New Happenings with the DVD/video Collection

Good news! The Libraries have lengthened the checkout time for DVDs and videos from 3 days to 7 days. Double the time, double your viewing pleasure.

We will also be making some changes to the DVD collection. Currently, the DVDs are housed in the basement with the physical DVD locked in the case. We will be taking the items out of the cases and housing them behind the Circulation Desk. As this will be an ongoing project, items that have been moved to the Circ Desk will have labels on them reading “Disk at Circ desk, please take DVD case up to Circ desk to checkout DVD.” Videotapes will remain in their cases in the basement. See the Q&A section below for additional information.

Why is the Library making these changes?

Due to some thefts that the Library experienced last spring, a decision was made to move the DVDs to the Circulation Desk. We hope this will provide you with better access because you can’t check out a DVD if it has been stolen. However, we realize the importance of browsing a DVD/video collection so the cases will be left in the basement for you to peruse.

Will I have to do anything different to check out a DVD?

The practice of checking out a DVD will remain the same for you. You will still either search the catalog or browse the collection in the basement. When you find a DVD you would like to check out, bring the case to the circulation desk (as you normally would). The circulation folks will get the DVD from the cabinet, place it in the DVD case and check it to you.

Will I have to wait longer to get the materials checked out?

The checkout exchange should not take any longer. Currently, when you bring a DVD to desk, a staff member needs to unlock the cases. This practice will be eliminated. In lieu of unlocking the cases, staff will retrieve the DVD from the cabinet.

Printing and Network outage

Systems sent a notification on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 stating:

“There will be no ITC Network or servers running Saturday 2/23 from 8am-12pm. ITC will be shutting everything down to work on the AC system. Printing and network traffic will be unavailable during that time.”

Please plan accordingly and we apologize for the inconvenience.

MSU Libraries search plugins for your web browser

Take the library with you as you browse the web. Montana State University Libraries has created a set of search plugins that allow you to search library materials from within your favorite web browser.

Have a look at our list of search plugins.

Among your search options:

  • Library Catalog
  • Library Videos
  • Journalist
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Collection 10 – James Willard Schultz Collection

If you see one you like, click on the “install” link and you’ll be able to search the library from the top left corner of your web browser. (Hint: It’s the search form that usually defaults to Google).

If you have questions or need some technical advice about the search plugins, contact us.

Message from the Dean

The Libraries will begin a phased reopening on Thursday (1/31/08). We sincerely appreciate the concern expressed by so many students and faculty over the last two days.


  • Circulation Desk and Reference Desk will be up and running.
  • Computers on the second floor will be available.
  • Third floor study area around the fountain will be open
  • Fourth floor will be open


  • Third floor dormer and group room area will remain closed
  • Special Collections is closed
  • Most of the raised part of first floor (including the still wet computer area) will be roped off
  • Parts of second floor with damp or rippled carpet will be roped off

We hope to have move computers available by Thursday afternoon. Open/Closed areas may shift as workmen move through the building.

We also recognize the hard work and quick response of over 70 committed people from the libraries, facilities services, custodial services, and so many more who responded to this emergency. We apologize for the obvious inconvenience of a closed library and are delighted to welcome students back into the building.

–Tamara Miller, Dean of Libraries

Library Flood

A frozen pipe in the second floor study alcove (west side of building) burst January 29, 2008 at around 7 am.

  • Books on second floor are mostly unaffected
  • Special Collections remains dry
  • First floor stacks and reference collection are wet
  • Some Deweys and oversize books are also wet
  • CR1, reference offices, circulation, the basement, and the lobby all took on water

Special Collections & Study Rooms Closure

On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, a sprinkler system pipe burst due to the cold weather. Flooding from this broken pipe damaged a section of Special Collections, third floor study rooms, offices on the second floor, and some other parts of the Renne Library. Special Collections and the third floor study rooms will be closed until further notice. For information regarding Special Collections, please contact reference at 994-3171, for information about the study rooms, contact Circulation at 994-3139.