Six New Libraries Join Prospector

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Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries Staff

On May 2, 2011 Eagle Valley Library District, Garfield County Public Library, Grand County Library District, Gunnison County Library District, Town of Vail Library and Wilkinson Public Library went live in the Prospector system. This means that their library holdings are available for lending and patrons of each of these libraries may now borrow from other libraries in Prospector.

Established in 1993, the Eagle Valley library district is supported by a 2.75 mill levy on property from Tennessee Pass to Glendwood Canyon and up to Bond, MCCoy and Sweetwater. The District operates the Avon Public Library, The Eagle Public Library and the Gyspum Public Library. For more information about the Eagle Library, see: http://www.evld.org/about

The Garfield County Public Library was established in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project at New Castle, Colorado. When the WPA program was discontinued, the Garfield County Commissioners agreed to finance it through the county’s general fund. Garfield county has six branch libraries in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Parachute. For more information about the Garfield County Library, see: http://www.gcpld.org/

In 1938 Grand County Library was established as a central reservoir of knowledge for its citizens. In January of 1995 the library became a district. Today it still serves the same basic function for the community as well as new roles acquired in the intervening years. Grand County has branch libraries in Fraser Valley, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and Juniper at Grand Lake. For more information about the Grand County Library, see: http://www.gcld.org/content/pages/history

The first library in Gunnison county was established in 1939 in the basement of Webster Hall in Gunnison by the American Association of University Women. In 1973 the library moved to its present location and a small addition was completed in 1983. Much of this was made possible with support from a local philanthropist, Ann Zugelder for whom the library is named.

The Crested Butte library, which is part of the Gunnison Library District, is in the beautiful and historic Old Rock Community School which was built of sandstone in 1893. Over time, the building was renovated and became the Crested Butte branch in 1993. For more information about Gunnison County Library see: http://gunnisoncountylibraries.org/about

The Wilkinson Public Library is nestled in the mountain village of Telluride in the heart of southwest Colorado’s San Juan mountains. The Wilkinson Public Library serves a diverse community of users in the San Miguel County which has a population of about 6,500 people. For more information about Wilkinson Public Library, see: http://www.telluridelibrary.org/community.html

The Town of Vail Public Library was dedicated on July 4, 1983. The library offers access to various information resources that serves the need of Vail guests, residents, businesses and schools. The library has 52,000 holdings which include fiction, non-fiction, visual media and audio books and over 300 magazine and newspaper subscriptions. For more information about the Town of Vail Public Library see: http://www.vaillibrary.com/

Prospector has now passed 10 million unique titles with 30 million copies. The system includes printed books, ebooks, journals, movies, music and other many other items.

More information about the Nielsen Library as Adams State College may be found on their Website at http://www.adams.edu/library/.

Information about Prospector may be obtained from your local library or by visiting the Prospector Website at http://www.coalliance.org/prospector. It was made possible for Adams State College to join Prospector as a result of their membership with the Marmot Library Network (http://www.marmot.org/). Prospector is managed and operated by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (http://www.coalliance.org) who may be contacted at help@coalliance.org.