The MSU Library offers research and information resources to the institution's students and faculty, as well as serving Montana citizens and the State's business community.
Conveniently located in the center of campus, the MSU Library has a full range of library collections and services for students and faculty, including over 140 public computer workstations, printers, scanners, technology-rich group study rooms, and quiet study areas. Knowledgeable and friendly professional librarians and staff provide assistance using the collections, access to online information resources, and instruction for individuals and groups. The MSU Library's collections support teaching, learning and research at MSU, with particular emphasis in the fields of agriculture, science, health, and technology. The Library holds special collections in the areas of Montana agriculture and ranching, Yellowstone National Park and its ecosystem, Montana history, and trout and salmonid fish.
Thomas Brown Brook (1890-1966) was the son of a Nevada City gold miner who came to Montana in 1863. His father, John Brook, established a ranch on the Beaverhead River eight miles south of Twin Bridges, Montana in 1870, and Thomas grew up on the ranch and attended local schools. Thomas Brook graduated from the Gallatin County High School in Bozeman and in 1913 earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State College. After working on a ranch and serving in France during World War I, Brook returned to Twin Bridges where he worked as an electrician. As a hobby, Brook began taking photographs of various locations in and around Twin Bridges. Eventually, he engaged in copying historical photographs brought to him by various individuals. Before his death in 1966, Brook had compiled a substantial collection of both original and copied photographs. The Thomas Brook Photograph Collection consists of nature landscapes and town views of southwest Montana, particularly in Twin Bridges area of Madison and Beaverhead Counties. Subjects include: natural history, ranch and farming operations, bridges and bridge construction, mining and timber outfits, schools and school groups, and early settlers of the Twin Bridges area.
August "Gus" Ludwig Hormay (1907-1999) developed the rest-rotation grazing management system of the Western United States rangelands and spent more than seventy years working in natural resource conservation. In 1931, after he completed his academic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Hormay started working for the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. For the next thirty-six years, Hormay worked out of the Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station in Berkeley, California and developed the theory of rest-rotation. In 1966, Hormay transferred to the Bureau of Land Management and spearheaded educating government officials, land stewards, and livestock-holders in rest-rotation grazing techniques. The Hormay Collection of his personal and professional papers includes: daily activities during 1930-1999; numerous publications; research files on Modoc National Forest, Lassen National Forest, and Plumas National Forest; experimental forests and ranges of Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest, Burgess Spring Experimental Range, and Harvey Valley Grazing Allotment; grazing allotments and rangelands throughout the intermountain and Trans-Mississippi West 1965-1977; and Hormay's experiments with reproduction and germination of bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) 1942-1979.
James Willard Schultz (1859-1947) lived in and wrote about the northwestern portion of Montana which now includes the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park. In 1877, at the age of 18, he traveled from his birthplace in Boonville, New York to Fort Benton, Montana Territory. He became interested in American Indians, and lived for many years with the Blackfeet Indians as an accepted member of their nation. Drawing upon his experiences on the western frontier, he wrote books and articles to make a living as an author. The Schultz Collection includes photographs of: Blackfeet, Blood, Kutenai, Shoshoni and Arapaho Native Americans, Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, and historic views of Montana, Wyoming and Arizona.