Montana Digital Library (MSDL)

The MSdL includes the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) and the Information Services Division (ISD). Much of the information compiled today about Montana's resources and government operations is now electronically produced. The MSdL's mission, therefore, is to collect, arrange, and distribute this electronic information so that it can be easily accessed by citizens, policy-makers and others.

As part of the MSdL, NRIS identifies, acquires, and provides access to information about Montana's natural resources for government agencies, business and industry, and private citizens. NRIS operates a clearinghouse and referral service to link users with the best sources of information and services. NRIS also provides services through the Natural Heritage Program (NHP). NHP scientists collect, manage, and disseminate biodiversity information, emphasizing those plants, animals and natural communities that are rare, declining or have outstanding qualities.

Library Information Services is the principal library for serving work-related needs of state employees. It also provides back-up reference services for Montana libraries and public access to the State Publications Center. State publications, materials on library development and selected federal documents are available from this library to all citizens through interlibrary loan.