James E. Shanley Tribal Library was dedicated in September 2012. This striking facility houses the tribal library and computer lab. James E. Shanley Tribal Library was named in honor of Dr. James E. Shanley, retired Fort Peck Community College President, who was instrumental in Indian Country Higher Education for 40+ years and a tremendous library advocate.

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  • Fort Peck Tribal Library
    Box 398
    Poplar, MT 59255
  • Monday - Thursday
    8AM - 5PM
  • Friday
    8AM - 3PM
  • The Library will be closed on all Tribal holidays, and will follow the hours of the administration offices.

The Library opened in September 2012 in a brand new facility which has expanded include IT training area, distance learning classrooms and IT department offices. The expanded library computer lab provides word processing and World Wide Web access, as well as subscription databases free of charge to students and the community.

The Library has been designated a Tribal Library by the Tribal government and, as such, serves the whole reservation population as the major resource/research center for students, faculty, community and professionals. As an academic library, the Library will provide services and support for all courses offered at Fort Peck Community College.

The Library collection includes over 10,000 titles and 123 periodicals with periodical support being added by an online database funded by the Montana State Legislature. The Library is automated and materials are as close as a keystroke. Interlibrary loan is provided by a statewide consortium, which has made World Cat available online. World Cat makes library holdings from all over the U.S. available to Fort Peck library patrons. James E. Shanley Tribal Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).

Anyone who resides on or near the Fort Peck Reservation or is a student at FPCC can obtain a card at Fort Peck Tribal Library. Children under 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian to acquire a library card at James E. Shanley Tribal Library.

The Library provides family programming weekly to parents and children. Consult the Library for the schedule.

The Library has received funding and support from various charitable, federal and state resources. The Library has competed for and received federal grants. These grants have assisted the Library in full automation and several collection development projects with other libraries on the reservation and statewide. All these resources, as well as material contributions from individuals and other organizations and a general fund budget continue to enhance the Library resources and service capabilities.

Resources Online

Please contact the library for remote access passwords to the databases listed below.

American Indian Experience

The American Indian Experience (AIE) is a full-text digital resource exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States.

Designed, developed, and indexed under the guidance of Loriene Roy, the first Native American President of the American Library Association, and a team of American Indian librarians and scholars to meet the needs of teachers and their students, librarians and their patrons, researchers and the general public, The American Indian Experience offers access to an online library, featuring more than 150 volumes of scholarship and reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images. From Pre-contact to the present day, from the Inuit of the north to the Seminoles of Florida, AIE is meant for anyone wishing to learn more about America’s Native Peoples.


America's Historical Newspapers

    Explore every topic or aspect of American history, literature and culture from Colonization through Globalization. Provides a timeline and topic search for hundreds of digitized U.S. newspapers from colonial times through the American Revolution, Seminole War, Trail of Tears, Oregon Trail, Civil War, Reconstruction, Progressive Era, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, globalization and other eras.

  • America’s Historical Newspapers: Library Edition Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.



“CINAHL Full Text”, “Environment Complete,” “Chilton’s Automotive Guide” and “Small Engine Repair” and “Coin Career Library” have been added to the databases available from EBSCO which are accessed by using:



The successor to GPO Access, the Federal Digital System (FDSys) provides access to the Congressional Record, bills & laws, Presidential reports, the Federal Register, & the CFR from around the mid-1990's through the present.




James E. Shanley Tribal Library Online Catalog


Montana Library Network Catalog and WorldCat Interlibrary Loan Resources

Resources for access to books available at other libraries, also includes access to any information provided by the state of Montana, such as census, maps, hunting regulations and much more.


Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)


Tribal College Journal


World Book Online

Available to all Fort Peck Tribal Library patrons. Please ask the Library for user name and password.