Montana State Library Releases Videos Highlighting Impact of Libraries on Montanans

Earlier this year Montana State Library released a series of three videos that highlight the impact libraries have on the lives of Montanans.  The videos feature Montana library users and Montana librarians from around the state.

The videos were filmed at:

  • the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton;
  • the Hearst Free Library in Anaconda;
  • the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena;
  • the North Lake County Public Library in Polson;
  • the Sidney-Richland County Library in Sidney; and
  • the Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) Bus, which is a branch of the Missoula Public Library.

The videos feature stories from patrons, community members, and library partners that use their local library to learn how to run their home-based business using technology; assist job-seekers as they look for the right employment using library resources; complement their home-school curriculum with library resources and computers; learn how to use the latest technology resources; and manage their business in the oil fields of northeastern Montana.

The videos can be found on the MTLibraryNext You Tube channel, or at the following hyperlinks:

A 2011 survey of Montanans demonstrated that nearly 40% of Montana library patrons using their library’s public access computers were looking for a job.  Other uses of the public access computers as reported by Montana library patrons included email (79.5%); news and entertainment (41.9%); paying bills and managing finances (26.7%); taking an online course (15.7%); completing homework (15.7%); and signing up for public benefits (9%).

The videos were completed as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), a federally funded (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) project administered by the Montana State Library. Matching support for BTOP is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Montana State Library, and some participating public libraries.  Funding for the videos was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information, visit

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