There are many benefits to forming a library district, the most important of which is providing our highly popular library system with a reliable source of revenue long-term so that it can grow with the community it serves.
The long-awaited North Boulder branch library will break ground later this year, thanks to dedicated funding approved in 2017. But several spaces requested by the community have been scraped due to city budget cuts. A library district will provide funding to build the makerspace, community kitchen, and playground that were part of the original design. District funding will also help fully stock and staff the new branch library, which will give neighbors access to community meeting spaces, storytime and STEAM programs, and Spanish-language services - to say nothing of books and other media.
A library district will fund overdue repairs at the George Reynolds branch and restore its hours to pre-pandemic levels. A library district would also allow for expanded programming and services, including makerspace and STEAM activities, at the Reynolds and Meadows branches.
Unincorporated Boulder County
More than 30 percent of Boulder library cardholders live in unincorporated areas of Boulder County. These users can expect expanded outreach services and programming, and a dedicated library board whose explicit mission includes serving their communities.
Residents of Gunbarrel can look forward to a new corner library - the first step towards a full branch location. By bringing city and county neighborhoods together into a single district, a library district solves the decades-old problem of underfunding community amenities in this growing area.
For all Boulder residents, a library district will provide funding to re-open and fully staff three unique spaces in the heart of Boulder. The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History will receive repairs and additional archival space. The Main Library’s innovative BLDG 61 makerspace - currently only open 2 days per week - will be able to keep its tools in action and offer them to more users. And the 200-seat Canyon Theater will once again be available for free public use, expanding opportunities for community-driven arts and educational programming.