Montana Shared Catalog



The Montana Shared Catalog is a cooperative project involving 167 libraries located in 92 Montana communities.  Public, school, academic, medical, and special libraries have pooled their resources together to purchase a robust library automation system. Members also enjoy the benefits of shared expertise and the ability to provide great service to library customers. Currently the Montana Shared Catalog uses the SirsiDynix Corporation's Symphony© product. Take a test drive of the new MSC “Enterprise” catalog search interface.

How do I join?

New libraries are normally added once a year. There are some things that you need to be aware of when joining the shared catalog, so it helps to chat with Ken Adams at the Montana State Library about the process. Ken can give you a price estimate and make you aware of the benefits and obligations that come with being a Montana Shared Catalog member. The application contains a section that answers many of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the MSC. The MSC New Library application for FY2016 will be made available in early January, 2015. Libraries that would like to join without applying for grant funds to pay start-up costs should contact Ken for information.

Important Information For Applicants in 2014:

The Montana Shared Catalog's system operation, configuration and policies are currently undergoing a reorganization project that will streamline and simplify the consortium's day to day operations thus enhancing the MSC’s primary purpose as a tool for resource sharing and library development.  This project is expected to take most of calendar year 2014 to complete.  Applications will be accepted in early 2014 with the understanding that those libraries selected to join will not begin implementation into the MSC until after the reorganization project is complete, in early 2015.

Can I get start-up financing?

The State Library Commission has authorized the Montana State Library to set aside federal funds (LSTA) to help libraries cover the vendor startup costs associated with joining the Montana Shared Catalog. Individual libraries are expected to fund the annual MSC membership costs. We accept applications from all library types. The number of libraries accepted is dependent upon the number of applications received, library type and size, support staff limitations, and the amount of LSTA funds available to pay vendor startup costs.


Frequently Asked Questions About the MSC 
The MSC and School Libraries
MSC Member Libraries Locations
Business Plan (2003)
Business Plan Update (2005)
MSC Strategic Plan 2014-2019 in drafting stage by the MSC Executive Board.
MSC Mission and Vision Statements (Draft proposal – 2014)