Great Falls Public Library

301 2nd Ave North
Great Falls, Montana 59401

Fax 406-453-0181

Fri, Sat 10am - 6pm
Tu-Th 10am - 8pm
Sun 1pm - 5pm
Mon Closed



Mondays -  CLOSED

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm

Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm 

Sundays 1pm - 5pm

  *The Great Falls Public Library is open Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm seasonally October 2nd through May 21st* 

*Library Closures

The library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 in observance of Easter Sunday.

 The library will be closed on Saturday, May 27 in recognition of Memorial Day.





Librarians Seek Day of Action After Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Award Proposed to Drop by 20 Percent in Montana


 The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) notified the Montana State Library that our official FY 2017 Award for Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) monies is $849,608. That’s a drop of $216,000 from last year’s $1.06 million – a staggering 20 percent decrease.

The IMLS grant makes up about 20 percent of the Montana State Library’s annual budget. It’s also 40 percent of the budget for library development and Talking Book Library Services in Montana. Those funds are paired with local, state, and non-profit funds to support statewide efforts such as:

·        MontanaLibrary2Go, which gives Montanans around the state access to downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. Last year, they downloaded more than 690,000 books – the equivalent of six times the population of Montana’s largest city.

·        Montana Shared Catalog gives patrons in Prairie County (service population: 1,179; annual budget: $53,708) the same access to resources as patrons in Billings (service population: 141,254; annual budget: $3.5 million).  Nearly 400,000 Montanans have a library card at a facility that uses the Montana Shared Catalog.

·        Montana Memory Project, which works with libraries and museums to digitize and preserve Montana’s memories. More than 87,000 unique visitors visited the MMP in 2016 to view 445,000 pages of content.

·        Ready2Read, an early literacy program offered by 78 of Montana’s 82 public libraries, where librarians/parents incorporate early learning skills into their work with children.  In some communities, the library is the only place in town that offers early literacy story times and training.

·        Professional development opportunities for librarians helped them earn almost 3,500 credits of continuing education last year – many of them from the 231 credit hours the State Library either offered or arranged for librarians.

Thursday, April 13, is national Take Action for Libraries Day. It will highlight the library community’s efforts to safeguard funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The American Library Association (ALA) is asking librarians, library workers and patrons to advocate for full funding of IMLS by making at least five calls to their legislators to ask for full support.

“If the Montana State Library loses this funding – which significantly reduce costs for local libraries – these services and more are in jeopardy,” said State Librarian Jennie Stapp. “For example, a large Montana library that is a member of the Montana Shared Catalog pays about $30,000 to have access to a state-of-the-art library system, which gives their patrons access to more than 1 million items in Montana libraries. The library would have to pay $79,000 for the same system if it purchased it on their own. That’s a savings of 62 percent.

“For MontanaLibrary2Go, a small library pays about $531 for the service,” Stapp added. “It would cost about $5,000 if the library purchased it on their own – a savings of 89 percent. By working together and leveraging these federal funds, libraries reduce the burden for local taxpayers while giving Montana residents access to world-class library services.”

We must stand-up and voice our support for libraries to legislators and local, state and federal leaders,” added ALA President Julie Todaro. “Librarians and library workers transform lives every day though educational resources and expert guidance. While many value the contributions of libraries, libraries can’t live on love alone. The loss of crucial federal funding will have a profound impact on library service and the more than 1. 5 billion who rely on them.”



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 For more information, contact State Librarian Jennie Stapp at 406/444-3116.


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Summer Reading Planning Meeting


Mark your calendars!  Are you interested in supporting the kids of Great Falls by volunteering for the Great Falls Public Library’s Summer Reading Program?  The Great Falls Public Library Youth Services Department would like to invite parents, other community members age 15 and older, and representatives of community organizations to attend an informational and planning meeting on Saturday, April 29th at 12:30pm in the Cordingley Room (library basement).  This meeting will take place immediately following the Super Secret Storytime Party at 11:30am, and children under 15 are welcome to attend.  (A very special snack will be served at the party-ask library staff for details.)



GFPL Foundation News

 The Great Falls Public Library Foundation is excited to announce that their annual Book-A-Thon fundraiser has reached new heights.  As of December 31, 436 donors had given $40,629 for the purchase of juvenile and young adult books and other materials. 
“That’s more than was received for the entire 2015 campaign and the most ever for the December 31 cut off,” said Gail Carter, President of the Foundation.  The Foundation typically receives an additional $3,000-$5,000 after January 1st, which would make this giving year a record-breaking year for the organization.

 The Book-A-Thon began in 1990 and during that first year received $12,966 from 171 donors who were “cold called.”  The fundraiser has since transitioned to a letter campaign and flyer distribution method of raising funds.  Each year one half of the funds raised went toward purchasing juvenile and young adult materials and the other half was invested by the Foundation for the future.  Beginning this year, 100% of the funds raised will go directly for purchasing materials. 

 Library Director Kathy Mora stated, “We simply could not have the caliber of youth collections in our library without the support of the Foundation and our very generous community.  These donations give us more flexibility in budgeting for materials, so all the library’s collections benefit.”

For more information on the Library Foundation, call the library at 453-0349 or visit the Foundation’s website at


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