Mission Statement

Connecting people, ideas, and information to transform lives and strengthen our community.

More information about the Boulder Public Library can be found on their official website.


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, boulderlibrary.org, 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, boulderarts.org, offers information on a number of region-wide, arts-related programs and services.


There are five divisions in the Library and Arts Department.

Administration is comprised of the director’s office and administrative roles, including project/contract management and long-range planning, budget and accounts payable functions, volunteer services, facilities maintenance, and administrative support for the Library Commission, the Arts Commission, and the Boulder Library Foundation. It also includes oversight of the Carnegie Library for Local History.

Public Services
Public Services includes customer service staff, materials circulation services, interlibrary loans, patron account maintenance, holds and Prospector system administration, and materials handling. The division supports reference and technology assistance and oversight of the Meadows, George Reynolds, and North Boulder (NoBo) Corner Library branch operations and programs.

Community Engagement and Enrichment
This division helps connect the community with the library through educational and entertaining programs, events, exhibits and outreach; literacy-building and learning for all ages; communications, community engagement, and marketing; and fundraising in league with the Boulder Library Foundation and through other external grant opportunities. The division includes the Programs, Events and Outreach team, Youth Services, the BoulderReads adult literacy workgroup, and the library’s communications and grant-writing teams.

eServices manages the administration and maintenance of library-specific IT systems and equipment, including the integrated library system and self-checkout machines, the Automated Materials Handling systems, the public computer reservation and printing system, computer technology support, the library website, the public meeting room A/V equipment, BLDG 61 (library maker space), collection development and the curation of library materials (books, music, movies and more) and electronic resources (ebooks, informational databases, and streaming/downloadable content) and resource services (receiving, processing, and cataloging library materials and resources).

Office of Arts and Culture

Includes administration and oversight of cultural grants, creative sector programs, public art, support for cultural nonprofits, creative neighborhoods programs, and support for individual artists and creative professionals. It also is responsible for administering support for the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts, the NoBo Art District, and the Arts Commission.

Advisory Boards, Commissions, and Working Groups