User Fees & Charges for Resort Libraries in Colorado 1996

At the request of one of Colorado’s 12 public libraries in resort communities, this group of libraries was surveyed regarding the range of services they provide and the types and amounts of fees or other charges they assess for services. The results of this survey indicate that free public library service is alive and well in the overwhelming majority of the state’s resort communities.

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  • All Colorado resort libraries have audio book collections that are available to the public at no cost.
  • Eight of the state’s 12 resort libraries provide music on cassette, all at no cost to the public.
  • Eleven of the dozen libraries in Colorado resort areas have video collections. Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, the only one that charges for video loans, charges one dollar per week. Basalt Library District assesses a one dollar per day late fee on videos returned after their due dates.

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