The mission of the Red Lodge Carnegie Library is to engage our community with 21st Century materials, services, and technology to enhance literacy, civic, educational, and cultural opportunities.
8th Street and Broadway / PO Box 1068
COVID-19 Response Update – October 15, 2020
Due to the increase in local cases, the Red Lodge Carnegie Library building will be closed to public traffic effective Thursday, October 15.
The Library Board and Director have made this difficult decision in an effort to protect library staff as well as the public and to ensure that we can continue to provide curbside services to our community. This policy is in place until further notice and will be reevaluated every two weeks.
Curbside services will be available Monday through Friday, including pickup of library materials, print jobs, and weekly Take & Make Crafts. Help with curbside services and general reference assistance is available via phone (446-1905) and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Library materials can be returned 24/7 via the After Hours slot located in the door frame of the south entry.
We plan to implement mobile printing, wireless hotspots available for checkout, and limited devices available for checkout in the coming weeks.
Wireless Internet: Our WiFi is available 24/7 outside of the building. Select the network RLCL and enter password Rlcl1234
We encourage patrons to continue utilizing MontanaLibrary2Go (AKA Overdrive or Libby) to check out downloadable audiobooks and ebooks. If you would like more information, need your library card number, or need to sign up for a library card for the first time, please let us know.
We will not begin accepting material donations until the Friends of the Library Book Sales resume.
Library staff are available to offer assistance Mondays to Fridays via phone (446-1905) or email (email@example.com).
Hours (October 15, 2020)
Curbside Pickup of Materials and/or Print Jobs & Staff Assistance via Phone and Email
Mondays – Fridays
The Red Lodge City Library opened in the Savoy Hotel in 1914 thanks to the efforts of the Red Lodge Women’s Club. The Club sought the assistance of Andrew Carnegie in securing a permanent library facility. Carnegie donations required that a local governing body provide the building site, promise to arrange for the financial assistance needed for the maintenance of the library, and offer free service for all. The City of Red Lodge agreed to do that, and in 1914, Red Lodge was awarded a $15,000 towards the construction of the library. The building was delayed by World War I, with completion of the facility in 1919. The Red Lodge Carnegie Library opened its doors to the community in early 1920. In 1992, a generous donation by the Koski family allowed for a substantial expansion of the original Carnegie building. The Red Lodge Carnegie Library is located on the north end of the Red Lodge Commercial Historical District. The Library Board strives to maintain the historical integrity of the community’s beloved Carnegie building and proudly celebrated 100 years of service to the community in January 2020.
Services and Programs
All library services and programs are free and open to the public. The only exceptions are printing and copying, which costs 10 cents per page for single-sided printing and 15 cents per page for double-sided printing, the almost-monthly Friends of the Library Book Sales, where hardcover books are sold for $1.00 and paperbacks for 25 cents, and the monthly Friends of the Library Lunch & Learn programs, where the program itself is free but the lunch (homemade soup, bread, and dessert) is available to purchase for $5.
Programs and services include: Reference & Information Services, Test Proctoring, Federal Income Tax Forms, Public Access Computers, Wireless Internet Access, Printing, Copying, Scanning, Audiobooks, Billings Job Service Testing Site, Friends of the Library Book Sales, Preschool & School Outreach, Storytime, Book Club Kits, Summer Reading Program, Interlibrary Loan, Special Programs for Children, Young Adults, and Adults, Public Meeting Space, Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks, Community Announcement Board, Books, DVDs, Newspapers & Magazines, and Public Review Site for Local and State Documents,
The Red Lodge Friends of the Library provides supplemental funding for library materials and programs and provides volunteers for the Book Sales and the Library Gardens. The Friends raise funds through membership, donations, the Fun Run for Charities, and the Book Sales.
The library programs and services are well-used by the Red Lodge community. In fiscal year 2018-2019, an average of 476 patrons visited the library each week. The library offered 121 programs for children, young adults, and adults, with a total attendance of 2,500. There are 17,201 physical books, 837 physical audiobooks, and 1,261 physical videos in the library’s collection, and patrons also have access to a statewide shared collection of 23,085 eBooks and 17,125 downloadable audiobooks. The library maintained subscriptions to 15 newspapers and magazines. The library has 2,473 registered borrowers that reside in Red Lodge or Carbon County. Including the downloadable collection, the library’s annual circulation in FY19 was 21,990.
In FY19, the 10 public access computers were used an average of 94 times per week. An average of 55 users per week accessed the library’s wireless internet during library hours, with many others likely using the signal when the library was closed. Staff provide one-on-one technology assistance on a daily basis, an average of 16 times per week. The library’s free internet access continues to be highly valued both by locals and by the many visitors that pass through Red Lodge each year.
The Red Lodge Carnegie Library is a department of the City of Red Lodge. The building and grounds are city property, and library staff are employed by the city. The library is governed by a Library Board of Trustees, a five-member citizen board appointed by the Red Lodge City Council, which has legal authority to provide free library services to the residents of Red Lodge and also to the residents of Carbon County. In exchange, Carbon County collects a library mill levy, a portion of which is given each year to the Red Lodge Carnegie Library based on an interlocal service agreement. These county funds, in addition to funding from the state of Montana, supplement those apportioned by the City of Red Lodge from general fund taxes. Due to the agreement with Carbon County, the service area population of the library is estimated to be 5,197; a large portion of these residents are seasonal.
The Red Lodge Carnegie Library Board meets monthly. Regular meetings occur at 6 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Meetings are held in the library Reading Room and are open to the public. (Note: Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently held via Zoom, on the same day and time. Contact Library Director Jodie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for Meeting ID and Password.) Trustees are appointed to a five-year term and may serve no more than two full terms in succession. Trustees are appointed (or reappointed) on July 1 of each year. Openings are posted in the Carbon County News and at City Hall, the Post Office, and the Library. Anyone interested in applying for an open position may submit a letter of interest to Library Director Jodie Moore at PO Box 1068 or email@example.com.