Frequently Asked Questions

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  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).

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Yes, you can as long as the devices are all registered with the same Adobe ID. Because you can only register six devices to an Adobe ID, you can only download to six different devices. Your computer counts as one device.

Our online resources are helpful databases we may subscribe to or they may be free. Each topic was selected to help you find credible information in the following areas: (We are always adding more so check back often).

  • Homework Help / Education
  • Health
  • Business / Finance
  • Consumer Information
  • Parenting
  • Travel Resources / Learn a Language
  • Employment
  • Culture / Art / Music
  • Geneology
  • History
  • ...and much more!

Thanks for your interest in displaying your artwork at The Grand County Library District. Click here for more information regarding our meeting space and exhibit requirements.

 Here is a short list:

  • barcode: A printed label containing machine-readable data in the form of vertical lines or bars. Used to identify books and other materials in the library, and read by a scanner when an item is checked out.
  • bibliography: A list of references used in a book or article. Long bibliographies may be published separately in book form or online.
  • biography: An account of a person's life, written by another. The person who writes a biography is the biographer. The person written about is known as the biographee.
  • book return: A place to return books borrowed from the library. The book return may be located outside the library or near the Circulation Desk in the library.
  • borrow: To check out or borrow library materials.
  • call number: A unique location code that appears on the spine of a book or bound periodical and tells you where the book should be found on the shelves.
  • check out: To borrow materials from a library for a fixed period of time. To loan library materials to GCLD cardholders.
  • copyright: The legal right granted to an author, editor, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.
  • database: A comprehensive collection of related data (articles or other materials) organized for convenient access, usually through a computer.
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC): Melvil Dewey's system of classifying library material. The classification system uses a numeric system to designate ten basic subject categories.
  • digital library: A collection of electronic resources, accessible through the World Wide Web. Digital libraries often contain electronic versions of books, photographs, videos that are owned by a "physical" library.
  • due date: The date on which materials must be returned to the library.
  • electronic information resources: Any of several different categories of databases and machine-readable files, including electronic journals, online databases, World Wide Web sites, and CD-ROM databases.
  • fine: A fee charged for keeping library materials past their due date or for lost and damaged items.
  • hold: A service of the Libraries by which a user may request to be notified as soon as a book that has been checked out becomes available. The book is kept at the circulation desk for a limited period of time. See also "request."
  • interlibrary loan: A library service whereby cardholders may request to borrow materials from another library if the item is not owned by GCLD or the Marmot Libraries.
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number): A unique 10-digit or 13-digit number that is given to every book or edition of a book before publication to identify the publisher, the title, the edition, and volume number.
  • keyword: A word used in searching catalogs and databases to describe a topic subject in a document.
  • loan period: The amount of time library materials may be borrowed. Time limit varies depending on the type of material to be borrowed; book, DVD, magazine, audiobook etc.
  • non-circulating: Library materials that may not be checked out, they may only be used on-site in the library where they are housed.
  • online catalog (OPAC): A computer database that lists items owned by a library or libraries.
  • overdue: An item checked out that the borrower has kept past its due date. A library will usually charge a fine for overdue items.
  • patron record: The data kept by a library's electronic system, containing information about a borrower's account (address, telephone number, items checked out, holds, unpaid fines, etc.).
  • periodical: A publication distributed on a regular schedule (e.g., weekly or monthly). Popular periodicals are called magazines and scholarly periodicals are called journals. Newspapers are also periodicals.
  • reference material: A document such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, or directory, that contains specific facts, data, or other brief bits of information. Usually reference materials cannot be checked out.
  • renew: To extend the loan period of library material(s). Library customers may extend their due dates twice by accessing their library account online, by calling the library, or in person. NEW materials may not be renewed.
  • request: A service that allows you to ask for a library book that is currently checked out. Otherwise known as a "hold."
  • subtitle: The portion of a work's title following the semicolon or colon.
  • URL: Web sites are found by their addresses. Each web site has a URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, assigned to it. Our web address is

We are grateful for the library volunteers throughout our district! If you are interested in volunteering in a specific library branch, please contact that branch. All volunteers are required to fill out an application and background check, as well as participate in some basic training. If you are interested in volunteering in other ways such as book sales or helping out with other district fund raising, you can call the Friends of the Library at 970-887-9411 for current openings.

