Manitou Springs Public Library Joins Pikes Peak Library District

11/08/2012

In an historic election on November 6, Manitou Springs residents voted to have their local library become part of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). The approved Issue 2B will raise property taxes by 1.2 mills in Manitou Springs, generating $240,000 in 2013 and allowing Manitou Springs Public Library (MSPL) to join PPLD and its 14 other facilities serving El Paso County.

“The positive election results for the Manitou Springs Public Library to join Pikes Peak Library District mean that we are combining over a hundred years of service in each of our two library systems together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together. We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”

The Manitou library was among proposed budget cuts in Manitou Springs before citizens petitioned to place Issue 2B on the ballot. MSPL was excited to hear that library service to Manitou Springs residents would not only continue, but be expanded.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our library and we’re thrilled to become a part of Pikes Peak Library District,” said MSPL Executive Director Margaret Morris. “This merger into such a progressive, nationally-recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative always has been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”

“The vote to approve the merger of the Manitou Springs Public Library and the Pikes Peak Library District creates an historic opportunity to enhance and sustain our library and our community for future generations,” said MSPL Board of Trustees President Michael Massik. “As PPLD adds a new community and a Carnegie Library into the District, the citizens of Manitou Springs gain access to an abundance of new resources that will enhance our library services, assist our students and children and elevate our community and lifestyle. We eagerly look forward to this partnership with excitement and enthusiasm.”

Ken Beach, Chair of PPLD Board’s Governance Committee, participated in the early discussions with MSPL after they first inquired about the possibility of joining PPLD. He noted that, “It was a smooth and cooperative process with the Manitou Library Board, Friends group, and the City, and I am pleased to see everyone’s hard work rewarded with this positive result.”

PPLD Board of Trustees President Kathleen Owings said, “We are delighted for Manitou Springs to join Pikes Peak Library District. This will be a great synergy for the residents of both communities and allow the library to further build on sustainable library services for the region.”

While the transition will not be officially effective until 2013, PPLD will soon begin issuing cards to all Manitou Springs library patrons who wish to begin using PPLD services immediately. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL card to check out materials from the Manitou Library until the end of the year.

A full migration of patron data from MSPL will be completed by PPLD by January 1, at which time all Manitou library users can begin using their PPLD-issued library card for all their library materials. A celebration of this historic transition will occur at MSPL in January.