Welcome to Southwest La Plata Library District

Fort Lewis Mesa & Sunnyside Community Libraries

Connecting Community ~ Unveiling Possibilities

Sunnyside Elementary School
Fort Lewis Elementary School with students
Teens at Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library
Sunnyside nonfiction collection
Sunnyside wildlife display #1
Two children at AWE station
Sunnyside's Old Homestead Mobile Home Park Little Free Library
FLM Library Non-Fiction Section
Sunnyside Elementary, Durango, CO
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, Hesperus, CO
Teens sign up for Summer Reading at Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library
Sunnyside Community Library nonfiction collection
Sunnyside Community Library wildlife display
Children enjoy the AWE station at Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library
Sunnyside's Old Homestead Mobile Home Park Little Free Library
FLM Non-Fiction Section
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Sunnyside Elementary, Durango, CO
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, Hesperus, CO
Teens sign up for Summer Reading at Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library
Sunnyside Community Library
Sunnyside Community Library
Children enjoy the AWE station at Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library
Sunnyside's Old Homestead Mobile Home Park Little Free Library
FLM Non-Fiction Section
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Fort Lewis Mesa Community Library

Open to the public

Located at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary

11274 Colorado State Hwy. 140
Hesperus, Colorado, 81326
(970) 375-3816 ext. 1
Christina Conrad, Library Manager

School Year Hrs: M-F, 2:30 pm to 7 pm

Sunnyside Community Library

Open to the public
Located at Sunnyside Elementary

75 County Road 218
Durango, Colorado 81303
(970) 375-3816 ext. 2
Bethany Murga, Library Manager

School Year Hrs: M-F, 3 pm to 7 pm

Both Libraries offer the following services to the community:

Notary Public, Copies, Scanning, Wifi, DVDs & DVD Rental, Audio Books, Activity Kits, Book packs, Launchpads, Computers, Colorado Parks Backpacks and passes, Powerhouse Science Center Family Passes, and don’t forget we have…

CURBSIDE PICK-UP: MON-FRI, 9 AM – 6 PM

Please have your application submitted by November 7th

Do you enjoy helping people?

Do you love books?

Join our team!

We are currently hiring.

Visit our job opportunity page

The Southwest La Plata Library District (SWLPLD) believes libraries are important because they:

  • provide an educational, cultural, and social meeting place for all ages.
  • offer resources for preschoolers to senior citizens, homeschoolers to English language learners.
  • supply books, audio and visual media, activities, and programs for free via your library card.
  • provide internet access available to all.
  • maintain collections of local history and stories.
  • build strong and positive connections within our communities.
  • create affordable, accessible, and vital community centers for our rural communities.

    Our Mission

    The Southwest La Plata Library District Board of Trustee’s mission is to oversee the administration and fiscal resources of the Library District. In partnership with Durango School District 9-R, we strive for community participation to support and enrich the Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa communities with educational, social, and cultural opportunities. We bring together resources, services, and expertise to inspire our residents of all ages to read, explore, ask, and discover. With this goal in mind, our libraries provide books and other materials for learning and enjoyment, encourage reading, supplement learning, and provide access to technology.

    Board of Trustees

    PO Box 62
    Marvel, CO 81329
Durango Powerhouse Science Center Passes Information
Notary Public at SS & FLM
Library Discovery Backpacks

SWLPLD Community Survey 2022

The Southwest La Plata Library District was created in 2019 to save our two libraries, Sunnyside Public Library and Fort Lewis Mesa Public Library, from being closed. We have spent the past few years establishing a foundation for the successful future of these two rural La Plata county libraries.

Now, we’re reaching out to the community and asking for your ideas and feedback. Please help us by clicking on the button below and filling out our survey!

(Please note: If you are filling out the survey using a phone or other small device, you may need to scroll right to see the full survey text on some questions)

SWLPLD Public Notices

Notices of public meetings of the SWLPLD Board of Trustees can be found at the Official Meeting Announcements Page

Job Openings

The Southwest La Plata Library District will open a search process to fill the SWLPLD Director’s position and several other part-time staff positions in the near future. 

Southwest La Plata Library District Map