Spring cleaning your bookshelves? Drop your used books off at any library branch location. If you would like to receive a tax receipt for non cash donations, just ask any library staff member.  Looking for used book?  Buy one from the used book shelf at one of the branch locations.

In 2006, a unique partnership began between the Grand County Library District and the Grand County Blues Society. Together, the organizations dreamed the "Check Out the Music Program," which provides guitars, basses, keyboards, and drumpads for check out.

  • Children and adult library card holders can take home these instruments for 3 weeks at a time. Instructional materials, such as books, videos, and Classic Blues and Folk Music performance DVDs, supplement the exploration of musical talents.
  • Instruments must be returned to the branch in which it came from.

At the top of your screen there is a tab called "programs". If you click on the tab, you will be able to filter programs by location, age group and topic. You may also see a calendar view. See below for a general overview of what each branch offers: Story Hour is a great way to introduce young children to the world of the library and enhance early literacy skills. After School Club is a free program for elementary students during the school year. This is a fun literacy program designed to help kids become familiar and comfortable with the use of their library. Summer Reading Program is aimed at motivating children to read during their summer vacation. Youth, of any age, are welcome to attend weekly programs during the months of June and July, with amazing weekly entertainment Wednesday mornings at 10 am. at each branch.

Each library is equipped with a multi-function color device for copying, printing, scannig, and faxing. 

  • Black & white copies or prints : $.10 per side
  • Color copies or prints: $1.00 per side
    Deduct $.05 for bringing own paper.
  • Send fax:  Cover page free, $0.50 per page after cover
  • Receive fax: $0.10 per page
    We do not send faxes internationally.
  • Scan: Free

Instructions for printing from your mobile device to the library printer (available only at the Juniper Library):

Using a browser:

1.  Open this link in your browser.

2.  Select the printer, enter your email address, and locate your file or url to print.

3.  Release your print job from the library's Print Release station.

4.  Pay for your printing at the circulation desk.

Using the PrinterOn app:

1.  Download and install the PrinterOn app from your device's app store.  (Only necessary the first time.)

2.  Turn on Location Services for your device.

3.  In PrinterOn, select a printer by searching for Grand Lake, CO for the location.

4.  Tap the map pinpoint and save the printer. 

5.  Navigate to the document, photo, or url that you would like to print, and look for the printer icon.

6.  Enter your email address.

7.  Release your print job from the library's Print Release station.

8.  Pay for your printing at the circulation desk.

Some TAX forms are available at each branch. However, the best place to get the TAX forms you need is the website. You can print forms directly from this site or use their freefile service.

Yes! Computers with high-speed Internet access are available to the public. Computer use is free and is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 minutes if other people are waiting. A low vision computer station is available in each library. Wireless Internet access is available at all of our libraries.

Computer Use Guidelines:

  • Save all critical data to a portable disk or device.
  • Library staff is available to help with on-site computer problems.

Internet Use Guidelines:

  • All public access computers filter pornography websites.
  • The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information.
  • The Internet is a fluid environment with the content and format of information constantly changing.
  • Information on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. Users must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found.
  • Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, the Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library. Guidelines for Families Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Some Internet information may be inappropriate for children. The Library encourages parents to spend time online with their children to discuss the wealth of information available and how it should be used. To assist parents, the Library has available online and printed materials about the Internet and its resources. Parents are encouraged to review this material with their children.

All 5 library branches offer FREE wireless Internet access for you to use your own computer. We offer FREE wireless access (aka "hot spots" & "WiFi") for library account holders as well as guests to use with their own laptops and other mobile devices.

  • This access point is unsecured and accessible from 7am until 10pm. Your use of this service is also governed by GCLD's Internet Use Policy.
  • All users are expected to use the library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.
  • Use of GCLD's wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss.
  • Donations are accepted and appreciated!

Grand County Library District was established in 1994 under Colorado Library Law (CRS 24-90-101 et seq.) A property tax mil levy of 2.41 was approved by the voters of Grand County to establish funds for the Library District to provide free access to library services. According to Library Law, this access may be provided through a single main library or branch library or a combination of both. GCLD operates under a governing board of seven trustees, appointed by the County Commissioners. Trustee appointments in Grand County are chosen to reflect the three voting districts: East, Central and West, providing a voice and representation for each area. The Board’s duty involves governing and directing from a district-wide vantage point, with particular responsibility for the adoption and implementation of library policies, ensuring library properties are managed appropriately, employing a library director and directing the responsible fiscal management of library funds through the budgetary process.

