Montana Room

About the Montana Room

What will your 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 city high schools. City directories and old telephone directories. In short, the resources you need to learn about your community. Materials in the Montana Room are not available for checkout, but many of the titles are also available in the nonfiction collection.

We are celebrating our 120th anniversary!

The Parmly Billings Library opened its doors on October 1st, 1901, and has been serving the Billings community ever since. The slideshow below contains a small sampling of some of the things that happened in the library over the years as well as a glimpse of some of the changes, including location, buildings, and technology.

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Billings Pioneers A - Z

Join us for a new series introducing some of the early settlers of our city. Billings Public Library will introduce you to a number of the pioneer residents that helped form this community in its earliest days. Some were quite prominent in their day, others lesser known, but they all helped build Billings in one way or another. All of these photos and the information about the people depicted come from the Library’s Montana Room collection. The people you will meet are only a smattering of those who contributed in the founding and development of the Magic City. 

Click on the image of each pioneer to learn more about them, or view the list of all of our Montana History Profiles

Come find our books about Billings and Montana history if you would like to know more. Explore the Montana Memory Project to find more of our historic photographs of people, places and events.

YouTube logoHistory on Video

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

Montana History Profiles

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