MSU Library celebrates Banned Books Week!

Join the MSU Library and the Bozeman Public Library for Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017! Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The American Library Association says Banned Books Week “highlights the value of free and open access to information.”

Bozeman Reads… Banned Books! is a free event in the Bozeman Public Library Large Community Room on Wednesday, September 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The event will feature community members and writers reading passages from banned or challenged literature. Light refreshments will be served. 

You can also check out these Banned Books displays all week in the MSU Library: 

  • In the Commons Area, you can explore a bookshelf containing some of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books – then you can check one out!  
  • Take a mugshot with your favorite banned book at the “Caught Reading a Banned Book” selfie station. Be sure to tag @msulibrary on Twitter and/or Instagram!
  • Watch the digital Banned Books display on the CyberDiscovery. 
  • Examine statistics about banned books & learn from a history exhibit about book burnings in the United States. It’s important to stay informed about your intellectual freedoms! 

Tell us your favorite banned/challenged books, or a banned/challenged book that you plan to read, in the comments!

#MSULib101 – Find Your Library

The very first step to navigating your Library: Find Your Library!

#MSULib101: A Guide to Navigating Your Library is a seven-part series of posters that welcome students into the Library by highlighting key activities  and services in the Library. Stay tuned for more posts throughout the year 🙂

Acoustic Atlas features in Ivan Doig symposium

Hear stories and sounds of weather, water, wildlife, and work in the landscapes of author Ivan Doig. Join Acoustic Atlas team members for their session at Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West, a free symposium at Montana State University on the life and works of the acclaimed Western author.

Session: The Wind from Eden: Soundscapes of Ivan Doig
When: 3:45-5:00pm, Friday, September 15
Where: Innovative Learning Studio, Montana State University Library, Bozeman, MT

Learn how the intersection of the Ivan Doig archive and the Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University Library inspired our effort to capture auditor vignettes of Doig’s landscapes along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front and Shields River Valley as well as parts of Northwestern Washington.  The session will discuss how these recordings contribute to the Acoustic Atlas, the Ivan Doig collection, and MSU Library programs, partnerships, and outreach.


We hope to see you there!

Presented by Acoustic Atlas Program Director Jeff Rice and Program Manager Molly Arrandale.

August 21, 2017: Experience the Eclipse Across America

AllAmerica2015_outlinesDo you have plans for Monday, August 21? In case you’ve been living under a rock, on August 21, all of North America will experience a rare celestial event– a solar eclipse! Check out the Library’s display case for a Solar Eclipse-themed exhibit with photographs from the 1940s solar eclipse in Bozeman and other fascinating eclipse materials. Below, we have compiled a list of viewing opportunities and events happening at the MSU Library.

Viewing Options

Happy Eclipse Viewing! 

Interested in additional information about the eclipse and suggested reading?

Check out the Library Guide, The All-American Eclipse: Total Solar Eclipse 2017.

An Invitation to Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West

You’re invited to join us September 13-16, 2017 for Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West, a free symposium at Montana State University on the work of acclaimed Montana author Ivan Doig!

The symposium will feature:

  • Numerous panels about a variety of topics relating to Ivan and the West
  • Tours of the Ivan Doig Archive in the MSU Library
  • A new film debuted by Carol Doig about Ivan’s life and work
  • Prominent speakers such as Patty Limerick, Carol Doig, Lois Welch (author and wife of James Welch), Nancy Cook, and Rebecca Saletan (Ivan’s long-time editor)
  • A public book discussion of This House of Sky
  • Related art exhibitions
  • A poetry reading
  • An optional field trip to White Sulphur Springs—a chance to visit Doig Country

See the full program schedule here


Everything except the field trip is free, but please register so that we can guarantee seats and refreshments for all.


This event is brought to you by the College of Letters and Science, the Center for Western Lands and Peoples, and the MSU Library.

Please contact with any questions.

Acoustic Atlas at the State Fair

Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.
Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.
Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.

Audio recordings from the Acoustic Atlas will be featured at the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman from July 19 – 23. Soundscapes of rodeo events, livestock and the natural environment will accompany an MSU Library exhibit celebrating the life and work of the late novelist Ivan Doig.

In 2016, the Acoustic Atlas conducted several recording trips tracing locations featured in Doig’s writings as part of the library’s new Ivan Doig archive. Doig was raised in Montana and spent much of his life writing about his experiences. He wrote more than 16 books of fiction and non-fiction.

You can read more about the Doig exhibit in an article published last May in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.