The Southwest La Plata Library District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen has been selected as the new Library Director, replacing Patricia Johnson, who has served as Interim Director since Sept. 2020.   Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen’s employment with the district will begin November 8th, 2021.

Elizabeth joins us with over 15 years of library experience in Southwest Colorado.  She will oversee the Ft. Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside public libraries, assist the Board in developing a strategic plan, perform community outreach, administer and monitor expenditures, and serve as liaison between Southwest La Plata Library District and Durango School District 9R, La Plata County, and community service organizations.  We look forward to her leadership and direction.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the Southwest La Plata Library District.


Ft. Lewis Mesa Community Library

11274 Colorado State Hwy. 140
Hesperus, Colorado, 81326

Call Chris at 970-588-3331 ext. 3802

Sunnyside Community Library

75 County Road 218
Durango, Colorado 81303

Call Tricia at 970-375-3816

Curbside pickup for both libraries:
2pm – 7pm   Monday ~ Friday

The Southwest La Plata Library District 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 & 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 & positive connections within our communities.
  • Create affordable, accessible, 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

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



Notary at Ft Lewis Mesa Library

11274 Hwy 140, Hesperus

Call 970-588-3331