Butte Public Library - Main Branch

226 West Broadway
Butte, MT 59701

406-723-3361

History

In November 1890, Mountain View Mine Owner Charles Larabie gave $10,000 towards the construction of a library building in Butte. By 1893, the Butte Public Library, trimmed with granite lintels, arches, sills, and stained glass windows, became a reality. The library officially opened in 1894 at 106 West Broadway. Just over a decade later on the morning of September 24, 1905, a fire spread from businesses on Park and Galena and damaged the building. The repaired building served Butte as a public library until March 27, 1960, when yet another fire on the upper floor of the library caused the collapse of the roof and the third floor. Architect Walt Hinick salvaged the main floor and basement, but the turret, upper floors, and much of the stained glass could not be saved.

In October 1991, the original library building closed and the current library location at 226 West Broadway opened with the help of book brigade volunteers.

In October 2008, Helen Elsmore donated the original stained glass window from the old Butte library tower. It is currently on display on the first floor of the library.

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »


Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus; additional AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today

JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR

  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Butte
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner
JOIN NOW