Give to the new Clifton Branch Library project.

When you give to the Mesa County Libraries Foundation Clifton Branch Project, your contribution provides a sense of community for our residents and creates equal opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to create, learn, and explore the local area and the world around us.  Mesa County Libraries are a cornerstone of the Grand Valley, adapting to the needs of the community and establishing services that support and enrich the lives of all our residents.

About the Clifton Branch Library Project

A new Clifton Branch Library – containing more space and features than the existing branch – will be an exciting addition to the Clifton community!

Mesa County Libraries plan to build a free-standing library of up to 20,000 square feet (more than three times the size of the current Clifton Branch) that would offer a wide array of services, from community rooms and adult-learning classrooms to larger areas for children and teens.

In 2017, the library district bought a five-acre parcel along F Road as a site for a new library. Community meetings and preliminary design and construction planning were underway when Mesa County offered the library an alternative location as part of a proposed county community center campus to be built near 32½ and D½ roads, adjacent to Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Clifton.

“The library is an incredible asset to this community. Increasing literacy, assisting the community with technology, making technology available to those who otherwise do not have access and socialization for small children, adolescents and the elderly population. There are so many things we would not have without our local library!” – Mesa County Resident, 2019 

The proposed D 1/2 Rd. location offers several benefits for the library and the community, including:

  • Proximity to a large neighborhood and elementary schools
  • Better property configuration for more flexibility in building design
  • More parking availability
  • Location along a road that is less busy and safer than F Road
  • The ability to incorporate design concepts and data from preliminary work on the F Road location into the new location.

Discussions between the library district and Mesa County are ongoing, and a final decision on the location has not been made. If the project moves to the D½ Road location, the library plans to sell the F Road property.

Regardless of the eventual location, Mesa County Libraries remain steadfast in the desire to build a new library serving Clifton. Clifton-area residents want and deserve a right-sized, comfortable library that offers a wide variety of services onsite.

The Clifton Branch is the second-busiest library location in Mesa County, second only to the Central Library in downtown Grand Junction. At 5,400 square feet, the current facility is far too small to adequately serve the 20,000+ residents who live in the branch’s service area, and its replacement is a top goal for Mesa County Libraries.

Because the project is in the negotiation and planning stages, there is not yet a firm cost estimate. Construction would be funded – without a tax increase – by a mix of library district capital funds and monies raised through a capital campaign run by the Mesa County Libraries Foundation.

Donate Online

Our easy form allows visitors to contribute online. Simply fill out the information and choose "Clifton Capital Project"

Donations of $50 or more designated for Capital Projects are eligible for Enterprise Zone state tax credit in addition to the regular IRS charitable contribution deduction.

Donate by Mail

To mail your tax-deductible gift, please print this form and send to:

Mesa County Libraries Foundation
443 North 6th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Tentative Clifton Branch Project Timeline

*This timeline is subject to change at any time.

 

 December 2019: Branch name selected; Library board sets tentative square footage and project scope

 

 Early 2020: Conceptual design work begins

 

 Fall/Winter 2020: Community feedback sought on conceptual design

 

 2021: Hire owner’s representative, architect, and contractor for the project; Select final location after negotiations with Mesa County; Host a Community Open House to review draft plans in December 2021

 

 Early 2022: Begin capital campaign to raise funds for project

 

 Spring/Summer 2022: Groundbreaking – Begin construction

Testimonials

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Mesa County Survey Responses - 2019
The library is a place of resource and refuge for the entire community. It is a safe place for creativity and expression, something this valley needs. 
Mesa County Survey Responses - 2019
The library benefits our community in lots of ways! Book borrowing first and foremost of course. I love the digital borrowing as well, I use that more often than anything else. I also love the fact that we just have a space to grow our community, in whatever ways.

 

Mesa County Survey Responses - 2019
Mesa County Libraries provides a variety of tools that are extremely valuable at no cost so that any resident, regardless of their socio-economic background, can access resources to further their education or interests. 

Services Provided by Mesa County Libraries:

Books, DVDs and audiobooks for checkout
Internet access and public computers
Community rooms and meeting/study rooms
Language education and tutors
Children’s events (classes, storytime, puppet shows, etc...)
970West Studio
Discovery Garden
Comic Con
Activities and spaces for teens
GED and other adult education classes
Technology assistance and computer classes
Personal assistance with library services and information
Drive-up return boxes
Artist in Residence
Culture Fest