The MSU Library is open to the public. View Fall semester hours.

In preparation for the 2020 fall semester, the library has conducted a space analysis and developed a recommendation for the maximum number of people to be allowed in various zones in the building at any given time, in accordance with state and local directives. The building has been determined to have a 650 person capacity in its public areas (a 45% reduction).

Operating practices are modified to the following:

  • Staff and the public are required to wear cloth face masks or face coverings when in the library building. Please wear a mask at all times, including when you are studying alone.
  • All existing computers will be available for library users with many of them relocated within the building to enable appropriate distancing. 
  • Sanitize select high-use areas multiple times per day.
  • Communicate healthy practices to be modeled by library patrons and staff in the building through messaging that will include posters, signs, table tents and spoken communication directly with people in the building.
  • Provide users with cleaning and sanitizing products, within the limit of available supplies, should they wish to clean areas themselves prior to or after use.
  • Select technical equipment will be unavailable for checkouts, including headphones and virtual reality equipment.
  • Avoid high-risk, high-volume programs and events.
  • Arrange furniture in open public areas to enable social distancing.
  • Open classrooms according to MSU guidelines for appropriate classroom capacities.
  • Printing services will be available.


The Library will continue to support the information needs of our students, faculty, and staff in an online environment by focusing on the following:


  • Ask the Library:
    • Offers an online chat feature and other ways to contact the library.
  • Ask the Library email contact form:
  • Text Us! @ 406-962-0756
  • Request book and audio-visual materials loans - The MSU Library will retrieve and deliver physical materials from the circulating collection to MSU affiliated users. To request a loan, after logging into CatSearch, select “Place Hold” in an item’s record. You will have the option to pick the item at the Library or we can mail it to you. 
  • Interlibrary loans (ILL) The library is providing interlibrary loans of physical items and electronic interlibrary loan of digital items including those requiring scanning.
  • Return Physical Items, Due Dates, and Fines -

The book drop at the front doors of the library building will remain in place. We will be accepting returns of physical items there or in the book return bin located in the lobby. Returned items will be quarantined.

You may also mail your items back to the library:

U.S. Mail: Montana State University Library, P.O. box 173320, Bozeman, MT 59717-3320.

UPS or FedEx: Montana State University Library, 144 Renne Library, Centennial Mall, Bozeman, MT 59717-3320.

Fines or fees accrued on any MSU owned items due to COVID-19 related circumstances may be waived.

  • DUE DATE CHANGES - The due date for many library items checked out by undergraduate and graduate students before the suspension of in-person classes in the spring  was changed from Friday, May 8 to Monday, August 31 at noon. Items may be returned to the book drops located in the lobby or at the front doors. Due dates for technology checkouts were not be changed.


During this time of uncertainty we remain committed to helping faculty, staff, and students access and apply information. Below are links to library resources to help users with off-site access. 

  • NEW!  Library Research and Instruction Guide, containing timely information to assist with faculty and student access to library resources during the transition to online learning


Please contact us for more information. 

Updated 9/1/20