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. 



Phase II Reopening Guidelines 6/1/20

In accordance with Directives from Governor Bullock


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

  • Practice good hygiene: 

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.​

    • Avoid touching your face.

    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.​​

  • Practice social distancing while in the library.  Stay at least 6 feet from other patrons/staff.

    • Only two patron desktop computers are available for business, educational, or employment use.  Please observe signs and wash hands​ well before using a computer or other device.

    • Only one person may be at the checkout desk at one time.  Other patrons must stay behind taped lines on the floor.

  • Each patron has a limit of 30 minutes in the library per day.

  • All toys, puzzles, blocks, etc. have been removed from the children's area.

  • The meeting room is not available for use.

  • When browsing for books/DVDs:  If you touch a book/DVD and you decide you do not wish to check it out, please place it on the green book truck.  Do not place it back on the shelf.

  • Those individuals who do not wish to enter the building will continue to be served using curbside service, home delivery, or items may be mailed.

The staff is sanitizing all returned materials and keeping these items in quarantine for several days before they are shelved.  All surfaces are sanitized each day.  Computers/devices are sanitized after each use.  The checkout desk is sanitized between patrons.




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.

The library received 95 new children's books through the Children's Book Project grant award from The Pilcrow Foundation.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library for being the local sponsor.  And a big thanks to our book models.  Watch our video! 

(Make sure to turn on the sound).

Upcoming Events

Book Club Online:  Pick up your copy of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  The book club meets Mondays at 4:00 pm via skype.  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.  (Note there will not be a live Storytime Online on October 6th).

October 28th, 4:15 pm:  Library board meeting

CLOSED November 17th & 18th for staff training

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.

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Our mission:  "We provide all people with free and convenient access to resources for enjoyment, entertainment, and enrichment."






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