Billings Public Library

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.


Billings Public Library

The Billings Public Library is celebrating an important milestone, five years in a new building and as a resource for technology, information and economic development for the region for the 21st century.  

“There are so many things that libraries now do to help reinforce education, to help reinforce the economics of a community, to reinforce awareness,” said Gavin Woltjer, the library’s director. “ That’s how 

we remain relevant.”

This new facility not only serves the city of Billings but the entire Yellowstone County.

On March 20, 2018, the Billings Public Library and Congregation Beth Aaron featured Middle East expert Dr. Jonathan Adelman of the University of Denver for a presentation titled "The Middle East: Re-Alliances and Elusive Peace." Following the presentation, Dr. Adelman took questions from the audience.


This is National Banned Books Week. The  annual event shines a spotlight on materials that have been moved from library shelves. Library officials say this week gives them an opportunity call attention to the value of free and open access to information.

That begs a question: What happens if someone has a problem with a book?

Kay Erickson

The Billings Public Library has found a novel way to call attention to books that have been banned for one reason or another.

Billings Library Foundation is hosting a scavenger hunt the last week of this month, Sept. 24-30, 2017, National Banned Books Week.

Some of the publications banned in recent years include the Hunger Games, Pulitzer Prize winner Beloved, and Brave New World.

Billings Public Lirbary

Summer reading is in full swing, and residents in Yellowstone County have options in finding their summer books. They can drive downtown to the Billings Public Library or the library can come to them.

Books make good gifts for children because it is important to have books in the home, said Cindy Patterson, the Children’s Librarian at Billings Public Library. She spoke recently with Kay Erickson about the importance of reading to children, having books in the home and gave some book gift suggestions. 

“But if the books are not readily available, if it is 30 below and a trip to the library is not possible, you need to have books in the home you can just grab and have one ready to go so that you can read,” said Patterson.

It is one of the most famous and beautiful highways in the country. But few know the history of the iconic Beartooth Highway.  Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Billings Public Library, people will get a chance of hear the details of this engineering marvel.

Jon Axline is Montana Department of Transportation historian and author of a book on the highway. He says its scenic qualities may not have been the goal of its construction. It was intended to divert mining trucks from going though Yellowstone National Park and coming out at the railroad station in Red Lodge. And he says Red Lodge even  had big plans to build a smelter.