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The Library Department serves the informational and life-long learning needs of the Boulder community.
The council-appointed Library Commission serves in an advisory capacity for departmental services and policies. Five library facilities house library 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.
There are four divisions in the Library 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 and the Boulder Library Foundation. It also includes oversight of the Carnegie Library for Local History.
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).