Filed Under Missoula

University Library 1922-1974

The University of Montana Historic District

Of the eight campus buildings constructed on the Carsley-Gilbert master plan, the library appropriately best expresses the Renaissance Revival style. Billings architects McIver and Cohagen designed this architectural gem with its Spanish tile roof, simple terra cotta ornamentation, and distinctive windows, symbolizing in form and function the heart of the University. In 1955, a four-story utilitarian addition and division of the lofty reading room on the second story into two floors expanded the space. A new library opened in 1974 and the building changed in function, but its stately presence remains the symbolic heart of campus.


University Library 1922-1974
University Library 1922-1974 University Library 1922-1974. Front view of the building, facing north towards Mount Jumbo. Renamed the Social Sciences Building following its stint as University Library for 52 years. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: 1946


32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “University Library 1922-1974,” Historic Montana, accessed May 25, 2024,