The standards describe best practices for achieving excellence.

Each standard has a short introductory section followed by a checklist. When pertinent, tables are available to provide libraries with information that has been compiled from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report, and when available, the National Public Library Report. As an aid in planning, the checklist provides a means by which library stakeholders can discuss and determine how their library has addressed or should address that standard. In some cases, libraries will surpass the recommendation; in others, libraries may find other ways to address that recommendation, or may decide that the recommendation is not relevant or meaningful in their community. It is recommended that Library Directors review each one of the standards by bringing them one by one to their board meetings throughout the year.


There are eleven standards to guide you in planning and operating your library. The introduction will assist you in understanding the full intent and purpose of the Colorado Public Library Standards.

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