Research Help

The MSU Billings team of reference librarians specializes in information science and diverse subject areas, and provides information, instruction, and guidance on retrieving all types of information. We help with the use of all library resources and technology, while promoting information literacy and enabling lifelong learning. We serve the MSU Billings students, faculty and staff, the Billings community, the citizens of Montana, and others. Visit us at the Ask Here Desk on the second floor of the library, or contact us at 406-657-1662. Members of the Reference Team are also available by appointment.

Instruction Services

The Library collaborates with faculty and provides a wide range of instructional services to help improve students' research and information skills. We offer instruction sessions to help students learn to use library resources. Sessions introduce students to library databases, library research, source evaluation, as well as in-depth instruction for advanced users.


Most library materials in the MSU Billings Library circulate, with the exception of reference books and special collection materials. Materials not returned to the library by the end of the semester are charged to the borrower.

Students, Faculty and Staff must have their U-Card to check out materials, and guests must bring their courtesy borrower cards.


Materials How long? Renewals

Overdue Fine$

(as of 7/16/19)

Books & Government Documents 3 weeks 1 renewal online, phone or in person $.50 day
Journals/Newspapers 1 week 1 renewal $.50 day
Reserves Checkout varies by instructor from 1 hour to 1 week NO renewals $.25 hour
Videos/DVDs 1 week 1 renewal $.50 day
Interlibrary Loan Books Checkout times vary Renewals vary $1 day

Overdue fines apply to all patrons except Faculty/Staff 

Library Cards

General Information for all borrowers:

Most library materials in the MSU-Billings Library will circulate, with the exception of reference books and special collections materials. You may renew your items online or call 657-1687.  To renew your items online,  they must be renewed before they become overdue or the system will refuse renewals.  You are able to renew books and government documents 2 times.  (Faculty may renew more than twice.) Videos, DVDs, and journals may be renewed once.  To renew Interlibrary loan books, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 657-1666. For how long various items may be checked out, please see our circulation policies.

Students, Faculty and Staff:

You must bring your U-card to check out materials.  There are no limits on the number of items that may be checked out.

Courtesy Borrowers Card:

Please bring a valid picture ID and fill out the request form.  There is a 5 item checkout limit. Courtesy borrowers may not borrow media items or periodicals.

Computer Access

Students and faculty use their regular campus login for Library computers and are not limited by time.  Community patrons may obtain a login with a current photo ID, and are limited to two hours of computer use per day.

Users MUST only utilize their own login credentials.  Violation of this policy may result in suspension of computer access privileges. 

Course Reserves

As of July 2021, the MSUB Library no longer has print reserves in the Library. Please contact your Library Liaison to find alternative access options. You can also visit the Teaching & Learning Center in COE 328 to request help loading materials into D2L.