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Colorado Library Law

The Colorado Library Law provides a legal framework for library operations and responsibilities. Staff, governing boards, and agency attorneys who work with libraries should be familiar with the information contained on these pages. Other Colorado Statutes can be viewed at http://www.leg.state.co.us/.

Colorado Library Law (Click here to print full PDF document - 37 pages)

Library Law - Table of Contents (HTML version of Library Law)

Colorado Library Law Highlights (PDF)

Basic Principles of Colorado Library District Law (PDF)

Information about Colorado Library Law

The Colorado State Library has made the following Quick Guides to the Colorado Library Law available. These provide the full text of the law plus a non-legal summary of the statute language. They are intended to assist you in understanding the meaning of the law, not replace your local legal counsel. Please consult with your library's attorney for any necessary interpretations.


Capital Facilities Districts (PDF)
Colorado Library Law (PDF)
Comparison of Library Districts and a Regional Library Authority (PDF)
Inclusion Into an Existing Library District (PDF)
Internet Protection in Public Libraries (PDF)
Method of Establishment (PDF)
Privacy of User Records (PDF)
Regional Library Authorities (RLA) (PDF)
Special Districts

Public Library Information Page

For additional information contact Eugene Hainer, 303-866-6900.

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