About Our Libraries

Carbon Valley LibraryCarbon Valley Branch Library

The Carbon Valley Library serves as a regional library for the southwest area of High Plains Library District. The 35,000 square-foot building houses approximately 105,000 items including movies, music, magazines, a Spanish-language materials collection and plenty of books. The library features two meeting rooms that are available for community members to reserve. It also houses four study rooms, a vending café, and an outdoor patio seating area.

This library focuses on providing materials for all age groups, from board books for babies to large print books. Programming runs the gamut as well with story times for children ages birth to six years old, a Teen Advisory Board and a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities for teens, book discussion groups, job search assistance, computer classes for adults and more. We also serve as a Weigh and Win location.

The library maintains a special focus on early literacy efforts, including a variety of activity stations and events to help our young readers develop their love of reading and skill sets for life-long literacy.

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park Branch Library

Located in the heart of Greeley, the Centennial Park Library is a neighborhood library with services for all ages. With over 130,000 items on the shelves, 47 public computers, and free wifi, we have something for everyone’s taste. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is always ready to assist with your information needs.

This library puts a strong emphasis on services to children. The children’s room features kid friendly spaces and activities as well as the apple-shaped story time theater. Newbury and Caldecott collections are shelved for easy access. There are five children’s computers providing educational games for literacy and technology skill building.

Teens: need a place to study, relax and read a book, or just hang out with friends?  Check out the Teen Corner.  The Teen Corner includes a lounge space and study tables, power outlets for all of your devices, and special displays for new books.  The Teen Room has four dedicated computer for teen use in the afternoon during the school year from 3 to 5 PM, and more tables to work on homework, projects or just a quiet space to read.  The CP Teen Advisory Board also meets in the Teen Room on the second Monday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30.

Centennial Park Library also houses the High Plains Library District’s Genealogy collection. The Genealogy Desk is staffed with volunteers in partnership with the Weld County Genealogical Society. The Society contributes more than 750 volunteer hours each year assisting patrons with their genealogical research.

The Centennial Park Branch features conference and meeting room facilities, as well as individual study rooms, which are available for community use and can be reserved using this link http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1435681-ceVXJCT6js

Erie LibraryErie Community Library

Erie Community Library, a full-service library for all ages, opened on January 12, 2008. The collection consists of nearly 60,000 items and focuses on popular materials in all areas (books, cassettes, CDs, and DVDs). The library also offers free WiFi, daily courier service from other HPLD libraries, and access to many online databases.

Unique features of Erie Community Library include a living room with a fireplace, an outdoor patio with a firepit, mobile computers and a 40-seat community meeting room. Children will enjoy programming in the Storytime Kite, while Teens will relax in their own area, designed especially for them.

The Peace Garden, with ties to children’s literature, has been moved from the Lorraine David Children’s Library to Erie Community Library. It is located on the north side of the building, near the children’s area. Also, the children’s section was named after Lorraine David, resident of Erie who worked for a decade to establish the Erie Library Association and the Children’s Library.

The Erie Community Library hosts a wide variety of programs, classes, storytimes and activities for the entire family. View our calendar of events here. Library staff are also available for visits to schools, community organizations and clubs. Group tours of the library can also be arranged by calling the Erie Community Library.

Farr Regional LibraryFarr Regional Library

The Farr Library serves as a regional library for the High Plains Library District. The 38,000 square-foot building houses approximately 125,000 items, 34 public computers, and free wifi access. Built in 2002 and named for prominent Greeley resident, W.D. Farr, the recently renovated Farr Regional Library features a drive up book drop, community meeting rooms, a café/vending area, 5 study rooms and a fireplace which has become a favorite spot for readers in the winter.

The Farr Branch is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Farr Branch provides visitors with free public access to grants directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases.

The Farr Library offers a wide range of library programs, from storytimes for young customers, to one on one computer help sessions, homework help sessions, and book clubs for adults.

Lincoln Park BranchLincoln Park Branch Library

Lincoln Park Library serves the downtown community by providing library service to the nearby neighborhoods and the downtown business district.

This full-service library offers free computers, Wi-Fi and computers with age appropriate learning activities and games for children. A wide variety of fun and unique programs for children, adults, and teens encourage reading, literacy, education and cultural diversity. The library also offers a small meeting room with capacity for 40 people for community use.

As of May 2016 the library is located in a temporary location while the High Plains Library District determines the best option for a permanent downtown library.

