InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Wed., July 6 while their floors are refinished.

What's New!

Did you know you can now suspend unavailable holds in your account? That's right, have your holds become available when you want them!

Here's how:

  • Log on to the Catalog to view your account.
  • Select holds to be suspended, click the 'Suspend Holds' button, and select the suspend start and end dates. The start date should be the current date.
  • You will continue to rise in the hold queue while the hold is suspended.
  • When you are number one in the queue, and have the hold suspended, holds below yours will be filled.
  • If you wish to activate the hold prior to the "Unsuspend" date you entered, you can cancel the hold suspension.
  • Available holds cannot be suspended.




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We sometimes get asked 'Why should I support libraries?' Well, take a look at these statistics:

2013: PPLD in Review

  • 8.9 million circulation (items checked out and returned)
  • 3.6 million visits to our physical locations
  • 4.2 million sessions
  • 145,000 wireless sessions
  • 874,000 PC sessions
  • 9,500 programs offered
  • 563,000 reference questions

Whew! We're working harder than ever for you!

Want more information? Here's our Annual Report!


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A PPLD staff member was at the Walmart across the street this afternoon when a cashier approached her and said (with tears in her eyes).

“I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me. It’s because of you that I got this job here. I was at the library some time ago and you let me use the computer, even though my card was blocked. I needed to fill out the application for this job, and I did, and I got it! I was on the verge of homelessness and hopelessness when I came into your library, and because of you my life is better. Thank you so much!”


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Some winners of the 35th Annual Telly Awards have been announced and Pikes Peak Library District’s Jamey Hastings and Heather Jordan have been awarded a Silver Telly (highest honor) for their film In Our Own Backyard: Reflections on the Waldo Canyon Fire. The film features the stories of families and individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and the first responders who valiantly battled the blaze in the neighborhoods of northwest Colorado Springs. Based on extensive interviews conducted by PPLD archivist Jordan, the film is a moving portrait of a community persevering hard times and coming together to rebuild.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

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Koyoonk’auwi (Concow) poet Janice Gould is the Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate for 2014-2016. Her poetry has been published in over sixty publications, and has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Writers, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and from the online publication Native Literatures: Generations. Her books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet, Earthquake Weather, and most recently, Doubters and Dreamers, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for 2012, and for the 2012 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. In March 2012 Janice completed a Residency for Indigenous Writers at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A musician as well as a poet, Janice plays guitar and accordion, and helped found and performed with Trio Pan Dulce in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico, and more recently a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Janice is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST), where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies.

Here are some poems:

The Crags


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View 85,000 Historic Newsreel Videos for Free

From 1910 until it closed in 1970, Pathé News was one of the world's best-known news agencies. Based in Britain, and indeed originally known as British Pathé, it produced tens of thousands of filmed news reports, covering major stories and events all over the world.

Last week, its entire archive of 85,000 videos was put online, on a dedicated YouTube channel that you can browse and view at entirely free of charge. So whether you're interested in coverage of the Hindenburg airship disaster from 1937, Arnold Schwarzenegger winning Mr Universe in 1969, or baby chickens hatching in a frying pan, you'll find it all here.

And yes, the chickens in the frying pan is real. See for the full report.

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Paula Miller

Paula J. Miller, Pikes Peak Library District Executive Director, will be leaving El Paso County’s celebrated library system to head up the Baltimore County Public Library System in Baltimore, Maryland, late this summer.

Miller assumed the role of Executive Director for PPLD in 2006. She leaves behind an award-winning District poised to transform library service with the opening of Library 21c, PPLD’s showplace for 21st century library service.

Miller led the District during one of its biggest periods of transformation.

In 2007, the District completed renovation of the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, a busy community library dedicated to serving the city's west side. The project brought the historic building into the 21st century both technologically and structurally, while maintaining the integrity of the original design.

In August of that same year, PPLD opened the East Teen Center in the East Library. The ETC provides a space for teens that includes teen books and magazines, study rooms, computers, a gaming area, and a fun place to hang out in the library.

In 2008, PPLD expanded services to senior facilities throughout the region with a new mobile services van. PPLD also purchased a new bookmobile, funded primarily from a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The bookmobile is used to service rural county locations.

In 2009, renovation on the Sand Creek Library was completed, providing increased computer access, PPLD's first drive-thru holds pick up, and expanded collections and meeting space.

In 2010, PPLD incorporated radio frequency identification technology (RFID) into its collection and all facilities. The District also opened the High Prairie Library in Falcon, a project funded in great part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In 2011, the Library Express, a vending machine stocked with popular books and DVDs, began operation in the First & Main Town Center, giving PPLD its first presence on the Powers Corridor.

In 2013, Manitou Springs Public Library joined Pikes Peak Library District following a ballot initiative which was passed by citizens of Manitou Springs in the November 2012 election.

Under Miller’s leadership, PPLD has been on the cutting edge of the national transformation of libraries into a new century. The innovative services and spaces our local libraries have been offering to individuals and businesses to learn, collaborate, and succeed will be showcased in Miller’s signature accomplishment, the new Library 21c. It is a model that will expand to East and Penrose libraries and beyond to PPLD’s 11 community libraries. These improvements will be funded, in part, through the District’s ongoing $3.9 million Capital Campaign.

Kathleen Owings, President of the Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees, stated “Paula Miller and the PPLD staff have worked together with the Board of Trustees to develop a model for libraries to meet the resource needs of our community. After the grand opening of Library 21c this summer, we will continue to transform the other libraries in the District. Paula will now be able to take the concept of 21st century library service into another community.”

The Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees will be conducting a national search for Miller’s replacement.

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PPLD recently conducted a video contest in which entrants were asked to create a video of 60 seconds or less letting us know why PPLD Rocks. Here are the winners:

First Place:

Second Place:

Third Place:

Judging was very difficult because we received so many other wonderful entries:

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On behalf of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project selection committee and program organizers, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is pleased to announce that Janice Gould has been selected as the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. An accomplished poet and educator, Dr. Gould is an associate professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she developed and directs the concentration in Native American Studies. “I'm honored, very pleased, and looking forward to becoming the next ambassador for poetry in our community,” said Dr. Gould. She will succeed Price Strobridge, who served as Pikes Peak Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

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Gazette reporter and Colorado Springs native, David Philipps, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

"...for expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action. "

Click here to read the Pulitzer Prize winning series, Other Than Honorable.

Congratulations to David Philipps and The Gazette!

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