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Introduction & Mission

Mission: The Montana Shared Catalog connects libraries and their users through resource sharing, collaboration and cutting edge technology.

The Montana Shared Catalog is a cooperative project involving 177 libraries located in 99 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. Try out the MSC “Enterprise” catalog search interface.

How do I join?

The MSC application process takes place once a year, typically opening in late December and closing in early February. The application period for FY 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) will open in December 2017. There are some things that you need to take into consideration when joining the Shared Catalog, so it helps to chat with the MSC Director at the Montana State Library about the process. Contact Cara Orban with your questions, to request a cost estimate, and to learn what benefits and obligations come with being a Montana Shared Catalog member. The application contains a section which answers many of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the MSC. 

Can I get start-up financing?

The State Library Commission has authorized the Montana State Library to set aside federal Library Services & Technology (LSTA) funds, when available, 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 suitability of the applicant, number of applications received, library type and size, support staff limitations, and the amount of LSTA funds available to pay vendor startup costs.