Helpful information and tips & tricks for locating and accessing our materials

Borrowing Physical Materials from MSU Library

MSU students and employees automatically receive library borrowing privileges. Your MSU ID (CatCard) is your library card. Bozeman and other Montana residents may apply for a community library card to received borrowing privileges. Anyone is welcome to use library materials in the building. Please visit this page for further borrowing detailed policies

Authorized Users (Online Resources)

In accordance with our licensing agreements for online resources, only Montana State University faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates as determined by the Provost's office are eligible for some library services.Community and non-MSU affiliates will not be able to access our electronic resources from off campus locations, but anyone can access the majority of our electronic resources by using a computer in the Library.  

Off Campus Access to Online Resources

Current MSU Bozeman students, staff, and faculty using the library's resources off-campus, will use their NetID credentials when prompted to log in to the Library. This allows access to our journals, articles, and research databases as long as you connect via the library links.

Troubleshooting Online Access Issues 

Occasionally you may experience issues when trying to access the Library's online resources remotely. If you are experiencing access issues, please review our troubleshooting tips for resolving common issues.  

Streaming Media 

MSU Library supports the streaming media needs of the university and recognizes the need for equitable distribution of streaming access. However, the high cost of streaming videos (anywhere from $150-$500 per license per year), combined with budget constraints, necessitates limits on what the library is able to provide access to. 

eBooks and eAudiobooks

MSU Library subscribes to hundreds of thousands of electronic books and audiobooks on a variety of platforms. Our eBooks and eAudiobooks page incudes information about searching for, accessing, and requesting electronic books through MSU Library and free content resources. We connect you with platform specific help resources, software, and apps to help you get the monographic content you need.

Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Electronic Resources

Montana State University Library subscribes to thousands of electronic journals, books, and other databases for use by authorized users (current faculty, students, and staff, and in most cases on-site visitors). The terms and conditions for using these resources are set out in electronic resource license agreements with each resource provider. It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure their use of electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements. Licenses vary from publisher to publisher; however, the general principles are listed below. Breaches of the University's contractual arrangements with publishers could result in the suspension of access to the resources for the entire Montana State University community.