Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
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.
February is Black History Month and the Black Heritage Foundation and Billings Public Library present a series of programs and films reflecting the African-American experience. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. History. Check out our calendar page or Adult page for programs on Thursdays at 7 pm and films on Saturdays at 11 am in the Community Room. Some films include mature themes and content.
Sign up starting February 1st for One Book Billings, and read Joe Wilkins' FAR ENOUGH: A WESTERN IN FRAGMENTS - a series of short prose fragments told from several viewpoints. Discussions will take place March 4-7. For registration details, check our Adults page.
The Library's 22nd Annual Family Reading Program will finish off and winners will be announced at the Circus Variety Show starring Patrick on February 26th at 6:30 pm. During the program, families will read together for 20 minutes a day for 20 days. For details and other fun children's events, see our Children's page.
Join us Friday nights for free family-oriented programs. Check out February's Friday Night Fun:
- Feb. 1: Geek Out – Princess Bride
- Feb. 8: Winter Bird Feeding-learn the birds & make a feeder
- Feb. 15: Family Nature Night - explore wild Montana
- Feb. 22: Bingo Night
Exciting programs for Teens are going on in February - see our Teen page for details about:
- LEGO Robot Challenge on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 from 5-7 pm in the TECH Lab.
- Graphic Novel Book Group is reading Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller - pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join the discussion on Feb 6th.
- Teen Book Group is reading Truly Devious: a Mystery by Maureen Johnson on Thursday Feb 21st at 4pm.
See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or our Featured Events, things for children 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 Sweet Café and enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack while also experiencing the many services provided to you. The Café is open Mon-Fri from 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm.
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