The library district is moving forward in a big way, and we need your help. As trustee Jim Stuart recently pointed out, we are about to embark upon perhaps the largest single expansion in the history of our community with the addition of three new full-service public libraries: the Pueblo East Side Library, the St. Charles Mesa Library, and the Greenhorn Valley Library.

The project to build, furnish and equip all three new libraries requires a $6.1 million capital investment. The library district has more than ninety percent of the necessary funds in place for the new libraries. However, we need another $535,000 to “top off” the fundraising and provide the money required to complete the project.

We need your help to raise this money. The public library represents among the greatest of American traditions with its focus on lifelong learning and open access to information for all. It has been called the most democratic of institutions. In terms of “Return on Investment,” a 2009 study concluded that public libraries return five dollars or more for every one dollar invested (http://www.lrs.org/documents/closer_look/roi.pdf).

Libraries are often viewed as an important measure of a community’s cultural success. If this is true, Pueblo County is on the move. Our libraries in Pueblo County have never been more popular. More people are visiting our libraries than ever before. More books and other materials are being checked out from our libraries than ever before. More people are attending library programs and events than ever before. The need has never been greater than now.

Please help us provide these new libraries for Pueblo County. To contribute, contact the library’s development office at 562-5605, or go to www.pueblolibrary.org and click on “Donate.”


The library is a learning institution.  First and foremost, the Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD) exists to ensure members of our...