About the Library


View the complete 2018 strategic plan here.

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, eAudiobooks and digital magazines. We have two 'Library on the Go' book exchange locations at the Breckenridge and Frisco transit centers stocked with free books for all ages.

Our Collection Development Plan is available here.

We provide easy access to all of our materials through an online catalog that allows you to place materials on hold. Items will be sent to your home 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.

We offer free programs and events for preschool and elementary age children, teens, and adults which you can view on our events calendar. 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.

The Summit County Library Outreach partners with the Community & Senior Center’s Mountain Meals on Wheels program, who provide nutritious meals to home bound individuals throughout the county. If you are a recipient of Meals on Wheels, you may be eligible to receive book,cdbook, magazine and dvd deliveries along with your meals. To learn more, please contact 970-668-2942 or email Niki Vincze.


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Summit County Library Policies

Rules Governing Use of the Library

The Library staff is responsible for maintaining a safe, orderly and comfortable environment in the Library.

Library—any portion of the Library building or property, or any location in which a Library activity is taking place
Library Staff—any Library employee or Library volunteer

In order to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for the enjoyment of all, we ask that patrons/customers refrain from activities which include, but are not limited to:

· loitering
· placing feet on furniture
· sleeping
· talking on cell phones or any other electronic device
· soliciting
· leaving children unsupervised who may be at risk, vulnerable, or disruptive.
· bringing pets into the Library, other than service animals providing assistance to persons with disabilities
· leaving unattended pets on Library property, tethered or untethered
· harassing or purposefully annoying other persons or staff
· using abusive or obscene language
· viewing obscene material that is offensive to others in the building (obscenity in this document is: anything offensive to community standards of modesty or decency)
· using tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or illegal substances of any kind.
· being disorderly
· committing any acts set and determined to be illegal by local, state or federal law or ordinance

Anyone who violates these rules may be banned from the Library.

Revised and approved by the Summit County Library Board May 23, 2019

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 the Summit County Library Board on May 26, 2016.

Internet Policy

In order to continue to meet the changing needs of Summit County residents and in response to advances in technology, the Summit County Library will provide free, equitable, and organized access to Internet resources. The library is committed to providing public access to this communication medium, but also to the development of a catalog of library holdings, periodical indexes and databases and other text files of local and regional interest.

In total, the Summit County Library has limited control over the information accessed through the Internet, a world-wide telecommunications network. 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. In order to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes_24-90-601, et seq., Summit County Libraries uses OpenDNS (Domain Name System) to block adult content on all computers for the protection of minors. This filtering mechanism can be turned off at any time at the request of an adult user upon verification of age.

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:

1) It is not acceptable to use Summit County Library’s electronic resources for illegal or criminal use.
2) It is not acceptable to use library workstations to view obscene material.
3) It is not acceptable to violate legal protections provided by copyright and licenses to program or data.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) It is not acceptable to falsify one’s age to gain access to Internet sites.
7) It is not acceptable to use library Internet workstations beyond the time limits established by library staff.
8) It is not acceptable to use library workstations to send intimidating, sexually offensive, or harassing messages.

Internet Use Contracts:

1. You must sign up to use the Internet computers. You may reserve one hour per day, and one day in advance; if no one else is waiting you may reserve a second hour.
2. At the South Branch Library computer use is on a first-come first-served basis. There is no time limit unless all computers are in use when someone signs up. In that case the person who has been on the longest (but at least one hour) must surrender the computer to the next person.
3. If you print out any pages, there will be a charge of $.25 per page.
4. You may not download to disc or upload from a disc using the library’s Internet computers.
5. If you damage the Internet computers, you will pay for the costs of repair or replacement.

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

Revised and approved by the Summit County Library Board February 22, 2018

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.