In response to student feedback, the MSU Library expanded its available space for student study areas, seating, technology, and group study rooms during the spring and summer of 2019. This was the first phase of ongoing library upgrades.

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The Renne Library building was constructed in 1949 and expanded in 1961, when enrollment at Montana State University was just over 4,300 students. While the footprint of the building has not changed in almost 60 years, current enrollment has grown to nearly 17,000 and our students consistently report they cannot find space to study quietly or work collaboratively.

The Library Spaces Project (LSP) will allow the library to expand capacity within the building’s existing footprint. The project follows a master plan completed in 2016 with the help of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction, as well as architecture, design process, and engineering firms. During the 18-month process input was solicited from students, faculty, and staff. The result is a carefully-considered master plan that will renovate and modernize the library in phases over many years.

Phase One of the Library Spaces Project took place in spring and summer 2019. Highlights include:

  • Moved low-circulating bound journals and government documents to the Library Annex
  • Increased seating
  • Provided more individual and group study areas
  • Remodeled the second and fourth floors

Review the Phase One project timeline.

Review Phase One summary. Includes information on collection locations.

Find answers to frequently asked questions.


For additional information contact:

Montana State University Library