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State Librarian

Mr. Eugene Hainer
Director and State Librarian
Colorado State Library
201 East Colfax Avenue
Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799
Phone: 303/866-6733
Fax: 303/866-6940

State library website:

photo of Colorado State Librarian“Literacy-based programming is a top priority. Resource sharing—building consortia as specific needs arise—is high on our list, as is building collaboration with the schools. We’ll continue successful initiatives like Plinkit, the software program our public libraries use to create their own information-sharing websites.”

--Eugene Hainer, Director and State Librarian, Colorado State Library


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$2,915,938 $2,694,346 $2,641,949 $2,530,270 $2,636,913

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Project Examples

Connecting Children Through Adaptive Services and Technology
The Jefferson County Public Library provided American Sign Language (ASL) storytime programs, adaptive technology software and classes for staff and patrons on the use of the software. The reading level of deaf and hard-of-hearing children often lags behind that of their hearing peers. To lessen this gap, the program emphasized teaching early literacy skills and giving the children access to assistive technology to expand opportunities to read and write in ways that are not possible without this special equipment. In addition, the program gave the children options for completing their schoolwork and for pursuing personal interests that would also improve their reading and writing skills. This effort allowed the library to provide services to students to help them succeed in school and raised community awareness of the partnership between the library and the Jefferson County Public School District.
IMLS Funds: $18,954

Job Resources with Wireless Laptops/Laptop Checkout
Manitou Springs Public Library partnered with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to conduct computer classes on job-related resources and materials. Individuals with few job-searching skills and limited access to the Internet comprised the target audience. Over a period of eight months, 41 classes addressed resume writing, online job searching and applications, and interview preparation. Individual training followed for the next two months. The library purchased eight laptops along with a license for resume software, and a formal laptop agreement was created for patrons who checked out the laptops for home use. Teen classes were added to the project at the local high school in preparation for their lives after graduation. Local business owners came to classes to help students practice interview skills and to give them the chance to apply for job openings they were anticipating.
IMLS Funds: $9,150

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Colorado's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 465KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Provide resources for public librarians for implementation of successful summer reading programs for library users of all ages.
  • Provide early literacy resources for public library staff.


  • Fund Content Creation Centers in school and public libraries to encourage students of all ages and adults to become skilled in the use of all nontraditional media for developing original e-content.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Develop, deliver, support and maintain our central website hosting service (Plinkit).
  • Provide portal access to websites, digital collections and more (Colorado Virtual Library).
  • Facilitate library cooperative purchases of databases and e-resources.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Develop, deliver, support, and maintain our statewide interlibrary loan transaction/management system (SWIFT) for multi-type libraries.


  • Support digitization and digital asset management/delivery services.

Reference Services

  • Enhance, deliver, support and maintain statewide cooperative virtual reference services (AskColorado/AskAcademic).

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Maintain a database driven job-listing service (Library Jobline) for residents who are seeking employment.

Business Resources

  • Maintain a database driven job-listing service (Library Jobline) for employers.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide technology support and training for the public library staff.
  • Provide training to public librarians for implementation of successful summer reading programs for library users of all ages.
  • Provide early literacy training for public library staff.
  • Offer sub-grants for innovative projects that match our goals.
  • Library and board training: Offer consulting in areas such as strategic planning, board practices, public library standards, and orientations for new directors.
  • Develop, deliver, support and maintain websites for performance support and to facilitate informal and social learning.
  • Develop a website that includes an online calendar of library staff learning events, including a variety of self-directed learning resources.

Marketing and Market Research

  • Facilitate and create opportunities for library professionals to learn good techniques for collecting, analyzing, and reporting library data.
  • Facilitate our libraries’ exploration of best e-book purchase and delivery strategies.


  • Bring together the main continuing education providers in the state to coordinate development and program offerings.
  • In collaboration with the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education MLIS program offer two to three research fellowships to selected students.
  • Offer Highly Effective Library Program in Schools (HELPS), a training program in 21st century skills for school library staff.
  • Offer online continuing education to support a competency-based training program for library technician apprentices in adult prisons and youth correctional facilities.

Civic Engagement

Civic Collaboration

  • Acquire, catalog, and maintain print and electronic publications produced by all state agencies.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide library services to print-disabled residents of Colorado, including Talking Books, Braille books, large-print books, and descriptive videos.
  • Provide resources and training to public librarians for the Read to the Children early literacy program in adult prisons.
  • Identify technologies and digital media that can be used securely in the prison environment to train people who are incarcerated.
  • Provide re-entry public library services for ex-offenders to improve post-release outcomes.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Colorado's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 2,514KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Colorado's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 372KB).