Riverside Library & Cultural Center

Riverside Library, located in Old Town Evans, opened in Fall 2014 and is fast becoming a destination library for neighborhoods surrounding the library and the Evans community. The 18,500 square foot library is part of a joint use cultural center which is operated and maintained by the City of Evans. The library can hold up to 36,000 items and provides 30 public access computers.
The library features four study rooms, a fireplace, plenty of casual seating and a multi-purpose room for community and library programs. The building also includes large, well-equipped meeting rooms, local history displays, a café, office spaces, a police sub-station, an electric vehicle charging station and an outdoor plaza.

outreach-van-3000x4000Mobile Services

The Outreach Department provides popular materials in various formats, reading readiness training and materials for families and programming. These services are provided to schools, daycares, preschools, assisted living centers and senior centers in areas where economic, geographic, linguistic and other barriers hinder access to Branch or Member libraries.

The Outreach Department provides off-site programming which includes story times, book talks, bilingual presentations and special events and deposit collections.

We also partner with LAN (Literacy Agency Network) to provide literacy services in Weld County.

Three people sitting in computer room typing and smilingVirtual Library

The Virtual Library began offering patron support to individuals not physically in a library in early 2012. Virtual Library staff is responsible for answering all incoming calls to the library as well as responding to emails and chat requests. The Virtual Library is housed within the Farr Regional Library, but is operated with its own designated staff. The Virtual Library can help you request or renew items, troubleshoot ebook questions, register you for programs, reserve a Meeting Room and much more. The friendly staff will answer your question as efficiently as possible, or direct you to the appropriate staff member in a timely, professional manner.

crop_sm_ft_lupton_tempFort Lupton Public and School Library

This library is funded by the entire community, including the High Plains Library District, Fort Lupton Schools and the City of Fort Lupton. This joint library is housed in the Fort Lupton High School building.

Mission and Services
The mission of the Fort Lupton Public and School Library is to provide all people with access to information for education, enlightenment and entertainment.

o To promote the love of reading and an interest in books as sources of information and entertainment
o To respond to the dynamics of our changing community
o To provide resources that support student achievement
o To aid in the preservation of the area’s cultural heritage

Services
• Friendly, professional staff to help you with your information needs.
• Access to materials from other libraries.
• Audio-visual equipment loans.
• Meeting space.
• Library tours.
• Library instruction.
• Internet access.
• Special events and programs.
• Story Times
• Reading Groups

Purpose
The continuing and fundamental purpose of the Fort Lupton Public and School Library shall be to provide all people in the library service area with the opportunity to access and use information for education, enlightenment, entertainment and lifelong learning. (FLP/SL Policy Handbook).

The mission of the Fort Lupton Public and School Library is to provide all people with access to information for education, enlightenment, and entertainment. (FlP/SL Policy Handbook—Rev. 1996).

Library History

December 30, 1976

To Whom It May Concern:

Since Ft. Lupton combined its old public library and the former high school library in one brand new facility which was designed for such usage in the new high school, we have been asked by several communities about the experience and I shall attempt to give here my own personal opinions on the adventure.

First of all, I am pleased to say that it is working better than I feared it might for a time. Adults who opposed the merger are coming in to check out books and equipment though they seem to prefer to come during hours when students are not in school. Some adults are not intimidated by the possibility of meeting students in the library and come during the day when students may be in the room. Students seem not to be bothered by the presence of adults, and the small children who come as public library patrons during the day are enchanted by their special little area.

From the beginning of negotiations for such a combined effort I would urge all communities who consider such a step to realize that all will not be perfect but that the advantages will surely outweigh the disadvantages.

