The Colorado State Library is a division of the Colorado Department of Education.
What We Do
We provide leadership and expertise in developing library-related policies, activities, and assistance for school, public, academic, and special libraries. A primary goal of our efforts is to improve the ability of libraries to provide quality services to all Coloradans.
Our purpose and key activities are defined in the Library Law portion of state statutes and further refined by goals and strategies set forth in the statewide strategic plan for libraries, and the five-year Library Services and technology plan.
The State Library is arranged by unit according to activities and library needs.
- The Talking Book Library offers free library services for blind, low-vision, physically and learning-disabled residents.
- State Publications provides Colorado residents with permanent public access to information produced by state government.
- Institutional Library Development supports library services for state-operated residential institutions, including youth and adult correctional facilities, mental health institutes, a school for the deaf and the blind, and veterans homes.
- Library Development provides leadership and support for public and school libraries, plus continuing education and consultation.
- The Library Research Service maintains the library jobline and collects and analyzes data on library use to help inform libraries and their users on the current status of services.
- Networking and Resource Sharing oversees the Colorado Virtual Library along with several technology-based services for libraries and the public, including the 24/7 virtual reference service, AskColorado.
- Additional staff help track and distribute state and federal funds to implement new projects.
CSL staff provide consulting and training in areas such as 21st Century learning, strategic planning, library law, children's services, and state institutional library services. We also manage statewide electronic services such as AskColorado and SWIFT Interlibrary loan, and offer free copies of our brochures and publications.
The State Library strives for cooperation and collaboration among the state's libraries and other library organizations. Please share your ideas, comments, or questions about the state's library services with the Executive Director, or staff.