Libraries and Resources

Missoula Public Library
301 E. Main St.
(406) 721-2665

  • All Missoula County residents can get a library card and check out books for no charge
  • Offers a wide variety of programs, including movie nights, family story times, and book discussion groups
  • Features free wireless internet access, 20-plus public internet stations, 2 study rooms, and print and audio-visual collections available for check-out
  • Features a dedicated Young Adult Room with computer access and lots of books and graphic novels for teenagers

Maureen & Mike Mansfield Library at UM
32 Campus Dr.
(406) 243-6866

  • Primarily serves University of Montana students, staff, and faculty
  • Offers access to electronic journals and books, a depository for federal documents, and a collection of unique and rare items pertaining to Montana and the UM

Parent’s, Let’s Unite for Kids (PLUK)
(800)222-7585

  • A Montana nonprofit that provides parents and professionals with training and information about schools, special education, and disability health care issues
  • Maintains a special needs lending library and offers one-on-one consultation and support or referrals
  • Provides workshops and trainings, shares invaluable information with families, educators, and health care providers with monthly newsletters and other publications

Families First
815 E. Front St., Ste. 3
(406) 721-7690

  • Helps strengthen families by providing guidance, information about raising kids, and support to parents
  • Services include classes and presentations, parenting consultations, a parenting helpline (1-800-346-ABCD), support for divorced or separated parents, bereavement programs, a lending library, and more
  • Founded the Children’s Museum of Missoula, which is located at 225 W. Front St.

The Flagship Program
(406) 532-9827

  • A school and community partnership that provides skill-building activities to Missoula youth after school
  • Available in at least ten Missoula County Public Schools
  • Activities are free and typically focus on arts, academics, and sports

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winn... more

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winn... more

Bookworms and Whangdoodles

By ELKE GOVERTSEN - The only advice I should ever give other parents is... more

Missoula History

The first inhabitants of the Missoula area were Native Americans from the Salish tribe.  They called the area “Nemissoolatakoo,” which translates roughly to “river of ambush," and eventually gave rise to... more

Montana Natural History Center

The Montana Natural History Center helps cultivate the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of nature through education. With a variety of programs for all ages, the Center helps both children a... more