The Butte-Silver Bow Public Library provides a variety of suitable materials, services, and programs to meet the informational needs of the community members of all ages.
The library maintains a collection including books, newspapers, periodicals, audio-visual materials in several formats and online databases. Reference services, interlibrary loan and public access computers with internet connections are available. The library also provides information in person, by phone, or in writing.
The Library maintains three locations in Silver Bow County. The Main Branch is located in Historic Uptown Butte, the South Branch is based in the Butte Plaza Mall, and a third branch is located in the town of Melrose.
Mines and immigrant neighborhoods, labor unions and socialism, progressive schools and thriving theaters, saloons and brothels, the Columbia Gardens and the Berkeley Pit—all of these contribute to the historical legacy of Butte, Montana. The landscape of Butte today is filled with historic buildings and headframes, along with outdoor areas like the Highland Mountains and the nearby Boulder River. This collection contains books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, articles, and photographs exploring and showcasing the Butte areas rich history, including privately held items contributed by community members.
LGBTQ Voices of Butte is a project conducted by the Butte Public Library to document oral histories of leaders, members, and allies of the LGBTQ community. Oral histories conducted to date in Butte revolve heavily around the history of the mining industry. The goal of this project was to document the experiences of community members working towards advancing equality and societal affirmation of the LGBTQ community in Butte and Montana. Featured prominently in the eight interviews collected is PFLAG, an organization that unites people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning with families, friends, and allies; Butte Aids Support Services (BASS), a Southwestern Montana non-profit created to assist those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS; and the Butte United Congregational Church.