
  • Oversize collection
  • Government document oversize collection
  • Newspapers

Library Annex

These items are listed in CatSearch with the prefix location of “Library Annex”.  Users may request a hold online or by visiting the library service desk. Materials will be retrieved and made available for pick up at the service desk. 

  • Government documents
  • Periodicals (Except those in Renne Library basement)

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

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

Library Spaces graphic image

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