2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Support

MSU Billings provides a number of support facilities and services on campus to help you succeed in your academic efforts.  Facilities include such obvious ones as the library, computers, and presentation halls for art, drama, and music.  They also include less obvious areas such as language and scientific laboratories, greenhouses, and centers for reading and the measurement of human performance.


(406) 657-1662 Library Reference Desk
On the Web:  www.msubillings.edu/library
Email:  library@msubillings.edu
Brent Roberts, Director

The Montana State University Billings Library, located in the heart of campus, supports the University’s programs of instruction, research, and service by providing free and open access to information and ideas.

The Library is designed to help students with their information needs.  Friendly and helpful staff at the Reference Desk assist students in finding books, journal articles, Internet sites, and other resources that they need for classes.  The MSU Libraries share an online catalog, which provides quick and easy access to materials in all the MSU Libraries located in Billings, Bozeman, Havre, and Great Falls, as well as the collections of Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College, Dawson Community College, Little Big Horn College, Chief Dull Knife College, and the University of Great Falls.  Other databases link the Library's collections to libraries around the world.  Electronic library resourcesare available both on- and off-campus.

Books, journals, documents, and other information in the MSU Billings Library are supplemented by a wide variety of digital resources, such as electronic journals, ebooks, databases, online indexes, and Internet resources.  Interlibrary loan and document delivery services are available to provide materials from other libraries for students and faculty.  The Library also has many technology tools available for checkout, including ebook readers, DVD players, and cameras.

The Information Commons is located on the first floor of the Library, with PCs for student use.  The Information Commons is available at all times the Library is open and has a variety of software available for student assignments, word processing, and Internet access, as well as research use.  Copiers, printers, scanners, and microfilm readers are available for student use.  Student may use U-card money for copies and color printing in the Library.  There is comfortable furniture for leisurely reading and group study areas on all floors of the Library.

The Library building has excellent access for people with disabilities.  Students who need assistive technology are encouraged to use the computers with adaptive software and other equipment in the Assistive Technology Room on the first floor of the Library.

Regular Library Hours
(Fall and Spring Semesters)
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (Summer 2013)
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

For specific holiday hours or changes in hours, check the MSU Billings Library web site at www.msubillings.edu/library.

City College at MSU Billings Library

(406) 247-3025
Library Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The City College at MSU Billings Library is a branch of the MSU Billings Library, and is located in the Technology Building of City College at MSU Billings.  The collection supports the wide variety of programs at City College at MSU Billingswith books, magazines, multimedia, and digital resources.

Materials in the City College at MSU Billings Library are included in the OMNI MSU system, accessible in the Library and through the MSU Billings Library web site at www.msubillings.edu/library.  This leads to many other digital resources and useful web sites, as well as to the shared catalog system.

Study areas and computers are available for student use in the Library, which will obtain materials from the University campus Library or from other libraries on request.

In Fall 2010, the Library joined forces with the Academic Support Center to create the Learning Commons, a one-stop location to help students obtain the tutoring and research assistance needed for classes.  The Learning Commons, located in the City College at MSU Billings Tech Building, is a great place to find help as well as computer and Internet access.

Also in Fall 2010, the MSUB Library and the Parmly Billings Library opened the Community Library, an area in the City College at MSU Billings Learning Commons space where public library materials may be checked out and returned.  Computers are also available for public use.

Copyright Warning

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 or 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.

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