Total Budget

Materials $5,833,658
Operations $450,809
Personnel $2,664,569
Total $8,949,036


Collection Totals

Book volumes owned or leased: 883,844.                    
      536,676 are cataloged print books.                    
                In FY 2016, 1,450 print books were purchased.                
      334,520 are cataloged e-books.                    
                 In FY 2015, 9,963 new e-books were purchased, leased, or made available for possible purchase through demand-driven acquisitions).
      11,000 are uncataloged government documents.                
Serial subscriptions (print and electronic): 18,680.                  
Microforms: 83,525.                      
Video (cassettes and DVDs): 6,173.                    
Audio (compact discs): 2,728.                      
Music scores: 7,028.                        
Average price for a print book: $37.32.                    
Average cost of processing an item: $30.00..                  
Weeded 11 print serials and 41 videos.
Total number # of CatSearch searches:    Basic Searches 115,864; Advanced Searches 17,349; Total 133,213.                  



Librarians (faculty) - 21 employees

Admin/Professional - 3 employees

Classified - 30 employees

Student assistants - Approx. 22 students (varies)



Renne Library – 112,000 sq. ft. - 1,100 seating capacity


Library Use Facts - July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

  • 898,591 people exited MSU Library
  • 8,187 items were picked up/reshelved in the library without being checked out
  • 37,950 items were checked out (not counting renewals)
  • 4,848 reference questions were asked
  • 6,848 items were loaned to other libraries
  • 11,082 items were borrowed from other libraries
  • 306 instruction sessions and workshops were held
  • 43 workshops were delivered
  • 107 students were enrolled in library credited courses
  • 420 appointments were made with librarians for in-depth reference assistance


Library Serves the University and Beyond

  • The Renne Library has about 900,000 visitors annually.
  • More learning goes on in the library than in any single classroom on campus; the library is, in effect, the largest classroom or laboratory at any university.
  • The library serves the entire state as well as campus; any Montana citizen can check out books or use reference services in-person or online; it is a major interlibrary loan lender to Montana Library.


Library Provides Technology

  • Anyone affiliated with the University who has Internet access can search our catalog; our catalog provides user-friendly, online access around the clock.
  • Wireless access and plug-in ports are available throughout Renne Library for properly equipped laptop users; more than 150 computers are available in the library.