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.

  • Masks are recommended in the library.

  • Practice social distancing.  Stay at least 6 feet apart from other patrons & staff.

  • Only two desktop computers are available.  Wash hands​ before using a computers or other devices.  Computers may be used by adults only for educational or business purposes.

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

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

-Adopted by Harlem Public Library Board of Trustees 5/20/2021


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

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Tuesdays, 10:00 am, in June & July:  Storytime in the Park
June 16th, 30th, July 7th, & 21st, 1:00 pm:  Sidewalk STEAM  

June 30th, 4:15 pm:  Library board meeting 
July 5th:  CLOSED in observation of Independence Day


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.

*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.

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Readers of all ages are invited to join in our Tails & Tales summer reading program.  Register anytime in the month of June using READsquared or stop by the Harlem Library.  The entire program will run June 1st-August 6th.

*Ages 0-Kindergarten:  Using either READ squared or a pencil and paper, Keep track of the number of books read.  

​  ~25 Books-Gift certificate for ice cream from Bliss Ice Cream

  ~50 Books-Gift certificate for Italian soda from Scmuker's Pizza

  ~75 Books-Gift certificate for personal pizza from EZ Mart

  ~100 Books-One day free swimming pass to the Harlem Swim pool

  ~Enter your name for the grand prize every 25 books read.

  ~Join us for Storytime in the Park every Tuesday at 10:00 am, June 1st-July 20th, weather permitting.  Bring a blanket & at least one parent/caregiver to the Harlem City Park.  Keep a social distance of a least six feet from others & remain on your blanket throughout the entire storytime.  Leave with a take & make craft, supplied by the library.

*1st grade-8th Grade:  Using either READsquared of a pencil and paper, keep track of the number of books read.

  ~10 Books-Gift certificate for ice cream from Bliss Ice Cream

  ~20 Books-Gift certificate for Italian soda from Scmuker's Pizza

  ~30 Books-Gift certificate for personal pizza from EZ Mart

  ~40 Books-One day free swimming pass to the Harlem Swim pool

  ~Enter your name for the grand prize every 10 books read.

  ~Join us every other week outside the library for a program specifically for elementary students.  Wednesdays at 1:00 pm on June 16th, 30th, July 7th, & 21st, weather permitting.  Children are reminded to keep a social distance of at least six feet from one another.  Hear a story and check out a STEAM activity.

*Teens & Adults (including grades 9-12):  Enter your name into a drawing for a grand prize of a $50 Visa gift card for every book read.

Kick off Summer Reading with our stuffed animal adoption event!  During the ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE, children may come to the Harlem Library during operating hours & choose a stuffed animal to adopt.  When they choose their pet, they will set a goal to read so many books to their new friend throughout the summer.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when registering.