II. University Facilities and Support Services
Library Reference Desk (406) 657-1662
The Montana State University Billings Library, located in the middle of the campus, supports the University’s programs of instruction, research and service by providing free and open access to information and ideas. The collections and services available in the Library are designed to benefit students at all levels and in all phases of their college careers.
The Library is 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 Library's catalog, which includes print and electronic resources from nine Montana academic libraries, is available online via the Library website.
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.
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.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy reproduction. One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user exceeds “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
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.