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Library Collections & Resources
The Library's various collections contain more than 300,000 items, most of which can be checked out by patrons, including:
  • A quarter of a million books
  • About 200 magazines
  • More than 20,000 movies and documentaries
  • More than 7,000 music CDs
  • More than 3,500 audiobooks

eBooks, Audiobooks, Music & Other Electronic Resources
The Library also offers eBooks and downloadable audiobooks through Montana Library to Go, downloadable music through Freegal, and downloadable videos through Access Video. Other electronic resources include databases, Universal Class, Mango Languages, and Homework MT.

Library card holders of the Billings Public Library are also able to check out eReaders. The Library has several electronic reading devices including the Barnes & Noble Nook HD tablet, Nook Simple Touch, and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. These devices are available for loan to patrons of the Library. Patrons may check out the eReaders at the reference desk on the second floor of the Library for a lending period of 2 weeks. The Library is encouraging people to check out a Nook or Kindle in order to learn how the devices work.

eReader Reservations
Borrowers may reserve an eReader by placing a hold through the Library Catalog link. The Library has preloaded each device with a variety of ebooks including fiction & non-fiction bestsellers, Montana topics and general fiction. Check-out and check-in procedures occur at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, where librarians are available to assist patrons with questions about the devices.

Printing at the Library
All public computers at the library print to common printers. Black and white printing costs $0.10 (10 cents) per page. Color printing costs $0.25 (25 cents) per page. There are two print-release stations, one on each floor. These are coin-operated stations. The second floor has a black and white printer, a color printer, and a scanner/fax machine. The first floor has only a black and white printer. Any document printed from any public computer can be printed from either of the two release stations, but if color printing is desired, the document must be printed from the 2nd floor release station.