SWLP Library District


Welcome to the website for our state’s youngest library district. We are striving for increased community awareness and participation.  We invite you to explore our pages and to contact us we questions or comments.

Southwest La Plata Library District is the result of citizens dedicated to saving their two rural libraries so that the libraries could continue promoting lifelong learning in these communities.

We are grateful that our citizens trust us with their tax dollars.  Our mission is to use this fiscal resource wisely.  We are also grateful for our current partner, Durango School District 9R.  We are striving for increased local participation in our community-owned Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa Public Libraries as they continue to enrich the educational, social, and cultural opportunities in Southwest La Plata County.

As your board, we pledge to provide resources, services, and expertise that will inspire our residents of all ages to read, explore, ask, and discover.  It is our goal that our libraries continually and perpetually encourage reading, supplement learning, and provide access to technology.

Southwest La Plata Library District
PO Box 62
Marvel, CO 81329

For information regarding Southwest La Plata Library District Board meetings – Please link to the official meeting announcement page.

Welcome to the SWLP Library District where we believe libraries are important because they:

  • Provide internet access to patrons without reliable home internet access
  • Provide educational, cultural, & social meeting places for all ages
  • Provide resources for preschoolers to senior citizens, homeschoolers to English language learners
  • Offer a variety of books, audio & visual media, activities & programs for free
  • Maintain collections of local history & stories
  • Build strong & positive connections within our communities
  • Are affordable, accessible, vital centers of our rural communities


  • Books
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Internet
  • Rural Connections
  • Interactive Programs
  • Games
  • Local History
  • Public Meeting Places
  • FUN!

Early in August of 2019, 9R School District came out as an early supporter of our community effort to save Sunnyside Public Library and Fort Lewis Mesa Public Library by forming our own Southwest La Plata Library District. We will strive to fulfill the trust they placed in our effort.

Ballot Measure #6D succeeded Nov. 2019