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Just as the Poudre River flows through the region and sustains life across the high plains of northern Colorado, The Poudre River Public Library District is where the free flow of information cultivates growth and serves as a steady, limitless source of renewal for all of its communities.

Established in 2006 by voter approval, the Poudre River Public Library District's shared resources serve more than 177,000 people across a vast 1,800 square-mile region in northern Larimer County, Colorado. Anchored by three libraries in Fort Collins, the District is dedicated to matching diverse communities needs, interests and priorities with exceptional opportunities for learning, intellectual stimulation and personal enjoyment.

Guided by a seven-member board of trustees and supported with a 3-mill property tax, the District looks to a future full of possibility. The board has fulfilled its most important commitments to citizens: restoring library services and positions; opening and operating a the new Council Tree Library in southeast Fort Collins; created an intergovernmental agreement for the District, the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County; and developing a long-range vision for library services throughout the District. In all its endeavors, the District aims to enrich the cultural, educational and economic life of the growing regional area which it serves.


Mission Statement:
The Poudre River Public Library District provides universal access to ideas and information to enrich our communities.

Vision Statement:
The Poudre River Public Library District is dynamic, responsive, and integral to the fabric of our community.

The Library District is a learning organization that continues to evolve and remain relevant in a changing world. These values serve as the framework for the governance, policies, and services of the Poudre River Public Library District.
  • Our fundamental commitments, as a tax collecting body are:
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Accountability
    • Simple, visible policies and processes

  • We are dedicated to the principles of intellectual freedom, providing open and equal access to all library resources without prejudice while protecting patron privacy and complying with relevant laws.

  • As a Library District, we invest in and appreciate a well-trained staff and volunteers.

  • We also foster community partnerships and collaborations.

  • We maintain high standards in our work and a sense of pride in all District activities, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and integrity.

  • We strive to provide quality services and maintain a high level of patron satisfaction by treating the public with respect, fairness and consistency.

  • We work to ensure that all facilities are safe, welcoming and comfortable.
Poudre River Public Library District, 301 Olive Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, (970) 221-6740
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