About Us

Billings Public Library is where our community connects and grows together, discovering the love of reading, the joy of learning, and the sharing of creative expression.

Library History
Billings Public Library is the public library serving Billings and Yellowstone County, Montana. It was established in 1901, and was originally named for Parmly Billings, eldest son of Frederick Billings, the City’s founder and namesake. The Billings family donated the first library to the young town in memory of Parmly, the only family member to ever live in the City.

Get the complete Centennial history of the library, published in 2002 (*.pdf, size 1.4 mb).

News Articles

The Billings Gazette had a story on October 2, 1901 (3.5 mb) on the library's opening in 1901, as did the Helena Herald on October 3, 1901 (361 kb). The Bozeman Chronicle and the Anaconda Standard also had articles on the library on October 2, 1901 and August 23, 1901, respectively.