Mesa County Libraries serve downtown Grand Junction with our Central Library, and seven branch libraries serve communities throughout Mesa County.
Mesa County Libraries provide information and enrichment to our community, and connection to the world.
Library Values Statement
We at our library value:
- Excellent customer service
- Open and respectful access to all
- Diversity, intellectual freedom, and personal privacy
- Collaboration with local agencies and organizations
- Effective and efficient stewardship of library resources
- Staff for their initiative, flexibility, and teamwork
- Goal #1 – Mesa County Libraries provide safe and welcoming facilities.
- Goal #2 – Patrons of Mesa County Libraries find, evaluate, use, and create information effectively.
- Goal #3 – Mesa County Libraries support school readiness and continued educational success for youth.
- Goal #4 – Mesa County Libraries support basic adult literacy, English language instruction, and preparation for U.S. Citizenship to ensure that Mesa County residents may fully participate in American life.
- Goal #5 – Mesa County Libraries provide a generous variety of materials in physical and electronic formats for reading, viewing, and listening, and staff members assist with patron selections.
- Goal #6 – Mesa County Libraries foster civic engagement, cultural awareness, strong enterprises, and community partnerships.
How is the Mesa County Public Library District funded?
The Library District is heavily reliant on property taxes to support operations. As a result, the general economy and the changes in property values have a major impact on the District’s revenue streams.
The Library District receives most of its funding through a 3.00 mill levy that appears on individual property owner’s tax bills. This was approved by Mesa County voters in 1990. Additional revenue sources include Specific Ownership Taxes, fines on overdue materials, charges for services, interest income, reimbursement for lost library materials, and other miscellaneous items. The Mesa County Public Library Foundation contributes additional support through fundraising projects.
In 1997 the voters approved the Library District’s to be exempted from certain TABOR limitations.
Specific financial information is detailed in annual financial updates including the annual audits and annual reports found at the bottom of our Board/Reports page.
Who governs Mesa County Public Library District and how is it run?
A seven-member volunteer Board of Trustees is appointed by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners to establish library policy, including issues related to expansion.