We are the Boulder Library Champions!
The Boulder Library Champions is a grassroots group of community volunteers who have come together in support of our Boulder Public Library and our community's vision for its future.
We are working to secure sustainable funding for our library.
Our Boulder Public Library is beloved for its excellent service, innovative offerings and commitment to the Boulder community. With over 1 million visitors in 2018, our Boulder Public Library's popularity continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
Unfortunately, funding and staff have not grown over the years with the demand for existing and new library services.
By creating a library district, our Boulder Public Library would be funded through a dedicated property tax rather than competing with other city departments. This would provide reliable, predictable funding and the ability to confidently plan for the future to create even better libraries for our community. Library districts are now the most common form of governance and funding for Colorado libraries.
Read the Boulder Daily Camera's endorsement: Create a district for Boulder Public Library
Why we are advocating for the creation of a library district.
Analysis shows that while most households in Boulder have library cards, nearly 40,000 cardholders live outside the Boulder city limits. No other library system of Boulder’s size has a similar, disproportionate number of cardholders living outside the library’s boundaries.
Creating a library district offers the most equitable, reliable and accountable approach to funding by better matching the patron base and the funding base; an approach taken by every other library in Colorado similar to Boulder in size and patron base.
And, a single purpose district enhances taxpayer accountability because its leadership is focused solely on the library. The library’s community assets remain in service to the community, directly maintained and invested in by the district at the direction of the library board.
We are inviting you to join us.
The Boulder Library Champions are campaigning now to add this issue to the 2019 November election ballot.