Hearst Free Library

Anaconda, Montana

About the Library

The Library strives to provide the best service available. We pride ourselves on being a forward thinking and innovative library. As such, we are part of the 2005 Montana Library Association "Library of the Year" winning partnership known as the Montana Shared Catalog Partner Sharing Group. This affiliation simply means if we don't have what you're looking for, we can get it.

Stylized image of the front of the Hearst Free Libraryimage courtesy of
Steve Little

If you find something in our catalog that you want, whether we own it or not, place a hold on it and it will be shipped to us. We'll call you when it comes in. The Hearst Free Library strives to reach a varied audience.

The Library provides programs, materials, and services to meet the cultural and information needs of the people of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County. To meet these goals, the Library provides a variety of services including the Anaconda Community Literacy Program, free wireless internet, and 10 public computers with internet access. And of course the Library provides access to an ever growing print book and CD and downloadable audio-book collection. We are also very proud of our wide array of films available on DVD.

Our hours are:

By order of the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Health Department, the library will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Meeting Room Information

The Library allows groups to meet at the library for cultural, civic, or educational activities. No commercial meetings will be allowed. Space and times are limited due to ongoing classes and use of the Second floor computer labs. All meetings must be approved by the Library Director at least one week in advance.

Wireless Internet

We have it. It's available throughout the building and can be picked up on the front porch of the library after hours.

Our Circulation Policies in a Nutshell

Hearst Free Library is a proud member of the Montana Shared Catalog — Partner Sharing Group. This group includes Missoula Public Library, Drummond School and Community Library, Flathead County Library (Kalispell and all of its branches), Mineral County Library (Superior), Polson City Library, North Valley Public Library (Stevensville), Bitterroot Public Library (Hamilton), Lincoln County Library (Libby and all of its branches), Miles City Public Library, Miles Community College Library, Glendive Public Library, Livingston Park County Library, and Laurel Public Library.

If we don't have what you are looking for here in this library, we can ask one of our Partners to send you their copy. Just ask us how.


Our circulation rules are simple. Most of our items can be checked out for 28 days, unless it is marked as a new book, which checks out for 14 days. You are allowed two renewals, unless another patron has a hold on the item. The Library does limit DVD check outs to 10 per person.

If you bring something back late, we charge .10 cents a day for a fine. If you think your books are late, please call us to renew them. If you have overdue items, you may still check out, provided the estimated or accrued fines are under $10.00.


You may place up to 40 holds at a time. All holds are processed on a first come, first served basis. The Library will notify you by telephone, within 24 hours that your hold is available.

After-hours Book Return

An after-hours book return is located as a book slot on the 4th Street door. Items left in that drop box are retrieved the following morning and checked in with the previous day's date.

Reference Desk Information

You can call, email, or stop in the library to ask a reference question. We are happy to help you find the answer to almost any question. If we cannot answer your question, we will tell you so, but hopefully be able to direct you to another source for your information needs. Please do not hesitate to ask us anything. We will try our best to help you.

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