We have gained:
• A very special and understanding professional librarian to direct and supervise all school libraries and the public library collection. This person needs to be one who is going to be able to give more time than he or she is paid for, unfortunately, and one who can administer the other personnel and the budget in professional and understanding manner. This position calls for diplomacy and pragmatism.
• A beautiful new and modern library and media center with materials and equipment to loan to both public and school patrons and lovely surroundings in which they can study and read.
• An off-street parking lot near the front door of the library with no steps to prevent entrance by elderly and the handicapped.
• A conference room and meeting room that can be used by community and school groups.
• An enlarged collection in one place. Few school classes used the old public library, and it was difficult for busy students to find a time to use it since it was not open any night and only one lunch hour during the school week. The old high school library was not open at noon hour either.
• Better use of budget money provided by the same taxpayers who support both public and school libraries. For a little over $700 more than the 1976 budget the public library was gaining maintenance, lights, telephone, extended book and materials collection, meeting rooms, media equipment, and services of a professional librarian and a media technician. The school gained 20% of the budget support from the city and a collection of some 8,000 books. The school collection was woefully meager as the district had always been very poor and had not really considered the library a priority. With the advent of the oil and gas industry to the school district and a superintendent who was interested in libraries, this situation has turned around. This is not to say that previous superintendents were not interested in libraries. The money was just not there, and school boards were inclined to use it elsewhere.
• The establishment of a library board which may be able to see better the entire library picture than either the school or the city library board. The library trustees are now forced to look at a larger picture and allocate budget items accordingly.

Now for some of the disadvantages:
• Some of the older public library patrons are still not happy with the merger. They were accustomed to very special attention in the old library which really was there to serve all of the students in the schools as well as the adults. It so happened that the students who could have used it preferred not to or found it impossible to use it because of the inconvenient hours for students.
• At times it is difficult for the director to decide who is her boss, the school or the library board. With certain personalities this could be a real headache for all concerned. There must be a middle road where all can agree as to the chain of command. Good written policy should help to smooth the way in this rather touchy area.
• The director must at times feel overwhelmed with all that has to be done. Trustees must be willing to share a part of the burden of public relations, moral support and obtaining volunteers.

In my opinion the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Many of the taxpayers, not necessarily library patrons, feel that combined libraries are the only way to go with the increased demands on all public monies and that maintaining one good facility is much better business than having two inadequate ones.

Whatever decision is agreed upon in any community in regard to combining libraries, the people involved have to make up their minds that it is going to work and set about to seeing that it does. No human institution is ever perfect, and the best that we can do is to make the institutions better than they were. You can’t please all of the people! You are building for the future while improving the present, and it all takes courage.

I have tried to cover questions which have been asked and many that have not, and if you have others which I might address, please feel free to write or call.

Sincerely,

Mary M. (Peg) Carlson
303 S. Park Ave.
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Advantages of a Community Library

The library service area includes more than 12,000 people. The high school has about 725 students in grades 9-12 and about 60 teachers.

FACILITIES:
The library moved into a new facility in December 1993. The new facility is located on the east end of the high school building occupying 16,500 sq. ft. This facility includes one meeting room that will accommodate approximately 50 people. This meeting room includes a small kitchen counter area and a restroom. The remainder of the library includes public restrooms, a children’s area, public access computers, an adult quiet reading area complete with a gas fireplace, four offices, a staff lounge with kitchen and restroom facilities, and an equipment storage room. This new library shares a parking lot with the high school faculty. This lot however has ten spaces reserved for library patron use. These spaces are located nearest the doors. Telephones, intercom, utilities, and custodial and maintenance services are provided by the school.

The original public library had an area of 1,680 square feet, and the original high school library had about the same amount of space at that time.

STAFF:
The library has a competent staff of eleven people including the library director, a children’s librarian, a media specialist, and an outreach librarian, six library technicians, and four students. A library technician maintains the index of THE FORT LUPTON PRESS, our local newspaper, started by two volunteers.
The original public library had two part-time paraprofessional staff members who operated the library. The high school library was staffed by one school librarian.
All library staff are employees of the school district. The professional librarians are paid on the certified personnel schedule and all paraprofessional library employees are paid on the classified personnel schedule.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT:
Audio-visual materials and equipment were not available to the community at large before the libraries were merged. Now all materials and equipment are available to all members of the community.

A preponderance of the print materials owned by the library came from the public library collection. Each user group benefited from merging the two collections. The large fiction collection from the public library complemented the predominantly nonfiction collection of the school. By having one collection, funds for materials can be more wisely spent, assuring a wide variety of materials with little duplication.

One of the major goals of this library has been to provide worldwide access to information for our patrons. All public access computers connect to the Internet. In addition, through our shared “Integrated Library System” with Weld Library District our patrons can borrow electronically from collections of ten other libraries in our Weld County District. Additionally, they have access through interlibrary loan to information and materials throughout the United States.

Electronic resources are also purchased cooperatively with Weld Library District and can be accessed from computers in the library or from a home or classroom computer using a library card barcode number for verification. Because we are member of the Weld Library District as a public library in Weld County, we were able to benefit from the ACLIN project funded by the Colorado State Library and others which helped us get on the Super Highway initially.

