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Library Cards

Sign up for a library card online

Please note that applying for a card online will grant you an Internet Access Pass which allows you to use our online resources and computers; to receive full borrowing privileges you must provide a photo ID and a mailing address at any of the Garfield County Libraries. Only one card is allowed per individual. Library cards expire biennially but can be renewed by contacting your branch library by phone or in person.

Please read our complete Circulation Policy

Choose Your New Library Card At Your Local Branch

Borrowing privileges will be extended free of charge to residents of Garfield County in accordance with C.R.S. 24-90-103, and to all Colorado residents. In order to borrow materials from Garfield County Libraries, Borrowers must register for a Library Card.

Borrowers must use a valid Library Card to borrow Library materials. If a Borrower does not have a Library Card in their possession, they will be required to provide sufficient information to confirm their identity before using the account. Family members may choose to link Library Cards allowing them to share Library Card information. Library Card information must be renewed every two years, except as otherwise noted in Library Card Types below. If not renewed, cards which are free of accrued charges and have not been used for a period of six (6) years will be purged from the database.

All applicants for a Full Access Library Card must provide government-issued photo identification and a mailing address. A Limited Access Library Card is available to Borrowers without government-issued photo identification and a mailing address that allows limited borrowing privileges. If you apply online you will receive your library card number electronically. You will be required to show identification the first time you check out any materials from a branch to receive a Full Access Library Card.

Government-issued photo ID from one of the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • DMV-issued state ID card
  • Government-issued ID card
  • Permanent resident card (green card)

Alternate identification may be accepted at the discretion of the Branch Manager.

Full Access

  • 18 years and older, or minors under 18 with parent or guardian signature
  • No limits on number of items to borrow, however, certain types of material may be subject to further restriction to allow for equitable availability in the community

Media Restricted

  • 18 years and older, or minors under 18 with parent or guardian signature
  • DVD, CD, video games, and other media are not allowed

Limited Access

  • No age limits
  • No parent or guardian signature required
  • No ID or mailing address required
  • May borrow only 1 book at a time
  • DVD, CD, video games, and other media are not allowed
  • May not place holds on items from outside of GCPLD
  • One (1) year expiration

Non-Resident of Colorado

  • One (1) year expiration

Cards are issued only to individuals. The Borrower assumes responsibility for all items checked on the card. Corporate or institutional cards are not issued. Exceptions can be made by the Library Director or designated representative.

Library cards can be replaced by visiting a Garfield County Library.

All items within the library’s collection may be borrowed for 21 days, unless otherwise noted. Certain types of material may be subject to further restriction due to reasons such as high demand, high cost, or rare/archival materials. Such items include but are not limited to Colorado Collection, interlibrary loan, reference, and state park passes. If the due date falls on a holiday or a day the library is closed, the loan period will be extended until the next day the library is open.

There are no limits on the number of items a Borrower may have checked out at one time, as long as the Borrower’s account is in good standing (i.e. account is not blocked from borrowing materials).
The Library will automatically renew borrowed items twice after the initial due date, if the item is not reserved for other library users and the Borrower’s account is in good standing (i.e. account is not blocked from borrowing materials). Each renewal will extend the due date by twenty-one (21) days.

Some items may not be taken out of the building as their physical format is very susceptible to damage; they are often impossible to replace in case of loss; and, they are frequently used as reference sources.

Borrowers can place holds on items through all of the consortial member libraries. These items will be kept on the hold shelf awaiting patron pickup for eight (8) days after the item has been received by Borrower’s home library.
Overdue notices will be sent at seven (7) days and thirty (30) days past due, and a billing notice will be sent at sixty (60) days past due. The first two notices will be sent electronically if an email address is on file. The third notice will be mailed and sent electronically.

Meeting Rooms

Please read our Meeting Room Policy.  All meeting rooms are ADA accessible and include a Loop System to assist the hearing impaired. All meeting room requests must be accompanied by a completed Meeting Room Request Form.  You may complete the request form online but you will need to print it, sign it, and bring it to the library whose meeting room you are requesting.

We have meeting rooms available for use at all of our branch Libraries. Library meeting spaces, including our community rooms and study rooms, are now available free of charge to all members of the community for the presentation and exchange of information and opinions of all kinds.

Contact your library branch to book a room for you or your organization.

View the list of meeting room amenities.

Interested in our small study rooms?  See our Study Room Policy.

Interested in hosting an event on the Glenwood Springs Branch Plaza?  See the Glenwood Springs Plaza and Patio Rental Agreement.

Have more questions? Please contact the branch directly:

Carbondale Branch Library: (970) 963-2889

Glenwood Springs Branch Library: (970) 945-5958  

New Castle Branch Library: (970) 984-2346

Parachute Branch Library: (970) 285-9870

Rifle Branch Library: (970) 625-3471

Silt Branch Library: (970) 876-5500

Request Materials

To request an item to check out, please search our catalog here.  If you do not find what you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.  If we decide to purchase the item, we will put it on hold for you.  If we do not decide to purchase the item, we will make every effort to borrow the item for you from another library.

Transparency Notice

As a publicly-funded entity, we strive to maintain an open operating environment. Our Transparency Notice includes information on our Board of Trustees, tax revenues, and contact information for our Executive Director and Branch Managers. 

Procedure for self‐nomination to the Garfield County Public Library District Board of Trustees

Any interested person can send a letter of interest and resume to the Garfield County Public Library District Board of Trustees, care of:

Garfield County Public Library District Administration
207 East Avenue
Rifle, CO 81650

Recommendations for appointment are sent to the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners for review and approval on an as‐needed basis.

See current Board of Trustees and their community affiliations.

Mill levy and total tax revenues

The Garfield County Public Library District collects 1 mill of property tax annually through 2027 as well as one-quarter cent of the County sales tax and 1.5 mill of property tax in perpetuity. Monthly financials (as part of the Board packet) and annual budget information is available here.

Board meeting information

The Garfield County Public Library District Board of Trustees meets on the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. The meetings rotate between the six branch libraries and the Administrative offices. The agenda and meeting announcements are posted on our website as well as on the bulletin boards at all six library locations one week in advance of the meetings.