Although 95% of GCLD’s funding is through property taxes, other sources of revenue include: grants, donations from the Friends of Grand County Library and the Grand County Library Foundation, private donations and library fines and fees.

GCLD serves all residents of Grand County. The libraries provide many resources at books, magazines, and audiobooks on CD; 24/7 access to online resources such as e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and online learning; public computers with Internet access, Wi-Fi, office services, public meeting rooms, quiet study spaces, assistance from library staff, free library cards, and even musical instruments. Providing a great space and resources to elevate learning and enrich the lives of our community and guests is the purpose of GCLD.

While providing community space and meeting rooms is important to the mission of GCLD, the library is much more than a community center. Our core purpose is to elevate learning and enrich the lives of our community by providing information, literature, online access, and assistance for those needing help locating or processing information.

The Library District provides some after-school programming, but is not an after-school center.  Libraries are not staffed, nor are they legally set-up to provide childcare services as a daycare center would be. Libraries serve a very different function in the community.

The Library District provides access to a diverse collection of materials, expressing a variety of viewpoints and value systems. This diversity is critical to a library’s mission.

The Library District provides programming which adds value to the lives of citizens of all ages.  From 1,000 Books before Kindergarten to the Senior Book Club, opportunities are available for all ages and types of individuals.

There has been no increase to the Library District’s mil levy since its inception twenty-one years ago. Things have changed significantly over the years including property tax values, rising costs, and the overall expectation of traditional and contemporary library services. The hourly wage for librarians in 1995 was $5.50 per hour, internet and wi-fi usage was unheard of inside library buildings and library books and materials were rarely shared outside the County. The idea of an online library user was unimaginable.

The economic recession, beginning in 2008, quickly impacted property values in Grand County with the consequent loss to library revenues. Anticipating that property taxes would continue to fall, the Library Board approved a rainy day fund of $600,000 called the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF). The ESF was created from savings realized in the 2010 - 2011 budget year. It was anticipated that the economy would begin to recover by 2015 and the Fund would be sufficient to maintain District operations for four years, 2012 - 2015.

From 2010 - 2013 reduced library revenues were offset by downsizing and streamlining library staff and services. Predictions of an additional loss of property tax revenues for 2014 prompted the GCLD Board to seek voter approval of a 2013 ballot measure for an increased mil levy. The mil levy proposal failed.

In 2014, with the ESF running low and chances of a revenue increase through the mil levy out of the question, the Library District was forced to reduce spending by cutting library staff by 35% and administrative staff by 51%. Adult, youth and early education programming, customer service and open hours in all the branches were negatively impacted.

The ESF was supplemented in 2014 - 2015 through the restructuring of the debt on the Granby and Grand Lake libraries and the settlement of a legal action. Although property tax revenues were still declining, the Board estimated that the injections of funds into the ESF would supplement GCLD spending until 2019. The 2016 budget draws $200,000 from the ESF.

The news from the Henderson Mill in March 2016 forced the Library Board to reconsider their financial plans.  

Henderson Mill is the largest property tax payer in the county, making up 14% of the property tax revenues for the Library District in 2016. Recent information from the Henderson mining and milling production owner Freeport-McMoRan indicates that operations will be curtailed and production will cease entirely in three to five years.

The County’s decision to change the averaging of property tax revenues from the Henderson Mine production from five years to three years, has compounded the revenue losses for the Library District.

In 2017, GCLD is anticipating a $47,000 loss from the decreased Henderson revenues, with steeper cuts following in 2018 and 2019. Instead of the recovery of residential property taxes and the planned return to a balanced budget forecast for 2017, the news from Henderson will mean a permanent loss of revenues and a dramatic change to District revenues. Consequently, the Library Board has taken action to immediately reduce the dependency on the ESF with the approval of a $100,000 reduction to the 2017 budget.

No.  There have been some signs of property taxes rebounding. However, with current assessment rates it will require a 30-40% increase in residential property taxes to compensate for the losses from Henderson.  With the small population base of 14,500, the complete loss of the county’s major industry, and the level of increase expected in residential property taxes, the current structure of the Library District cannot be supported and changes need to happen.

