Welcome to the Billings Public Library!

Gavin Woltjer, Library Director
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.

Join us in November for many fun events, including Friday Fun every Friday evening.

Pay your fines with a non-perishable food item from Nov 5th through 15th, and support Family Services! See our Featured Events for details.

Friday Night Fun in November, every Friday night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm:

  • Nov 1 Celebrate Day of the Dead! Learn the history of Day of the Dead while watching the movie ”Coco.”
  • Nov 8 Community Room Movie Night! Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with a free showing of "Addams Family Values".
  • Nov 15 Thanksgiving Bingo - It's bingo night, with a Thanksgiving theme.
  • Nov 29 See "A Christmas Story" - Christmas is coming and all Ralphie wants is a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass on the stock.

Celebrate Inclusivity at a reception at 4pm, Thursday, November 7, in the Children’s Area to announce our new collaboration with the Human Relations Commission of the City of Billings, and MSU–B. The Billings Public Library supports, values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We strive to curate a collection of resources that represents all demographics in our community’s tapestry.

Acclaimed historian Ken Robison discusses new and neglected stories of the Treasure State’s contributions to the Great War in “World War I Montana: The Treasure State Prepares". Learn what role celebrities like “cowboy artist” Charlie Russell played in the war and how Montanans mobilized, trained and deployed at 6pm, Thursday, November 14, in the Community Room.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-6pm in the Community Room, Melissa Petrich, of the Montana Wildlife Federation, will present the next in our Gardening Series of program: Native Plants. She will discuss how gardening with native plants benefits our backyards as well as our community. Thanks to our co-sponsors, Yellowstone County Master Gardeners.

Our Harry Potter Celebration is the most magical event of the year, so join us from 11am–2pm, Saturday, November 23 as we celebrate all things Harry Potter. ZooMontana will also be here to give a special presentation about some of their Fantastic Beasts. Thank you to the Friends of Billings Public Library for sponsoring this event.

For additional details about any of these events, and info on many others, check our Featured Events page or our Events for Adults page.

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
Library Director