The Bozeman Library shares the vision of the nation's founders that liberty and learning are inseparable and that a democratic people must have free, open and equal access to information. People of all ages will: ·have access to educational, cultural, and recreational resources to enhance their employment outlook, lifelong learning, and personal growth opportunities. ·be able to choose from a variety of cultural and recreational resources to enhance their personal growth. ·have a safe and open library environment with a variety of resources to foster a tolerant and civil community. Bozeman Public Library welcomes all, especially the young, to share in the joy of exploring the world of information and the realms of our imagination.
The Bozeman Public Library provides the community with free, open and equal access to general information on a broad array of topics; resources to promote personal growth and lifelong learning; popular materials to meet cultural and recreational needs; and the training needed to find, evaluate and use information effectively.
The Bozeman and Gallatin Valley History Collection is largely made up of three collections that provide a glimpse of the area and its inhabitants during the early part of the twentieth century. The life of a cowboy on the famous Flying D Ranch is conveyed by photographs taken during the 1930-1940s by Jim Pratt and Bill Shunk. Early colorized photos of the Bozeman Pass and Gallatin Canyon are the work of Wyoming photographer Jessamine Spear Johnson during a visit in 1927. The excitement of Bozeman’s own first wildwest show and rodeo, the 1920 Bozeman Roundup, appears in images captured by an unknown photographer.
Bozeman has always been a community of readers. The first effort to establish a library occurred in 1872 by the Young Men’s Association. The Bozeman Free Library was founded in 1890. During those early years, the Library changed locations several times and it was not until January 19, 1904 that it had its first permanent home with the opening of the Carnegie Library located at 35 North Bozeman Avenue. The Bozeman and Gallatin Valley Documents Collection includes materials from 1891-1944 pertaining to the Carnegie Library’s construction and furnishing, as well as governance documents including minutes of the board of directors meetings and reports from the head librarian to the city manager and commission. Also included are two donations by local authors given to the library during that period.