Resounds: Gavin Woltjer

Feb 11, 2019

Gavin Woltjer
Credit courtesy Gavin Woltjer

Located in downtown Billings, Montana, 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.

Library Director Gavin Woltjer joined Resounds in the studio to talk about the 5th year anniversary of the library and a preview of what he sees as the future for the institution.


The new Billings Public Library has been open for five years, and is always ready to welcome people, encouraging all to take advantage of this beautiful new community center and cutting edge resources.

The 66,000 square foot Billings Public Library, designed by Will Bruder + Partners, opened on January 6, 2014.

The library has 200,000 volumes, popular magazines and newspapers to browse, online music and movies, and a knowledgeable staff ready to help navigate services.

The library’s helpful website directs people to a variety of special interests for Adults, Teens Children and Families. The library's web pages hold a wealth of information and activities for all ages. Check out the convenient calendar page for things to do.

As the world become more and more automated, so does the library. Many resources are available online with only a library card. One can explore 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 numerous other databases and downloads.

The Billings Public Library 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.