Colorado State Library

Denver, United States

Colorado State Library

The Colorado State Library is the official State Library of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado. It manages the Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL), the Colorado State Publications Library (CoSPL), Networking & Resource Sharing (NRS), Library Research Service (LRS) and provides library development opportunities for public and school libraries as well as institutional libraries. It also maintains an archive of information produced by the state government which has over 140,000 documents.

The Territorial Library and Cabinet was created on November 6, 1861. The Territorial Superintendent of Public Schools was named the Ex Officio Librarian. This institution became the state library when Colorado became a U. S. state in 1876. In 1899 the State Board of Library Commissioners was formed to improve and support public library services in the state. In 1929 the State Board of Library Commissioners merged with the Colorado Traveling Library Commission which had been established by the local State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1903. This new agency was called the Colorado Library Commission until 1933 when it became the Colorado State Library.

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