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Montana State Library

The Montana State Library Data List searches a few fields in metadata records and returns results in priority order based on the following metadata fields (in order of priority): title, theme keywords (including ISO keywords), and finally a full text search of the metadata record.

Montana Digital Library Division

The Montana Digital Library Division maintains a professionally catalogued and supported collection, brokered by highly trained information science specialists and content specialists. The following statutory programs are managed by the Digital Library Division.

Geographic Information provides comprehensive access statewide geospatial information and consulting services. The program includes the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) which provides information about Montana's natural resources through the acquisition, storage and dissemination of that information in meaningful form.

The Natural Heritage Program is the state's source for information on the status and distribution of our native animals and plants, emphasizing species of concern and high quality habitats.

The Water Information System, (WIS) a program of NRIS, provides a starting point for access to information relating to Montana's water resources.

The State Publications Center (SPC) maintains a comprehensive collection of state agency publications safeguarding one of our state's most critical traditions – the public's right to know.

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