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.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! This January, the Library is celebrating 5 years in our wonderful new building with a series of events. These include a panel discussion by people who were involved in building the new library, a program on the 118-year history of the Library, a scavenger hunt, unveiling a Lego replica of the new building, special STEAM programs in the TECH Lab, and the 10-year anniversary of Books & Babies. Check out our calendar page for details starting in the TECH Lab on January 3rd, weekly through the beginning of February. Celebrate with us!

On Saturday, January 26th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Community Room, the Library is co-sponsoring, with the Institute for Peace Studies, the "We are Women--Watch us Soar!" Women's Conference. This year's theme is "Entrepreneurial Women". For registration details, check our Adults page.

The Library's 22nd Annual Family Reading Program begins January 22.Studies show that children who are read aloud to have improved language skills and are more successful in school. 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 January's Friday Night Fun:

  • Jan. 4: Miniature Golf Join us for a round of mini golf in the Children's area for all ages to enjoy!
  • Jan. 11: Winter Polka Party - to celebrate National Polka Month, the Library will have polka lessons & dancing for all ages.
  • Jan. 18: How to Train Your Dragon Geek Out Jr. Join the training sessions and train your dragon.
  • Jan. 25: Trivia Night - answer questions and win prizes!

Gavin Woltjer, Library Director

Gavin Woltjer, Director

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
Library Director