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Library and Arts Department

Library and Arts Department


Two missions direct the work of the department, one for the library and one for the arts: The mission of the Boulder Public Library is to enhance the personal and professional growth of Boulder residents and contribute to the development and sustainability of an engaged community through free access to ideas, information, cultural experiences and educational opportunities.

The mission of the Boulder Office of Arts and Culture is to further the development of a dynamic arts community through encouraging artistic innovation, collaboration, public art and organizational stability; to increase access to the arts; to promote multicultural expression; to act as an advocate on behalf of the arts; and to foster a creative cultural climate in the community.


The Library and Arts Department is responsible for two broad functions:

  • To serve the informational and life-long learning needs of the Boulder community; and
  • To support the development of Boulder’s fine, visual and performing arts.

Two council-appointed commissions, the Library Commission and the Arts Commission, serve in an advisory capacity for departmental services and policies. The Arts Commission has the added role of administering a series of annual cultural grants.  Five library facilities house library and arts services. The Main Boulder Public Library, 93,000 square feet, is located in downtown Boulder and houses 75 percent of the system’s collection. Two neighborhood branches, George Reynolds and Meadows, serve south and east Boulder, respectively. The NoBo Corner Library serves north Boulder with materials pick-up and return, public access computers, Wi-Fi, and popular materials. The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History is located downtown and offers an archive of local history materials, including photographs. The Carnegie Branch is the city’s original library, opening in 1907.

A variety of library services are available online, through the Boulder Public Library website, , including access to information databases, ebooks, emagazines, downloadable music, streaming music and movies, and patron account management. The Office of Arts and Cultural Services website, , offers information on a number of region-wide, arts-related programs and services.

  • 2019 Operating Budget - $ 11,365,503
  • 2019 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees - 77.75


There are five divisions in the Library and Arts Department.

Administration comprises the office of the director, general administrative functions such as project/contract management and long-range planning, budget and accounts payable, public information, volunteer services, facilities maintenance and administrative support for the Library Commission and the Boulder Library Foundation.

Public Services
Public Services includes materials circulation services, interlibrary loan, maintenance of patron accounts, administration of the holds and Prospector system, shelving and maintenance of the automated materials handling system, and oversees the Main, Meadows, and George Reynolds branches, as well as the North Boulder (NoBo) Corner Library operations and programs.

Community Engagement and Enrichment
Community Engagement and Enrichment focuses on engaging the community through programs, literacy, story times, outreach and management of the Canyon Gallery and exhibits. This division includes youth services, the acquisition and maintenance of library materials and electronic resources (e.g. ebooks and informational databases), the Carnegie Library for Local History and the Boulder Reads adult literacy program.

eServices is comprised of administration and maintenance of library-specific IT systems and equipment, the patron computer reservation and print release system, computer technology support, the library website, and the cataloging of library materials and resources. The division serves as liaison to the Flatirons Library Consortium that operates the integrated library system, i.e. the library catalog and patron database. The BLDG 61 Makerspace is also managed and programmed by eServices.

Office of Arts and Culture
The Office of Arts and Culture includes administration and oversight, cultural grants, creative sector programs, public art, and support for individual artists and creative professionals. It also is responsible for administering support for the Dairy Center for the Arts and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the Arts Commission.