Montana State University Billings and the city of Billings ushered in a new era of collaborative services this week with the grand opening of a library project on the West End.
The grand opening of the MSU Billings/Parmly Billings Library Community Library took place on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the MSU Billings College of Technology Tech Building.
City officials, university officials and representatives from Parmly Billings Library Board of Directors and staff were on hand to finalize the memorandum of understanding between MSU Billings and the city. The collaboration will lead to expanded hours of service for the community, a drop-off and pickup location for reserve materials from both libraries and expanded parking areas for visitors.
The university has about 7,000 items in the collection at the COT library now, which saw renovation this summer, but those items were mostly aimed at meeting academic needs for faculty and students, Roberts said.
The university and the city will share the space at the COT, the staffing will remain separate and city library staff will get the Parmly Billings materials to the West End location.
The MSU Billings staff can assist people with getting library cards and computer access if needed.
Because of the new collaboration, the Community Library at the COT will have expanded hours. It will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. By the end of October, there will be expanded visitor parking with 30 metered parking spaces for visitors.