Libraries are truly special spaces. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a research project, holding a community meeting, or if you’re just looking for that classic novel you haven’t read in years, the libraries of North Dakota will bring you only the best. Here are our favorites in the state.
Conveniently located in downtown Bismarck near the North Dakota State Capitol and the Heritage Center, the North Dakota State Library has shelves upon shelves of books on nearly every subject imaginable. The library offers a service to mail materials at no charge to any state citizen, as well as offer free professional research assistance. There is also a volunteer program for those who want to support the library!
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Opened in 1908 and expanded with funding from Andrew Carnegie, the library has long been a positive influence in the Minot community. Not only does the Minot Public Library have interesting books for everyone, they also offer fun programs for children, teens, and adults. Some of their many programs include an adult coloring club, books ‘n brews book club, LEGO club for kids, summer reading program, and more!
From kids storytime to computer classes to book clubs, the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library is more than just a library, it’s a community gathering place. Kids programs include Bismarck Animals Reading with Kids where kids can practice reading aloud with a dog, book club, movie club, storytime for kids of all ages, and much more. Make sure to stop by the coffee house in the main level, the Gifted Bean, for a refreshing beverage!
Located on the North Dakota State University campus, this huge library is a researcher’s paradise. The library, first opened in 1905, has access to historic newspapers and other documents, scientific journals, and other valuable research material. The library also offers research assistance for those who don’t know where to get started. No matter what subject you’re researching, North Dakota State University Library is an invaluable resource.
West Fargo Public library is one of the best libraries in the area, offering movie nights, technology tutoring, genealogy help, storytime, and much more. In addition to a plethora of books, services include activity passes like Metro Arts Pass and State Park Pass, meeting rooms, test proctors, laptops and tablets, cameras, photocopiers, and even a piano.
The Grand Forks Public Library offers programs for kids, teens, and adults alike. There is a Minecraft club, STEM makerspace, robotics club, summer and winter reading programs, storytime, chess club, knitting club, book clubs, and teen reading challenges. The knowledgeable staff is friendly and can help you with whatever you need, whether finding books on an obscure topic or researching your family history. The library even has a 3D printer available for those who want to try out this cutting edge technology!
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The Chester Fritz Library is not only the largest library at the University of North Dakota but also the largest library in the entire state. It houses over two million items and even has a Special Collections Department for research items like historical records, old newspapers, and genealogical resources. It is a great resource for researcher!
The Williston Community Library is dedicated to providing educational resources for all individuals in Williston and Williams County—and they’re doing a phenomenal job at it! There are events for children and teens like storytime, anime and movie club, STEM children’s club, and even an adult coloring club.
Dickinson Library has been around for more than a century. For more rural residents of the county, the library also offers a mobile book mobile. The library’s services include youth programs, events, conference rooms, study rooms, copy and fax machines, AARP sponsored tax aid from February through April, microfilm/microfiche reader/printer for public use, reference collection, and online eBooks.
From storytime to research materials to youth programs, the Garrison public library has something for everyone! Check their Facebook page for a schedule of their many family events.