Frequently Asked Questions - Borrowing/My Account

Cardholders are limited to ten holds at a time.

Prospector is a unified catalog of academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Through Prospector you have access to 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in these libraries. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from the collections and have them delivered to your local library. When you search in the GCLD search boxes, you can also search Prospector at the same time!

  • When your material arrives at one of the library branches, you will be notified either by phone or by email.
  • If you would like to receive notifications by email, just fill out this webform and submit.

Reader's Advisory is a service which involves suggesting fiction and nonfiction titles to a reader through direct or indirect means. This service is a fundamental library service; however, readers' advisory also occurs in commercial contexts such as bookstores.

Link to our reader's advisory tools here, or go to the top menu "books and more" and scroll down the menu to "reader's advisory tools."

The Marmot Library Network serves a consortia of academic, public, school, and special libraries in Western Colorado. Customers with a Grand County Library District library card may request items from any of the Marmot Library Network libraries.  Search the catalog.

Marmot Library Network libraries

Yes! Book kits are available for check out from the Western Slope and the Front Range libraries. Search our catalog by title or by using the keywords "book club kit."  Here's a list we have compiled with titles that we can likely get for your book club: 

 

 

My Reading History is a record of the titles you have checked out from the library. It is accessible online when you login to My Library Account. The Reading History records the title, author, and checkout date for all items you check out. This feature also allows you to limit a search to items that are not recorded in your Reading History. Titles are stored in "My Reading History" until the Library no longer owns a title or you choose to delete a title from your list.

You may turn your Reading History ON or OFF any time when you login to My Library Account. If you choose to activate your Reading History, and later turn it off, all stored records will be deleted from the system. Please be aware that if you elect to keep a Reading History, it may be subject to examination by law enforcement authorities without your permission.
 

  • To turn on "My Reading History," choose "My Reading History" and then click on "Turn on My Reading History"
  • To turn off "My Reading History," choose "My Reading History" and then click on "Turn off My Reading History." If you have any items in your Reading History, you need to delete those items first.
  • To delete items, mark the box beside each item and then select "Delete marked titles." To delete all titles, select "Delete all titles."

We are often asked to provide a "reading history" for library account holders. Unfortunately, your reading history is not available unless you turn the option ON within your library account. Disclaimer: The library takes seriously the privacy of your library records. Therefore, we do not keep track of what you borrow after you return it.

However, our automated system has a feature called “My Reading History” that allows you to track items you check out. Participation in the feature is entirely voluntary. You may start or stop using it, as well as delete any or all entries in “My Reading History” at any time. If you choose to start recording “My Reading History”, you agree to allow our automated system to store this data.

The library staff does not have access to your “My Reading History”, however, it is subject to all applicable local, state, and federal laws, and under those laws, could be examined by law enforcement authorities without your permission. If this is of concern to you, you should not use the “My Reading History” feature.

  • Yes! DVD players are available to check out.
  • You may put one on hold to pick up at any branch.
  • You must return the DVD player to the branch your borrowed it from.
  • Please do not put DVD players in any of the drop boxes.

All five branches of the Grand County Library District loan MP3 players. The kit inclues 1 MP3 player, 1 set of earbuds and 1 extra battery. We also loan pre-loaded MP3 players called "PlayAways." These devices are available in the library catalog and check out for 3 weeks.

Looking for a good book? Ask any staff member for a suggestion or two. Whether you are a reader who likes adventure, mystery, fantasy, science fiction or historical books, our staff can assist you in finding that next great read.

Check out our Reader's Advisory Tools.

  • Books, audiobooks, musical instruments, MP3 players and DVD players may be checked out for a period of 3 weeks.
  • DVD's, VHS, magazines and music CD's may be checked out for a period of 7 days.
  • Items may be renewed twice unless the item is NEW or on a waiting list.
  • Electronic resources may vary in their due dates.
  • We offer a free interlibrary loan service to our patrons. This service may be used for materials that are not owned by our library. Interlibrary loans may not be renewed.

Loan rules apply only to Grand County Library District items. Items from other libraries may have different loan rules and renewal policies.

As with any online account, it is recommended when you have finished requesting holds, renewing items or paying fees that you "log out" of your library account for privacy and security reasons. If you do not log out, other users may be able to view or change your information. For additional security, it is recommended that you also close your web browser.

Library fines may be paid at any Grand County Library District branch by cash, check or credit card. Fines may be paid by phone via credit card only. Please contact your local branch library for additional information.

Overdue fines are $.20 per day per item.

 

 
  • Do a search, identify the title you want to request.
  • To request it in the catalog you may either click on the word "Available" on the Results (hit list) page, or click on the Request tab on the Record (single-title display) page.
  • If you have not already logged in to, you'll be prompted to do so at this point. Log in with your library account number. If you do not already have a VuFind username, click on Create New Account. Your account needs to be "profiled" with your library borrower ID. Once you've set this up, you never have to worry about it again (unless your borrower ID changes). If you've never told VuFind what your library borrower ID is, then go to the Your Account page and click on the User Account tab at the bottom of the list on the right. Enter your borrower ID, last name and library affiliation.
  • Select the location at which you would like to pick up the item and submit the request.
  • In the future, all you'll need to do is sign on with your username and password. You won't need to remember your borrower ID (unless you've decided to use that as your username) in order to request materials via the library catalog.
  • You may login to "my account" at the top of this page.
  • Library materials may be renewed by telephone 24/7 (leave message with name and library account number).
  • Items may be renewed twice, unless it is NEW or on a waiting list.

This online service provides library account information to Grand County Library District card holders. You may place requests for many types of materials to be held for you at a specific location. You can also determine what materials are overdue, what materials are being held for you, and what fees you may owe. This service can be accessed from any library computer or from any computer that has Internet access.

Grand County Library District is a member of the Marmot Library Network, so GCLD customers have access to many more library materials than just GCLD's collections.  Get started finding items in the catalog at http://gcld.marmot.org.  Placing requests for items will allow the delivery of items to your preferred library branch for you to pick up. 

Need more help?  Stop by one of the five library branches in Grand County and get assistance from library staff.

An interlibrary loan (ILL) is a library service whereby cardholders may request to borrow materials from another library if the item is not owned by Grand County Library District or the Marmot Libraries. Generally, GCLD will utilize the system called SWIFT (mostly academic and public libraries participating from the Front Range area) to borrow an item not found within the GCLD or Marmot Library catalog. We ask that a local search be done in Marmot first, then an ILL form may be submitted.

An ILL should not be confused with a regular material request or an item hold which is a service of GCLD by which a user may request to be notified as soon as a book that has been checked out becomes available. The material is kept on the reserve shelf for a limited period of time (currently, GCLD holds items for 6 days and then returns the item to the shelf or to the lending library).