SERVICES:
Services provided to the community which were not provided before September 1976 are:
• More open hours. The library is open 57 hours per week. The library operates 12 months a year, 52 weeks a year, 6 days a week.
• All library resources in the community are available to all people in the community. The library is open to everyone during all open hours.
• Meeting rooms are provided for community and school groups.
• Telephone reference service is encouraged.
• Compilation of bibliographies is offered.
• In-service is provided on the use of the library and its materials and equipment.
• Free cultural programs and art the library board sponsors displays.
• A program for volunteers has been established.
• Computers and typewriters are available for public and student use in the library.
• Courier services are provided through Weld Library District.
• Interlibrary loan services are provided through Weld Library District.
• Summer reading program encourages good reading habits in children of all ages.
• Audiovisual equipment may be checked out for public use. This includes slide projectors, overhead projectors, VCRs, camcorders, etc.; essentially anything that is portable.

glennajones

Welcome to the Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Memorial Library! 

We look forward to serving you!

The library, which primarily serves residents from Johnstown and Milliken, has been in existence since 1965.  It became a member library of the High Plains Library District in 1985.  Since its very humble beginning, the library has been a valuable and much-cherished community institution.

What are we proudest of? 

Friendly, helpful staff:  WE LOVE OUR PATRONS!  Our number one goal is to make sure you feel welcome when you come into our building.  Our second (and equally important) goal is to make sure that when you leave our library, you leave happy, with all the resources you came for!

A large, diverse collection:  We have something for everybody, from board books for toddlers to young adult novels for teens to the latest in fiction and non-fiction for adults.  We have one of the largest inspirational fiction collections in the district.

Not interested in books?  We have:  Books on CD, music CDs, flash cards, beginning reader kits, magazines, and a very large assortment of the newest movie releases on DVD or Blu-Ray.

We’re fully “teched-out”:  We have 12 computers available to the public, and access to over 100 databases like Hoopla, Mango Languages, and Ancestry.  We also have a copier and a FAX machine.

Space to sit, relax, read, study:  We have two small study rooms, a meeting room available to the public, and lots of nice, sunny nooks where you can sit down and spend a few pleasant hours.

Programming:  We offer six different storytimes every week from September through May.  Our summer reading program is seven solid weeks of non-stop fun for kids of all ages!  Interested in improving your computer skills?  We offer computer classes!  Want to find a group of like-minded people with whom you can discuss the latest novel?  We have a nice assortment of book clubs.  Looking for something fun to do?  We have all kinds of special events throughout the year, including Turkey Bingo, Noon Year’s Eve, Banned Books Week, Book Lover’s Month, the elementary art show, and more!

For more information about the library and what we have to offer, please visit our web site at www.librariesrock.org.  Even better, come in and visit us.  We’d be happy to show you around!

Hudson Public Library

Hudson Public Library has been in existence since 1951. The original library was dedicated in memory of Anita Jeanette Caserotti. She tragically died after a fall from a horse. It started with help from volunteers and donations from the community and beyond. The Town Of Hudson then jumped in to help fund the library. The first library was housed in the back half of the Town Hall and the Town Clerk wore two hats to manage both.

When the district was formed in 1985 our residents voted to join. It provided them additional services, collective support and helped to secure reliable funds to support our library for the entire RE3J school district.

We have occupied a few buildings since 1951. Our Brand Spanking new structure, bought and paid for through a bond increase in 1999, can be found at 100 S. Beech St. in Hudson. The new address is just down the road from the Hudson Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hudson library covers 12,000 square feet and includes a variety of features including:

  • Study/meeting rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Community room that holds 125
  • Relaxing reading areas
  • Computer stations for children/teens and adults
  • A large collection with a variety of Books, DVD’s and more…

Mission Statement

The Library, a treasure chest of words that teach, entertain and challenge.

