Your Connection to Lifelong Learning

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Established in 1886 as the first chartered public library in Dakota Territory, Howard Library provides the community with free, open and equal access to general information on a broad array of topics; resources to promote personal growth and lifelong learning; popular materials to meet cultural and recreational needs; and the training to find, evaluate and use information effectively. A more detailed history can be found here.


Monday: 2:30 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:30 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:30 to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 2:30 to 9:00 pm
Friday: 2:30 to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 to 12:00 pm


The Howard Public Library is funded by your tax dollars as a resident of Miner County. As a result, you are already a member! To check out media, we ask you to review our policies and give us your contact information. It's that simple. Our collection is diverse and includes many genres, including romance, horror, western, graphic novels/manga, historical, and YA fiction. Our children's library is also growing and includes many classic and new titles. Curious about what we have? Come in and see for yourself or contact us on Facebook or via email at the bottom of the page.


Beyond books, we have a diverse collection of DVD's, which are also free to use for seven days.


Our computers are free to use, and we also have free Wi-Fi and charging stations. Bring your own devices and sit in your vehicle, pull up a bean bag chair or sit at a table.

Printer and Fax

Black & White: 10 cents
Colored: 25 cents
Faxes can be sent from here, through the auditor's office. It is free to use for residents of Miner County.


He's that handsome guy up there. Copeland is the head librarian's dog who sometimes comes to pay a visit.

News & Announcements


March 17th
Monday, February 26, 2018

Music, crafts and stories for St. Patrick's Day.

April 7th
Monday, February 26, 2018

Building day! We will be setting up stations for Legos and Kinex building. Bring your imagination and we will provide the rest!

April 21st
Monday, February 26, 2018

Farm babies will be visiting. Emu debut! Peeps, bunnies, goats, and birds, oh my!

May 5th
Monday, February 26, 2018

Cinco de Mayo! Make your own piƱata and learn more about the real Cinco de Mayo including some new Spanish words, phrases and music. Led by Christie and Micahela Bourn.

May 19th
Monday, February 26, 2018

Plant your roots at the library! Taryn Albert and Christie will be planting native plants around the library with your help. All ages are encouraged to come and get dirty!

Library Lore

Library Lore is a series of articles printed in the Pioneer and written by head librarian Christie Voeltz.

Library Lore #1
Library Lore #2
Library Lore #3


DMV Permit Practice Tests
Thanks to a partnership with Driving the Howard Public Library is proud to offer practice tests to students preparing for their South Dakota Drivers Permit. Click on the icon to visit our exclusive website, where you can choose from several different permit tests. No library card number or personal information is needed! This resource is also great for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of South Dakota traffic laws or needing their license renewed.

Online Resources
Your Gateway to Genealogy, Newspapers, Periodicals, Reference, Health & Medicine, Language Learning, Chilton Automotive, ProQuest and much more.

South Dakota Titles to Go
Download audio books and e-books.

Check Out Our Facebook Page
While this website is being renovated, news and updates can be found at our Facebook page.

Useful Links


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