WE’RE NUMBER ONE! by Jon Walker

The Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD) has long enjoyed an honored tradition in our community. The institution’s roots date to the nineteenth century. It has supported literacy, lifelong learning, and open access to information for well over one hundred years. Now we have new evidence of the high quality of library services offered here.

The Library Research Service (www.lrs.org) recently released its 2014 Public Library Annual Report. The report provides public library research data from annual surveys, original research projects, and national studies. One LRS component compiles annual statistics for libraries in Colorado. We have been carefully tracking key output data in recent years from LRS. In particular, we have been working to ensure that our community compares well with others serving larger populations in Colorado for the number of items checked out, people visiting our libraries, and individuals attending library-sponsored cultural and educational events.

We were very excited recently with data released by LRS for libraries in Colorado for 2014. PCCLD ranked number one in 2014 when compared to twelve peer libraries for library visits per capita. We jumped from number four in 2010 to first in 2014. PCCLD graded at number one also in program attendance per capita in 2014. This is an improvement from third only five years ago. PCCLD rated fourth in circulation per capita in 2014, a leap from eighth in 2010. These results juxtapose key results for our libraries with those in Aurora, Boulder, Douglas County, Weld County, Jefferson County, Mesa County, Arapahoe County, El Paso County, Westminster, Fort Collins, Adams County, and Denver.

Public library services have been an important part of our community for well over a century. This continues through to today. The numbers really tell the story. More people are visiting our libraries to study, read, meet and exchange ideas, and check out more materials and attend more programs and events. This is testimony to a number of things, but above all it is great staff providing great services to a great community of library supporters.


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