About the Library

The Summit County Library serves the residents and visitors of Summit County with three locations in Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge offering a variety of materials, including books, magazines, newspapers, CDbooks, DVDs, a large-print collection, books in Spanish,eBooks and eAudiobooks. We also have many free programs and events for preschool and elementary age children, teens, and adults. We have two free 'Library on the Go' book exchange locations at the Breckenridge and Frisco transit centers.

We have easy access to all of our materials through our online catalog that allows you to search and place materials on hold. These will be sent to your local library from another Summit County Library or libraries throughout the state. Interlibrary loan is available for materials not carried by the Summit County Library system. Research may be accomplished by searching a variety of databases accessible with a library card. Databases include digital versions of newspapers, journals, books, videos, encyclopedias and other reference works.

All three libraries have meeting rooms available for public, private or non-profit organizations. For more information on reserving a room, please visit our Meeting Rooms page.

Digital Services

Each library provides wireless access that is open and free to the public during library hours. Internet access and word processing are also available for use on public computers.

The library offers eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines for checkout through Overdrive. For help with digital media visit our help page. Various devices such as Kindles, iPads, Chromebooks and Video Editing Equipment can be checked out with a library card. To find out more information, visit our Technology page.

Printing and Photocopying

Black and white copying is available at the Main Library and the North Branch Library for .10 per page. Black and white and color copying is available for .25 per page at the South Branch Library.

Black and white and color printing from a public computer is available for .25 per page at all three locations.

Wireless Printing is available at the South Branch Library. First you must activate your library card or printing card in person at the library. Then by logging into our printing website with your library or printing card, you can remotely upload documents from a personal computer or laptop. To retrieve your documents, bring your library or printing card into the South Branch Library within 48 hours and release your documents from the printer by scanning your card. For wireless printing instructions, click here.

Outreach Services

The Summit County Library Outreach program partners with the Community & Senior Center’s Mountain Meals on Wheels program, who provide nutritious meals to homebound individuals throughout the county. If you are a recipient of Meals on Wheels, you may be eligible to receive book,CDbook and DVD deliveries along with your meals. To learn more, please contact 970-668-2941 or email Rob Rumrill.

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Library Conduct

  • The library is for the use of the Summit County community and visitors thereto.
  • All intended use of the library shall be limited to conduct consistent with the quiet, contemplative study purpose of the library.
  • Any behavior or action that is disruptive to the intended optimum library use shall be cause for expulsion from the premises.
  • Such unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to, loitering, soliciting, loud talking, sleeping, offensive odor, use of personal music devices without headphones, and any other conduct that may inhibit patron use and staff function.

"Policies and procedures document for the Use of the Summit County Libraries" ratified on January 27, 2000 — The Library Board

Unattended Children Policy

The Summit County Libraries welcome library use by children. The Library is a public building with staff available to assist children with accessing library materials and services.

Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or guardian not less than 16 years of age. Exceptions may be given for attendance at library programs.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for the conduct, safety, and well-being of their children while in the library. The library is not equipped, nor is it the library’s role, to provide childcare.

Children who are sick may not be in the library without a parent or adult guardian.

Everyone must comply with the Library Code of Conduct. If an unattended child is disruptive or engaging in unacceptable behavior, library staff reserves the right to require the child to leave. If problems persist with a child’s conduct, a parent/guardian must meet with the Branch Manager and the child may lose the privilege to visit the library unattended.

If a child is not picked up by a parent at the closing time of the library, a staff member will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached within 10 minutes after the library closes, staff will call the non-emergency Police number and ask to have the child picked up. A note will be left on the door stating, “Unattended child is with police.” Under no circumstances will staff transport any child to another location.

Approved by Library Board on May 26, 2016

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and these basic policies should guide their services.

Internet Policy

  • Summit County libraries will provide free, equitable, and organized access to Internet resources. The Library is committed to providing public access to the Internet, as well as to the development of a catalog of library holdings, periodical indexes and databases and other text files of local and regional interest.
  • Summit County Library has limited control over the information accessed through the Internet.
  • We cannot be held responsible for its content, nor can we be held responsible for any financial losses that might occur through the activities of our patrons conducted over the Internet.
  • We cannot guarantee the security or confidentiality of transactions conducted over the Internet. As with other library materials, supervision or restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. It is also the responsibility of the child.
  • Much of the information on the Internet is timely, useful, and/or entertaining. Some of it is dated, erroneous, or offensive. This is also the case with printed materials. Library users should cast a cautious eye on any and all data they discover.

Unacceptable Use

Engaging in unacceptable uses of the library's Internet resources will result in a loss of access to Internet resources and library privileges.

  • It is not acceptable to use Summit County Library's electronic resources for illegal or criminal use.
  • It is not acceptable to use library workstations to view obscene material.
  • It is not acceptable to violate legal protections provided by copyright and licenses to program or data.
  • It is not acceptable to use library resources to seek to infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter software or hardware components of a local or remote computer or computing system.
  • It is not acceptable to seek information, obtain copies of, or modify files, or other data, or passwords belonging to other users.
  • Users shall not represent themselves as another user unless explicitly authorized to do so by that user.
  • It is not acceptable to falsify one's age to gain access to Internet sites.
  • It is not acceptable to use library Internet workstations beyond the time limits established by library staff.
  • It is not acceptable to use library workstations to send intimidating, sexually offensive, or harassing messages.

    Revised and approved by the Summit County Library Board February 28, 2002

Internet Use Contracts

Children under the age of 18 will need to have a parent/guardian signed permission form in order to use the library's Internet.