GCLD was established so that all revenues are collected in a general GCLD fund. This is stated in the 1994 agreement to establish the Library District in Grand County. Taxes are raised from Grand County property owners to provide for the operation and maintenance of library services for everyone living within the geographic area. The GCLD budget and accounting is also based on this premise.  Costs are not allocated to a particular branch. This offers considerable advantages to all library card holders who access resources far outside those of a single branch.

Together as a District, there are significant savings and great opportunities for all the branches. Contracts, grants and consortium agreements which underpin many library services are possible and would not apply to individual branches. As an approach to management, it allows for great efficiencies. Many of the library services customers enjoy are initiated and managed through Central Services rather than duplicated in each branch. To  name a few: finances and bookkeeping, collection development and the ordering and processing of the library materials you see on the shelves, children and adult programming, the maintenance and development of technology and online resources, human resources and facilities.

Although library buildings are significant as civic spaces and community centers, GCLD library customers are also county-wide and state-wide users. For instance, those who call Juniper Library branch their "home library" are savvy and looking for convenience. They will use a GCLD branch close to work, shopping or schools to pick up or drop off their library materials. They may also use their Grand County card in any Colorado library, request books and DVDs from across Colorado or use their card entirely from home, downloading their materials to a device or taking online courses. These statistics of library checkouts tell the tale.

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Volunteer! The libraries depend upon volunteers to supplement staffing. They provide help with shelving books, create displays and bulletin boards, assist with set-up for programs, and often provide programs on a variety of subjects. In May, 2016, volunteers worked 106.5 hours in our libraries.

Donate!  Cash and monetary donations are accepted and are used by the district for program needs, purchase of specialized items on wish lists, and supplies for children’s programs.

Support an increase in tax revenues for the Library District!  The library depends upon property tax revenues for operating funds. The mil levy has not changed since 1994 when the Library District was created. Unless the mil levy is increased or property values rise an estimated 30-40% soon and stay high, the Library District must find ways to cut expenditures.

Focus on a strong Library District for all of Grand County!  Many of us may have to drive a bit to reach a library branch, however, we need strong libraries in the county providing relevant, current, effective and sustainable services to all.

The Library District benefits from the generous donations, financial gifts and grants which provide funding for District-wide and branch programs. They also support specific purchases in the branches.  Each branch has a wish list of items to choose from.

The Grand County Library Foundation is pleased to receive donations and bequests on behalf of the Library District. The goal of the Foundation is to enhance and not replace traditional tax-based support for the libraries. However, the core library operations such as personnel, building maintenance, internet services, library consortium expenses, materials budget and other ongoing expenses are covered by a consistent, dependable revenue source. This stability is provided by property tax revenues.

The Board of Trustees has been examining data and discussing alternatives since February 2016. In the face of irreversible revenues losses and the resizing of GCLD, the Board asked, "How can GCLD  be cost effective in maintaining quality library services for the greatest number within the parameters of Library Law and the Colorado Library Standards?" Service outlets of public libraries are required to:

  • Be open for at least 20 hours per week
  • Have paid staff present during all hours of service
  • Provide public computers with access to the internet
  • Be engaged in resource sharing with other Colorado libraries

The attached document contains a comparison of GCLD services to similar Districts in the mountain west region. Typically, Library Districts serving populations of 9,000 – 20,000 maintain 1-3 branches. GCLD spends disproportionally on facilities (30% of the budget) and the duplication of services in multiple locations.

In an effort to balance the budget, the Board is planning to cut $100,000 in 2017.  The idea of broad based, across-the-board cuts were considered and then rejected. Although comprehensive cutting seems fairer at first glance, the failure to differentiate and prioritize services for reduction results in an overall gutting of existing branches: reducing open hours across the District and cutting programming, technology and collections. For example, across the board cuts to programming would threaten the popular Summer Reading program and negatively impact literacy and reading support for 700 Grand County children who sign-up every year. 

The alternative approach is a series of planned reductions which are expected to occur over the next two to three years. It is the hope of the Board, that through thoughtful planning, the Library District can continue to provide quality services for all people of Grand County. This will serve the needs of the whole county and all demographic groups into the future.


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