When the Library opened in the 1940's, Philipsburg had a place to borrow books. The Library no longer offers just books-on-the-shelf. You can download free books and audiobooks from your easy chair. The Partners Sharing Group allows you to find almost anything. The Library is a place to meet friends, do homework, use a computer or printer, use wireless or participate in one of its many programs. We are a community hub!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who runs the Library?
The Library is managed by our friendly staff:
Gina Vale, Librarian
Leslie Casey, Assistant Librarian
The Library is governed by the Town of Philipsburg and our Board of Directors:
Dustin Muhly, President
Linda Ransford, Secretary
Deb Peters, Director
Kristen Vicedomini, Director
Barbara Cahill, Director
Library Board Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.
The Library is supported by The Friends of the Philipsburg Library:
This group of dedicated volunteers lends a hand at library events, fundraises, and advocates on the library’s behalf.
What is changing at the Library?
Our Library is one of the smallest in Montana. The Library has outgrown its space, forcing more than 90% of its programs to be held in alternative locations. In the past two years our usage has more than doubled and continues to grow. With the help of donations, the Library recently purchased the building at 106 West Broadway- previously Broadway Trading. The goal is to not only provide a safe, clean, warm, technologically-equipped space for the Library programs, but a flexible space for community use.
The Library will be applying for grants to help furnish the new space and provide more programs.
In February 2018, Philipsburg-area voters elected to expand the library district and fund the library's operations with a mill levy. This will create a more stable operating budget for the library, starting in 2020.
What are the Library's guiding principles?
Connecting the Philipsburg community with resources that enrich, enlighten and entertain.
The Vision of the Philipsburg Public Library is to be deeply rooted in the community by:
Providing a doorway to the world through lifelong learning activities
Fostering literacy by creating opportunities to participate, connect, and discover
Making the most effective use of taxpayer funding