Missoula's central library was built in 1974.
Nixon was president. Woodward and Bernstein, Rose Kennedy, and Peter Benchley’s Jaws were on the New York Times bestseller list. Personal computer use was a sci-fi fantasy. Missoula County’s population was 62,000. Today, your public library operates in a building that was not designed for Montana's demographic shifts, the evolving role of public libraries in our culture, or the 21st century needs of this community.