Montana Room

About the Montana Room


What will you find in the Montana Room?

  • Books about the people, places and events that shaped and continue to shape Billings, Yellowstone County and the state of Montana.
  • Microfilm of Billings newspapers from 1882 onward.
  • Yearbooks from Billings high schools and colleges
  • City directories and old telephone directories. 
  • Historic, informational, and topographic maps of Billings and Montana

In short, the resources you need to learn about your community. Materials in the Montana Room are available for in-house research and are not available for checkout. However, many of the titles are also available in the nonfiction collection; please check at the Reference desk for help locating items!

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Remember Her Name - BPL Community Archiving Project!

Western naming conventions of the past often identified a woman by her husband's name or initials, essentially erasing her given name from the historical record. BPL has many such "Nameless Women" hidden in the archives. Can you help us name them?

How it works:

Every Monday, we'll feature everything we know about a "Nameless Woman" we've found in the BPL Archives on our Facebook page. Recognize someone we feature? Please email refdesk@billingsmt.gov and tell us about her!

YouTube logoHistory on Video

Check out the History Playlist on our YouTube channel as we take a look back into (mostly) local history.  

Tales from the Archives

Enjoy these tales from the archives at Billings Public Library, as we profile people, places and events that made our history here in Billings and in all of Montana.

View the History Profiles

Use of Montana Room Materials in Publications

Interested in using a photograph or document from the Montana Room? Please check out our Permissions for Use page.

Montana History & Local History Online

Can't get enough of that local stuff? Check out these great resources available online