Welcome to SWLP Library District

Connecting Community ~ Unveiling Possibilities.

The Southwest La Plata Library District will be opening up search processes to fill our Library District Director’s position and several other part-time staff positions in the near future. 

SWLPLD Community Survey 2022

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

Southwest La Plata Library District Map
Friends Book Sale SS June 19, 2022
Durango Powerhouse & Library MakerLab
Friends Book Sale FLM June 28, 2022

Ft. Lewis Mesa Library

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

Open to the public M-F, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunnyside Library

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

Open to the public M-F, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Curbside pickup for both libraries:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

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.

The Southwest La Plata Library District is currently seeking an individual to fill a position on its seven member Board of Trustees for 2022 and potentially several Board positions in subsequent years.

Applicants should have a strong interest in helping the District provide better services for community members. Previous experience with non-profit boards is desirable, along with good communications skills and community involvement of any sort. 

The Board typically meets once a month, and applicants must reside within the District Boundaries can be seen at this link. Current bylaws can be linked to here.

To apply for the open position, fill out the application at the La Plata County Commissioners website, also at co.laplata.co.us/apply or you can visit www.co.laplata.co.us and navigate to:

How Do I > Apply For > Boards & Commissions > Application form, 

to fill out electronically online (this is on the very bottom of the page) prior to March 1, 2022.

For additional information please contact Roy Horvath, Board Chairperson via the contact form at https://swlplibrarydistrict.org/contact_us/ or via phone at 970-749-1181.

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 Public at SS & FLM

Ft Lewis Mesa Community Library

11274 Hwy 140, Hesperus

Call 970-375-3816 ext. 1

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Sunnyside Community Library

75 County Road 218, Durango

Call 970-375-3816 ext. 2