University Libraries

What started out more than 125 years ago with 187 books in an old schoolhouse is today Montana’s premier research library and a hub of vast knowledge. In addition to an extensive catalog of books, journals, periodicals, online databases and other publications, the Mansfield Library has a deep collection of digitized materials, including maps and historic photos. Its staff also offers tutoring, workshops, equipment rental and classroom/meeting space. Need a yoga mat? We’ve got that, too. Check one out at the front desk.


Holds more than 1.2 million items


More than 32,000 items checked out each year 


More than 1,500 people use the library during weekdays 

Mansfield LibraryA Portal to our Storied Past 

The library’s Archives and Special Collections chronicles our regional history through unique and valuable manuscript and print holdings, oral history collections and digital archives. Some of the items in our collection date back to the late 1800s. These resources provide rich opportunities for learning and scholarly studies to UM faculty and students, Montanans and researchers from around the world.

Make Your Own Reality in 3D 

Our Virtual Reality Room gives you access to an immersive, real-time virtual experience even if you have no experience or training with this technology. VR can be used to play games, view films in 360°, visualize data, interact with 3D models of objects that may be too microscopic or fragile to handle in real life, and visit places around the globe – even fictional or impossible worlds. 

Two Studios to Make You A Star 

Our One Button Studio and Lightboard Studio are self-service production studios designed to let even novice performers record their presentations hone their skills. The Lightboard Studio features an illuminated glass board that allows you to write notes and drawings seemingly in thin air.  

Printing and scanning

The library provides 3D printing, laser cutting, wide format art printing and a variety of other services. We can assist with a wide variety of projects and needs for work, study or play. 

Available computers  

The library provides more than 100 computers for users with NetIDs. Computers are available on every floor of the library. We also check out laptops and a variety of other equipment to members of the UM community.