A Message from the Board

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”

~ Shelby Foote, American Historian and Novelist

Hello , Friends! I invite you to give a contemplative moment to Mr. Foote’s wise assessment regarding the central role of a university library. As an integral piece of a land-grant university, the MSU library is not only central to the MSU university system and its campus patrons, but to the greater Bozeman community as well.

In addition to our in-house collections and services in support of students, faculty, and staff on campus, the library staff and faculty dedicates themselves to changing, expanding, and developing new programming in ways that also support our patrons across the greater Gallatin Valley. These important changes keep our library mission fresh and our community connections strong. In order to extend our support beyond the confines of the campus, our group of dedicated library professionals continually seek out new and exciting avenues to bring our information and services to you, our community members.

Our community presence was perhaps at its best this year with the wonderful Ivan Doig Archive Exhibit at the Big Sky Country State Fair in July. I am pleased to report we had over 2200 visitors come and peruse our display of Doig’s life’s work. We also forged a community partnership with many of the area’s finest teachers through the Yellowstone Writing Project to provide writing opportunities for exhibit visitors. Our current innovation to programming involves the annual benefit dinner. This year for our fall event we will host a FREE speaker event at the Museum of the Rockies in place of the traditional ticketed dinner in the library. Our hope is that by instituting this change, we are making it possible for more community members to participate in our event, thereby extending our outreach into the community.

Your generous support, whether through your friends’ membership, attendance at our events, silent auction purchases, or monetary sponsorships and donations are what help the library to continue thriving in our land-grant mission. I would like to take a moment to personally thank you for all that you have done to support our library’s mission!

Danette Long, President, Friends of MSU Library Board

Don’t wait. Become a Friend today.


Award-winning author Timothy Egan to speak at Friends of MSU Library Benefit

The Friends of MSU Library will present their 24th annual Benefit on Thursday, October 19 at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Timothy Egan, National Book Award winner and New York Times Op-Ed writer, will speak at 6:00 p.m. A silent auction, book signing, and social hour will follow.

Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West whose interests range wide across the American landscape and American history. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular columnist, and a National Book Award-winning author. His weekly online column for The New York Times, the popular “Opinionator,” is consistently among the most read pieces on the NYT site. Tim Egan’s newest book, The Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America, is a New York Times bestseller and won the 2016 Montana Book Award. Timothy Egan was also received the Wallace Stegner Award for his contributions to the cultural identity of the West.

The Friends of Montana State University Library are dedicated to enriching MSU, the lives of students and our community by strengthening the MSU Library.

Reservations for this free event must be made in advance by calling 406-994-6857 or by registering online at calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/23896.

Book Group

Interested in exploring book conversations in an informal social setting? The Friends of MSU Library Book Group may be perfect for you. Anyone can join – Friend, faculty, student staff, retiree, alum – join us! Most discussions are held from 7-9 p.m. at the Bozeman Public Library Small Community Room. However, please note that the June discussion will be held from 5:45-8 p.m. in the MSU Strand Union Building in conjunction with the Tribal College Librarians Institute. For the most up-to-date meeting information, visit guides.lib.montana.edu/Friends_Book_Group

2017-2018 Book Selections

October 10, 2017: Speak By Louisa Hall

November 14, 2017: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick

December 12, 2017: Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

January 16, 2018: Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen

February 13, 2018: Good Omens By Niel Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

March 20, 2018: Being Mortal By Atul Gawande

April 10, 2018: Seize the Day By Saul Bellow

May 8, 2018: The Plot Against America: A Novel By Philip Roth

June 12, 2018: Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas By Mari Sandoz

July 10, 2018: The Madonnas of Leningrad By Debra Dean

August 14, 2018: Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activists By Bill McKibben

Join Us

Become a Friend of MSU Library Member. Click here!


Interested in joining the FOL Board? Complete the application below.