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The Bowman Regional Public Library is the beacon for arts, culture and literacy in southwestern North Dakota. We offer free Internet access (including Wi-Fi), public meeting rooms, a used book sale room, grand piano and public art space. We are your place for help with your Kindle®, iPad® or Nook®. Download books and audiobooks or check out one of our collection of 22,000 items. Sign up for a library card today and join an institution that can save you money.

Our Mission

The mission of the Bowman Regional Public Library is to serve the informational needs and wants of Bowman area residents.

Our Vision

The Bowman Regional Public Library will maintain its reputation for quality public service. The library will be known in the community and in the surrounding area as the place to go for knowledgeable, friendly assistance, whether you are looking for information, exploring your cultural heritage, pursuing a hobby or other interest, wish to stimulate your child’s interest in reading and literature, access the internet, advance your studies, improve your literacy, find a good book, or use the many other library resources and services.

Read our Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan PDF

View our Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

Library Staff

Sarah Snavely, Library Director
Petra Larkin, Librarian
Kaitlin Brooks, Assistant Librarian

Board of Directors (City)

Jennifer Jones Wild, President
Ed Kvaale, Vice President
Edna Paulson
Jean Nudell
Darrell West

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Bowman Public Library City Board of Trustees, please contact the library, one of the current board members, or a member of the Bowman City Commission. No member may serve for more than two consecutive terms and shall not be eligible for reappointment until one year after the expiration of his or her second term. The Board of Trustees meets once a month, currently the third Monday of the month at 4 PM in the library.

Friends of the Library

The Library is currently working on establishing a Friends of the Library group. If you would like to be a part of this, call or email the Library director.

Library Services

The Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN) is your gateway to over 50 North Dakota libraries, including the Bowman Regional Public Library. Check your account, renew materials or place a hold here. Use your library card number and password to access your account .

The Library’s collection includes:

  • Books (Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult and Children’s picture books) as well as Large Print Adult fiction books
  • DVDs and VHS for children
  • DVDs for Adults in both fiction and non-fiction
  • Audio books on CD, MP3 and Downloadable formats
  • Over 100 Magazines and Newspapers
  • Special collections: North Dakota materials including a Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University Kiosk

Technology & Internet

  • The Library has 18 Public Access computers including:
  • 6 public access desktop computers
  • 4 public access laptop computers
  • Online catalog search terminal
  • 6 notebook computers in our Laptop Lab
  • 1 Public Access Technology Lab equipped with iMac, Scanner, Microphone, and more.
  • The internet is available to all library guests at no cost. You may be asked to relinquish your spot at the computer after 30 minutes during times of heavy computer usage and if someone is waiting. Children must have written parental permission to utilize the public access computers.
  • Technology Petting Zoo including Kindle®, iPad®, iPod® touch, and Nook® ereaders & tablets.
  • FAX machine is available. The Library may send, but not receive FAXs. $1.00 per page. Ask your librarian for help with this service.
  • COPYing services are available at the library for small, limited jobs. Copies are $.10 per page. Double sided copies are $.20 per page. Black & White only. Ask your librarian for help with this service.

Wi-Fi Internet Access

Free wireless internet access to users with their own computer. Three hotspots within the library. The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Choose Bowman Public Library-guest from your menu of available networks. The password is Library18. Library staff cannot assist you with your computer. There is no provision for printing from the wireless network. Your use of the Library’s wireless network must adhere to all Library policies. This network is filtered.

Have a Question? The Librarian may be able to help.

The Library offers classes aimed at lifelong learning. See the calendar for dates & times.

 Services for Disabled & Homebound.

  • Accessibility The Library is ADA compliant with powered doors, accessible restrooms and no stairs.
  • See the librarian for the text magnifier available for the vision-challenged. This device was donated by our local Lion’s club and is available for use within the library during library hours.
  • Books on Wheels. Library is looking for volunteers to deliver books to homebound patrons whom are unable to come to Library for health or physical reasons. If you would like to volunteer for this service, call or email the library for more information.

More Services

  • Reader’s AdvisoryWe love to share the titles of the books we are reading and to help you find the best materials that fit your needs. Ask the librarian for help or click here to get started.
  • Test Proctoring The Library strives to support opportunities for life-long learning. One of the ways we do this is by offering free proctoring services to our patrons. For more information see the librarian or call 523-3797.
  • Income Tax Forms The Library occasionally has Federal and State Income Tax forms available from mid-January to April. The IRS website has links to all forms which may be access and/or printed via computer.
  • Spanish Language materials The Library has Spanish language picture books for children as well as Rosetta Stone language software. Come to the library and enhance your English-speaking or Spanish-speaking skills. Thank you to the local and district Rotary Clubs and the Bowman County Commissioners for making this software available to our users.

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Take the 2015 Community Library Survey HERE

Whether you are a current user or have never used the Library, we are very interested in your input to plan for future services and to prioritize resources. By taking this anonymous survey, your input will help shape the Library’s Strategic Plan. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEJZVmlDd09TMHQ1aFFxWmJKNXdNR0E6MA#gid=0 Paper/pencil copies are also available at the library. Thank you!