All those who live within the Estes Valley Public Library District (Library) boundaries as well as visitors to the Library are welcome and eligible to become patrons, by applying for a Library card. The Library practices non-discrimination in all of its activities and operations, including application and eligibility for use of a library account. The Library treats all patron information as confidential as provided for in Colorado Library Law.

While some services are available to any who enter, an Account allows patrons to gain access to Library material checkouts and other specific services. Account holders agree to assume responsibility for the materials and services consumed, used, or damaged. 

You must present your library card, photo ID, or know your account number and PIN (personal identification number) to check out materials and for other services.  If your card is lost or stolen, contact the Library to block the account. You will receive a free replacement card next time you are in the Library.

It is the cardholder’s responsibility to update account information if changes occur.  Incorrect contact information on file does not relieve the patron from responsibilities for fees. While there are fees for consumables and other services, damage and loss, the Library is fine-free – overdues do not incur a fine.  For more information, refer to our Fees Policy.

Your library card is valid for three years, as long as you use it at least once in that period. Every three years, Library accounts must be renewed and updated.  

The Library provides Library cards to four types of Account holders:

  1. District Resident (those who live within the Library district boundaries)
  2. Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC)
  3. Non-District
  4. Visitors
  1. District Residents

District Resident Library cards are free for all residents of the Library District. Any adult may obtain a card by applying in person at the Library and showing proof of District residency which may include a rental agreement or proof of ownership. Persons who own property within the District will be considered Residents for Account type purposes whether or not the property is their primary residence.

House Calls

To serve patrons who are homebound due to ailment or disability, the Library offers home delivery service for eligible patrons for extended time periods. 


Minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to open an Account and receive a Library card. Until the minor reaches the age of 18, the parent or legal guardian is financially responsible for the minor’s Library Account. 


  • Estes Park School District R-3

When approved by their parent or guardian, every student ID works as a public library card. If a student is using their school ID as their library card, they will be eligible for a new, non-student card upon turning 18.

  • Eagle Rock School 

Student accounts are valid for the duration of their enrollment. Lending limits for students are negotiated with the School and may be changed without notice at the discretion of the Library Director.

School Faculty

Faculty at both local schools receive full District benefits regardless of residency. Also, teachers receive extended loan periods for materials used in the classroom.

  1. Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC)

CLC is a reciprocal borrowing program. Anyone residing in the state of Colorado and directly or indirectly paying local taxes or fees for library service is eligible for the CLC program with the Estes Valley Library. In return, Estes Valley Library residents are eligible for CLC cards at all other participating Colorado libraries. Eligible CLC Account holders must present their home library card and photo ID at the time of application and be in continuous good standing at their home library. Lending limits for CLC borrowers may be changed without notice at the discretion of the Library Director.

  1. Non-District

(e.g.,) Greater Estes Valley: The Library currently provides services to the following neighboring, non-District, non-CLC Colorado residents at no charge:

  • Allenspark residents
  • Drake residents
  1. Visitor

All others may apply for a temporary Visitor card. This account type serves out-of-state visitors to the Estes Valley, temporary seasonal workers, and Coloradans who do not pay taxes in support of a local public library. A Visitor card may be issued upon receipt of a refundable deposit and required documentation.

Upon return of all materials and closing of the account, a refund will be issued to the Visitor. If not collected by the cardholder, the deposit will be forfeited after three months of non-use, or the card expiration date, and will transfer as a donation to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation.


Please refer to the Circulation, Management and Patron Policy sets for additional information.

The Estes Valley Library Card Eligibility Policy was adopted and approved by the Estes Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees on December 11, 2006, and revised on November 16, 2009, April 21, 2014, December 14, 2015, March 18, 2019, August 19, 2019 and May 16, 2022.

John Krueger, President                                                           Peter Johnson, Secretary