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.


Piles of Books

For the 2021 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 2021: 

January:  Read a book written by an author who uses some form of initials in their name

February:  Read a book that is medical themed

March:  Read a non-fiction historical book, or a historical fiction novel

April:  Read/listen to a book in a different format than you normally do (audiobook, ebook, graphic novel)

May:  Read a book set in Montana

June:  Read a book set in the summer

July:  Read a book featuring an animal

August:  Read a book featuring sports or athletes

September:  Read the first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed

October:  Read a weather related book, or a story where weather is an important part of the plot

November:  Read a book written by an Indigenous author

December:  Read a book that will put you in the holiday spirit

Montana State Library's Ready 2 Read logo

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.

Here is the website for more information about getting your child Ready to Read!

Upcoming Events


Remote Worker Training Program:  From MSU-Extension


May 26th, 4:15:  Library board meeting 

Helpful Resources During Covid

 *The library has electronic devices (hotspots, iPads, and an HP Surface Pro) available for checkout with your library card.  You must be an established user in good standing for at least 30 days.  Must be 18 or older.  If you do not have a library card, bring a current photo ID to the library & we can get the process started for you.

*The wi-fi is left on 24/7 at the library.  It will not be changed, but please contact the library during operating hours for the password.

*Programs are being offered virtually.  Check our upcoming events for all happenings at the library.

*Read ebooks and listen to audiobooks using your library card with MontanaLibrary2Go.  Download the Overdrive or Libby app and log in using your library card.  Contact us for more information.

*Visit our RESOURCES page for direct links to our catalog, online encyclopedia, MontanaLibrary2Go, and more.


*Watch videos to learn new online skills with

2021 Book Challenge


Read 1000 books to your child before entering Kindergarten!

  • For babies, toddlers, and preschool

  • Help your child get ready for school

  • Instill in your child a lifelong love of reading

  • Track your reading and earn prizes along the way

  • Download the ReadSQUARED app or click here to get started.