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Our mission: maintain a citizens’ association devoted to libraries; focus public attention on the Missoula Public Library, its branches, and their needs; increase Library capacity and services; and enrich the cultural lives of Missoula area citizens with community events and activities.
"Happy is the house that shelters a Friend."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Board Members

President: Barbara Theroux

Member: Alice Daily

Member: Greg Tollefson

Member: Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson

Member: Nora Morris

Member: Minie Smith

Member: Lois Welch

Member: Barbara Gauch

How to Donate

Gifts can be sent to: Friends of the Library at 455 E. Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

What We Do

The Friends the Library provided the seed money for and continues to support the library’s growing Book Kit collection. Perfect for book groups, these discussion kits include 10 copies of a title, plus discussion questions, author information, reviews, and more! Learn more about Book Kits

With our sponsorship, the 2nd Wednesday Book Group meets once a month to discuss a new book. We purchase multiple copies of selected titles and provide them for Book Group Members at cost. Learn more about the 2nd Wednesday Book Group or Call the Library at 721-BOOK (2665) if you’re interested in this active and exciting book discussion group.

In July 1998 the Friends developed and sponsored the Library’s Reach Out! Project. Staff and volunteers make visits to senior residence homes bringing library materials to individuals who may have difficulty visiting the Library. The result is new library users, books in the hands of readers, and a renewed commitment to all Missoula residents.

The Friends of the Missoula Public Library are pleased to announce the creation of the Montana Book Award. Begun in 2002, this annual award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book published during the year. Eligible titles will be set in Montana, deal with Montana themes or issues, or be written, edited, or illustrated by a Montana author or artist. Books for all ages will be considered for the award. Visit the Montana Book Award website.

Summer Reading Program
Poetry workshops
Children’s and young adult programs
Large type books
Library book gabs
Remote book drops
Sunday Music
Special events
Staff celebrations
National Library Week events
Prairie garden
Montana Book Award
Lawyers for Libraries
Missoula Reads
Volunteer celebrations
Staff room improvements

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