Montana Shared Catalog

Sharing Groups


The MSC’s Sharing Group libraries have agreed to take down walls and share collections for the benefit of their patrons. A patron whose library participates in a sharing group can place holds on items owned by other libraries in their group. Using a combination of mail and courier service, the item is delivered to the patron’s home library.

There are three sharing groups. The original group, called the MSC Partners Resource Sharing Group, was formed in 2004 and includes 36 member libraries and branches located throughout the state. The two other sharing groups are 4 Rivers Group with 10 members and Gallatin County Libraries (BridgerNet) with 5 members who share patrons within their geographical regions.

All three sharing groups agree to follow the Sharing Group Circulation Rules.

Partners Sharing Group



  • Courier destination chart (PDF)


Partners Discussion Materials

Partners 2019 survey - organized responses (PDF)

Partners 2019 survey - full responses (PDF)

Notes from May 2019 facilitated discussion (PDF)

Partners 2018 baseline holds data (PDF)

Partners 2017 values and stakeholder mapping (PDF)


4 Rivers Sharing Group