Services

Our staff and building offer many services including:

  • Open 40 hours, 6 days per week
  • Activities for all ages
  • Assistance in locating materials within the district and beyond
  • Courier service from other district libraries and beyond
  • Faxing services
  • Free Wi-Fi 24/7
  • Notary services
  • Summer Reading programs for all ages
  • Weekly story time

Town of Hudson Library Website

The Nantes Library is a new library in the Town of Gilcrest as an extension of the Platteville Public Library located at 703 Birch Street. It is the culmination of nearly five years of planning and hard work from the Platteville Public Library’s Board of Trustees, staff, architects, engineers and energy developers. This new library is at the center of town within convenient walking distance of Valley High School, Gilcrest Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The name Nantes was chosen as a nod to the history of Gilcrest. The Town of Gilcrest was originally known as Nantes from 1887- 1907 until it was acquired and renamed by W. K. Gilcrest. Our hope is that the architecture and décor of this new library will elicit feelings of nostalgia, mixed with our hopes for the future of the town.

This brand-new 4,000 square-foot building features:

  • New techniques in energy efficiency
  • Study areas
  • A dedicated children’s reading area
  • Terminals for public Internet access
  • 24/7 Wi-Fi
  • A cozy reading area next to a fire place
  • Meeting tables
  • FEMA-approved storm shelter
  • Spacious wrap-around porch

Mission Statement

To serve as a resource center for information, education, culture, and leisure; facilitated by revenue generated from the legally defined service area of the Platteville Public Library.

Services

Our staff and building offer a wide range of services!

  • Open 28 hours each week, 4 days per week
  • Activities for all age groups
  • Assistance locating materials around the library
  • Black & White and color printing and copies
  • Book and movie suggestions
  • Courier service from other district libraries
  • Disc cleaning and repair
  • Fax capability
  • Notary services
  • Ordering materials from other libraries in the district and through ILL
  • Summer Reading Programs for all ages
  • Weekly storytimes

www.coloradoplattevillelibrary.us/

http://townofgilcrest.org/

plattevillePlatteville Public Library

The Platteville Public Library is run by a friendly and knowledgeable staff with over 61 years of combined experience in the same building!

Platteville’s library is located at 504 Marion Avenue. We are next to a large park as well as our local history museum. We are within walking distance of both our elementary and middle schools.

Our library covers 7,500 square feet and includes a variety of features including:

  • Computer areas for both children and adults
  • Meeting tables
  • Over 30,000 books, movies, audio books and magazines!
  • Several comfortable reading areas
  • A story time room
  • A study room
  • TV area for programs such as Anime
  • Afternoons and Family Movie Day

Mission Statement

To serve as a resource center for information, education, culture and leisure.

Vision Statement

The Platteville Public Library’s vision is community-driven and action-oriented, emphasizing service, education, and support.

Services

Our staff and building offer a wide range of services!

  • Open 48 hours each week, 6 days per week
  • Activities for all age groups
  • Assistance locating materials around the library
  • Black & White and color printing and copies Book and movie suggestions
  • Courier service from other district libraries
  • Disc cleaning and repair
  • Fax capability
  • Free Internet use on our public computers
  • Free Wi-Fi 24/7!
  • Notary services
  • Ordering materials from other libraries in the district and through ILL
  • Summer Reading Programs for all ages
  • Weekly story time

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions people ask us the most:

I forgot to bring items back. Please don’t take all my money! Bring your items back! We don’t charge late fines; we just want you to bring our stuff back.

How much do your services cost? Many of our services, such as Internet use and borrowing books and movies are free! Some of our other services cost:

Copies – 10¢/b&w page or 25¢/color page Printing – 10¢/b&w page or 25¢/color page Faxing – $1.00/page to send – 25¢/page to receive Notary – $2.00/seal

I need a notary! Many of our staff are Notaries Public and charge $2.00 per seal. All you need is a valid photo ID and sign the document in our presence.

I need the phone number for [person’s name]. To protect the privacy of our patrons, we do not give out phone numbers or addresses. We can, however, give you information about businesses.

Do you have Wi-Fi? We do! The signal covers our entire building and even some areas outside.

Where did you get your fish? Our director personally journeyed to Prussia and fished them out of a private fresh water stream.

There is a book/movie I think the library should own. Why don’t you own it? Chances are that we, or another library, do own it and it is checked out. But we do love hearing recommendations from our patrons! Just tell us the title or author and a little bit about it, and we will see if it is something we can add to our collection!

I lost my library card! The fine to get a replacement card is $1.00 and a lengthy explanation of how you lost it.

I would like to volunteer at the library! Great! Just talk with one of the librarians to see if we have anything for you to help us with.

Platteville Public Library and the Town of Platteville

www.coloradoplattevillelibrary.us

plattevillegov.org