II. University Facilities and Support Services
The graduate faculty, curriculum, and programs are at the heart of graduate education, and Montana State University Billings offers many other resources which support the graduate programs and enrich students’ educational experiences.
The Library and AudioVisual Services are designed to help students with their information needs. Friendly and helpful staff at the reference desk will assist students in finding books, journal articles, Internet sites, and other resources that they need for class. The MSU Libraries share an online catalog, which provides quick and easy access to materials in the libraries at MSU Billings, MSU-Bozeman, MSU-Northern and the Colleges of Technology at Great Falls and Billings. Many Web-based indexes and databases are accessible from computers in the Library and elsewhere on campus.
The shared catalog, the OMNI MSU Libraries catalog, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from outside the Library on the campus web site. Go to www.msubillings.edu/Library, to find the OMNI MSU catalog system and many other information links. In addition to the MSU Libraries, the shared catalog gives access to the collections of Rocky Mountain College, Dawson Community College, Dull Knife Memorial College and Little Big Horn College.
Books, journals, documents and other information in the MSU Billings Library are supplemented by a wide variety of electronic resources, such as electronic journals, databases, online indexes and Internet resources. Interlibrary loan and document delivery services are available to obtain materials from other libraries for students and faculty. There is no charge for items borrowed from another library.
The Library collections include federal and state documents, University archives and special collections, as well as books, journals and other materials which support the curriculum. Subject strengths of the Library include, business, health sciences, and education, particularly special education, reading and rehabilitation.
Library instruction is offered to students through many classes, such as English composition and writing courses. All faculty are invited to bring their classes to the Library for appropriate instruction sessions.
The Library has study rooms for group use, copy machines, and microform reader-printers. Students can use U-card money or cash for copies in the Library. AV Services checks out AV equipment for student presentations, and offers other services such as tape dubbing.
The Library building has excellent access for people with disabilities. Students who need assistive technology are encouraged to use such equipment as the Arkenstone or Kurzweil readers, V-Tech magnifying device, Braille printer and computers with adaptive software, in the Assistive Technology Room on the first floor of the Library.
For information about library hours, call 657-1657.
Software licensing agreements are very specific, and may prohibit making copies for use by those who have not purchased the software.
Montana State University-Billings reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law, licensing agreements or fair use.