Poudre River Public Library District

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The Poudre River Public Library District is a new entity created by citizen vote in 2006, with the established Fort Collins Public Library System as its foundation. It serves more than 177,000 people across northern Larimer County, Colorado[1] including Fort Collins and Timnath.

The district is governed by an all-volunteer board of trustees appointed by city and county officials. The current board, composed of seven experienced community leaders, began its work immediately after being appointed in March, 2007.

The board is responsible for guiding the transition from a city library system to a broader library district; for overseeing library operations; and for developing a long-range vision for the new district.


The Poudre River Public Library District was formerly known as both the Fort Collins Public Library and the Fort Collins Regional Library District. The library as an institution dates from the late 19th century when a collection was housed on South College Avenue in downtown. In 1903, the library acquired its first dedicated structure by a donation from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.[2] It was the sixth public library in the state. The Carnegie Library building, located in Library Park (formerly Lincoln Park) was used to house the library collection until 1974, when the current Old Town Library (formerly Main Library) was constructed on the east side of Library Park. The former Carnegie Library now houses the Fort Collins Museum. In 1998 a second branch, Harmony Library, was constructed on Harmony Road in southwest Fort Collins. Harmony Library is a joint-use facility operated by Front Range Community College and the library district.[3] In 2009 the district opened a third branch, Council Tree Library, in southeast Fort Collins at Front Range Village Shopping Center.

Library Branches and Administrative[edit]

  • Old Town Library
  • Harmony Library
  • Council Tree Library
  • Webster House Administrative Center

Source: Locations & Hours. Poudre River Public Library District website. Retrieved: 2013-11-09.


  1. ^ Lachelt, Jon. "Community Report". Poudre River Public Library District. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Lachelt, Jon. "Carnegie Library". Scout.me. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Lachelt, Jon. "Harmony Library". FrontRange.edu. Front Range Community College. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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