Research Library

George C. Ruhle library building and sign.
The George C. Ruhle Library is located in Glacier National Park's headquarters area.


Glacier National Park's George C. Ruhle Library serves park staff, volunteers, visiting researchers, and members of the general public. The collection consists of books, magazines, articles, and pamphlets relating to the history, culture, geology, animals, and plants of Glacier National Park.

  • Browsing. Our online catalog is available through the National Park Service Library Program. Researchers may also want to search the National Park Service Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) Portal for past and current research conducted within national park sites.
  • Access. The general collection is open to everyone, free of charge. There is NO public internet access in the library. Food and drinks are prohibited.
  • Copies of materials. Copyright rules must be observed. Photocopying is available. Digital photos (without flash) are allowed. Please be aware that fragile items may not be copied.
  • Research. The library staff is able to perform limited research for patrons by email, mail, or in person. Please allow up to one month for all research requests. It is recommended that extensive research be done in person.

Library Operations

Hours of Operation

Library hours fluctuate depending on the time of year. Appointments are strongly recommended. Please make use of the catalog and other online resources before coming to the library.

Contact Information

Anya Helsel, Librarian
Research Library
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

e-mail us
Phone: (406) 888-7932
Fax: (406) 888-5824

Support the Library

Join the Glacier National Park Conservancy. This organization is a non-profit entity cooperating with the National Park Service to advance educational programs, including the library, to promote understanding and appreciation of the park.

Donate. The George C. Ruhle Library is always seeking donations to enhance the current collection. Contact the librarian for information about donating documents or other materials.

Volunteer. Volunteers are always welcome! For more information, see the Glacier National Park volunteer page, or contact the librarian. The librarian would also be happy to discuss internships or practicums with students enrolled in Library Studies programs.

Last updated: January 13, 2017