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Public Libraries

The Colorado Public Library Standards provide both minimum standards for libraries in the Definition of a Public Library in Colorado and developmental standards in which a library can examine its current services and set goals for a better level of service for the local community.

Public Library Technology Standards

The Public Library Technology Standards assert that every public library should assert each person's access to the information that is needed in a timely manner and appropriate format, by providing trained staff, information resources, up-to-date technology, and adequate telecommunications that provide quick, reliable connections.

School Libraries

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for library media specialists to use to shape the learning of students in the school.

Institutional Libraries

For hard copies of the standards, email Diane Walden,


Though not implemented to date, the Circulation Interchange Protocol standard will support circulation transactions between different library systems. The circulation of print and electronic materials, remote patron authentication, patron borrowing, online payment, and controlled access to electronic documents are some of the functions this protocol will support.

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