Library and Information Resources


Kenning Arlitsch
Library Administration, Renne 124

Research Assistance

The Research Desk is located in the Renne Library Commons
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The Library 

The Library's mission is to facilitate student and faculty success by providing access to information and knowledge.  It supports the University’s commitment to teaching and research through its information resources (most of which are electronic), research assistance to students and faculty, and by providing technology-rich learning and study spaces. 

Students in need of help locating information resources for assignments or research projects may drop by the Research Desk or schedule an appointment with a librarian.  Knowledgeable and friendly faculty librarians and staff provide assistance using the collections, accessing online information resources, and delivering instruction to individuals and groups.  Each discipline on campus has its own subject librarian.

The Renne Library is one of the busiest buildings on campus receiving approximately 30,000 visits in a typical mid-semester week.  It offers a variety of study options for students, including group study rooms that can be reserved, group collaboration areas, and quiet spaces.  Wi-Fi is available throughout and computer workstations are plentiful.  Laptops and other tech hardware are available for check-out.

The Library maintains the University’s open access institutional repository – ScholarWorks – which captures the intellectual work of the Institution.  It offers data management and curation services to researchers, and provides access to local digital collections, including historical papers, MSU theses and dissertations, and photographs.

Special Collections and Archives holds unique primary source and original materials in the areas of Montana agriculture and ranching, Yellowstone National Park and its ecosystem, Montana history, Native Americans, trout and salmonid fish, and author Ivan Doig's archives.

Additionally, the Library is home to the Information Technology Help Center, a satellite location of the Writing Center, and Testing Services.  

The Brewed Awakening coffee shop offers a variety of beverages and snacks for sale. 

Courses Offered

LSCI 121Library Research Skills2
LSCI 290RUndergraduate Research1-6
LSCI 316Bus Info Research Skills3
LSCI 490RUndergraduate Research1-6
LSCI 492Independent Study1-3
LSCI 498Internship1-12

Additionally, Research Librarians and Library staff provide research assistance, deliver many course-specific instruction sessions, and teach workshops on a wide range of topics.