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Libraries and Library Organizations
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Montana's library system has grown significantly since the state first started to support the system in 1929. Today there are 82 public libraries and 34 branch libraries serving Montana residents, about 500 elementary and high school libraries, and 27 academic libraries in post-secondary institutions. In addition, there are 6 institutional libraries and about 52 special libraries meeting the specialized needs of businesses, hospitals and government agencies.
All of Montana's publicly funded libraries work in partnership with one another and their local communities to form information networks and provide a better return on the citizens' investment. Thanks to advanced technologies, libraries use networks to locate and borrow books and materials, fax and email services to transfer information via telephone lines, and satellites and modems to provide ongoing educational opportunities to rural areas. With improved cooperation among different types of libraries and better access to expanding technologies, Montana libraries are improving access to information locally, regionally and internationally.
The Montana Library Directory, an annual directory of all of the libraries in Montana, is compiled by the State Library and is available online on the State Library web site.
In this chapter, you will find some of the libraries and library support organizations that you will come in contact with as a trustee. Many of these can provide valuable support in helping you to be an effective trustee.