The Harlem Public Library offers a broad spectrum of materials.  A knowledgeable and friendly staff is on hand to meet the varied and diverse needs of the patrons.  Free and open access for every person in our service area is guaranteed.  We are handicap accessible, with a public restroom, a reading room, public computers, free wifi, a children's area and Playspace, and a meeting room. 





  • If you are sick, please do not enter the library.

  • Practice social distancing.  Stay at least 6 feet APART from other patrons/staff.

  • Only two patron desktop computers are available for business, educational, or employment use.  Wash hands​ before using a computers or other devices.

  • Only one person at the checkout desk at one time. 

  • Each patron has a limit of 30 minutes in the library per day.  This time may be extended to 60 minutes for educational, business, or employment needs.

  • Any materials touched while browsing that you do not wish to check out should be placed on the green book cart to be sanitized.  

Curbside services are available for those individuals who do not wish to enter the building.  All surfaces & returned materials are sanitized.





For the 2020 Book Challenge, you will be given a "type" of book to read each month.  After you've completed that challenge, contact us, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to a local business.  Here are the challenges for the months in 2020: 

January:  Read a book with an ugly cover

February:  Read a book that reminds you of someone you love

March:  Read a book about religion

April:  Read a book with a name in the title

May:  Read a book written by an author of color

June:  Read the original or retelling of a fairytale

July:  Read a book that features nonhuman characters

August:  Read a book set in another time

September:  Read a book written before you were born

October:  Read a book with a body part in the title

November:  Read a book about politics

December:  Read a book on a library display

Helpful resources for students, teachers, and parents.

Get your preschooler Ready to Read with the text program from the Montana State Library! 

To sign up, text "SIGNUP" to (406) 204-3583.  It's a free program and you do not have to have a library card to sign up.  You will receive three messages per week for eight months to help you learn about early literacy skills and help your child develop these skills through easy practices you can do every day at home, like reading, singing, talking, playing, and writing together. 

If, for any reason and at any time, you'd like to stop receiving text messages, just text the word "stop" to the same number.

Call or stop by if you have any questions about this program.

Watch tutorials and learn how to do just about anything online with our new resource Niche Academy. 

Click on one of the tutorials below to get started.

Upcoming Events

Book Club Online:  The book club meets Mondays at 4:00 pm via skype.  (Note, they will not be discussing a book in December).  Click this link to join:

Storytime Online:  Join us via Facebook Live on Tuesdays at 10:00 am for a time to share some stories & songs!  Anyone is welcome to watch, but the content will be geared towards a

2-5 year old audience.

Christmas with Carly & Colleen:  Thursdays in December at 1:00 pm, via Facebook Live, the librarians will be sharing Christmas stories for all ages to enjoy.

November 26th:  CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving

November 30th, 2020-February 28th, 2021:  Winter Reading program, exclusively online.  Using the READsquared app or website, track books, earn online badges, and unlock mini-games.  Contact us with any questions.

December 24th:  Special hours for Christmas Eve, 9:00-2:00

December 25th:  CLOSED in observance of Christmas

January 1st, 2021:  CLOSED in observance of New Year's Day

January 27th, 4:15 pm:  Library board meeting, public is welcome to attend

Back-to-School Plan August 2020

The Harlem Public Library is aware of the unique situation the school personnel and families face due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The library would like to assist as much as possible.

  • The job of the library staff is to help the public when we can; but we are not responsible to provide formal education for students.

  • if students need a place to study, they are welcome at the library; but they must follow these guidelines:

    • Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian​.

    • Social distancing must be observed & table are marked to provide appropriate seating room.

    • Masks must be worn while in the library.

    • Students age 8 & older may use the internet only for assigned school work.

    • Library computers & devices may be used for 60 minutes per day per patron.

    • The library recommends students bring their own earbuds or headphones.

    • No food or drink is allowed in the library.

    • Students must follow the rules of the library's behavior policy.

  • The library will leave the WiFi on when the library is closed to assist those who need to use the internet after hours.  However, the password must be obtained at the front desk.  *Reminder;  If any illegal activity is noted using the library WiFi, the library will be forced to turn the WiFi off after hours.

  • The library has mobile hotspots available for checkout.  These can be checked out to registered users age 18 or older, in good standing for at least one month.  Hotspots may be checked out for 14 days at a time.

Friends of the Library Information

October is normally when the annual membership meeting occurs.  Due to lack of space for social distancing and the desire to not risk anyone's health, we opted to bypass the meeting this year.  Thankfully, the library can remain open and serve the community, therefore we need to continue trying to attain our goals.  In that regard, we are soliciting your continues advocacy, along with your membership dues of $10.00.  They can be paid by mail or at the library.  Our Wine & Cheese Tasting will not be possible this year , so any help in coming up with fundraising projects that can be adapted to Covid guidelines would be appreciated. 

Also, one of the co-chair's term is up this year.  The board has advocated to let this ride until an annual meeting can be held and nominees can be solicited.  Please convey any objections to this decision to any member of the Board.  

Thank you again for your outstanding and continued support of the Harlem Public Library.

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