About Montana State University Library

The MSU Library offers research and information resources to the institution's staff, students, and faculty, as well as the members of the community and beyond. Our statistical profile is updated regularly and includes information about our materials budget and other key Library facts. Additionally, our Mission, Vision, and Values and current Strategic Plan are also available online.

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Campus Information

Collection Development Overview

Primary Library Contacts

Contact about:
Preferred Method of Communication:
Rachelle McLain, Collection Development Librarian
Invoicing and billing questions, promotions and deals
Hannah McKelvey, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian
Access, technical questions, license details, trials
Molly Arrandale, Program Manager for Print and eBooks
eBook access, technical questions

Meeting Frequency

We are happy to meet with you virtually no more than one time per academic year. Please email Hannah and/or Rachelle should you wish to set up a meeting along with a suggested meeting agenda. Our preferred virtual meeting places are:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx 

Collection Development Policies & Guidelines

We aim to acquire a variety of resources to enhance both our physical and online collections at MSU Library. If you are curious about how we decide what to add to our collections, please review our collecting policies.

Licensing Requirements & Preferences

There are a key license clauses that must be removed or modified in any license agreements that we negotiate. Please consider adjusting your license agreement to include our preferred language prior to sending it to us.

Technical Information

Authentication and Access Methods:
  • IP Authentication (preferred)
  • EZProxy
  • Shibboleth
Self-Host Streaming Media:
  • Yes (via Panopto)
Library Management & Discovery Systems:
  • Alma
  • Primo
Campus Learning Management System:
  • Brightspace D2L