The Estes Valley Library (Library) is a service organization and its patrons expect the Library to be open even in severe weather or when building functions are impaired. Under these conditions, every reasonable effort will be made to maintain regular Library operating hours. The primary factors of any decision made to close the Library will be the safety of the staff and library patrons and protection of library assets.

The Director is authorized to close the Library in cases of emergencies and extreme weather. The decisions any Library employee makes while acting in good faith according to Library policies and procedures in an emergency, will be supported by their supervisor and Library administration.

The Library may close or postpone opening when weather conditions exist making it highly improbable or dangerous for travel. In cases of impaired building function (e.g. power outage) closing is at the discretion of the Library Director. The Library Board President will be called and advised of the situation.

Public announcements of the unscheduled closure will be made on the Library website, social media, and by any other sources deemed useful by the Library Director. A note will be posted, when possible, on the front door describing the situation and stating when the Library is expected to reopen.


Please refer to the Management Policy set for more information.

The Estes Valley Library Closing & Emergency Decisions Policy was adopted and approved by the Estes Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees on May 15, 2006 and revised on June 15, 2009, December 12, 2011, November 16, 2015, and April 16, 2018.

Don Bryson, President                                                          Bill Gerritz, Secretary