Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
Gavin Woltjer, Library Director
Located in beautiful downtown Billings, MT, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.
October at the Library has something for everyone, as well as Friday Fun every Friday evening.
On October 4th, the Library is participating in the Downtown Billings Art Walk for the second time. This exhibit is featuring those works of Joseph Henry Sharp owned by the Library. The life mask of Chief Plenty Coups will also be on display at the library that evening. Come see works that have not seen the light of day in decades!
On October 8th, at 7pm, join author Karen Stevens, our favorite local ghost hunter, for an exploration of spooky Montana sites that you can visit with our annual Haunted Montana program.
The High Plains BookFest brings dozens of writers (and readers!) to town October 10–12.Free panels and readings, reflecting all the categories of the High Plains Book Awards, are at the Library and a variety of downtown locations. Find the full schedule at: High Plains Bookfest.
With election time approaching, the League of Women Voters and the Library are co-hosting a Billings City Council Candidate Forum on Oct 15 from 5:30-7:30pm.
Also on Oct 15th is our Books to Movies Evening with the Art House Cinema and Friends of the Library featuring two unique books that depict the life of children in the WW2 Japanese internment camps: "Under the Blood-Red Sun" by Graham Salisbury and "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei Read the books, and then attend a screening of the 2014 film adaptation of Under the Blood-Red Sun, co-sponsored by the Art House!
The annual Fall Book Sale by the Friends of the Library will happen on 17-19 October - check out the Friends' home page for more information.
Check the Teen page for special teen programs, and our ongoing weekly open lab times. See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or our Featured Events, things for children & tweens to do on our Children's page, or just keep an eye on our events calendar. The library's web pages hold a wealth of information and activities for all ages.
Many resources are available online with your library card. Explore our digital magazines with RBDigital; learn a foreign language with Mango Languages or a new skill with Universal Class, download free songs at Freegal Music, and have fun with our other databases and downloads.
I hope that when you visit your Library you will also take some time to visit the Stompin' Grounds Café and enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack while also experiencing the many services provided to you. The Café is open during library open hours.
The Billings Public Library has designated 2019 as the "Year of Multicultural Literacy." Throughout the course of the year, the Library, through various community partnerships, will provide programming, services, and educational opportunities for all residents of Yellowstone County.
The Library is many things to many people. It is our goal that every person who visits the Library leaves with a positive experience. A strong and popular library reflects well on the entire community.
Part of our ongoing improvement process involves reviewing feedback from you. We value your opinion of our Library and what we are doing to serve you. I appreciate the trust you place in the Library. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.
We look forward to your visit!
Gavin J. Woltjer