FAQs & How To

Starting June 1 our Library will be open on Thursdays during the summer from 10:30am to 5 pm! 

How do I download an e-book from the Lyons Regional Library?
Does the library have free WIFI and a computer I can use?
What if the library does not have the item I need?
How can I donate books and other items to the Library?
Where can I return library items after hours?
Can I return books from other public libraries?
How is the Lyons Regional Library District funded?
Will a new or larger library be built in Lyons?
Can I receive text notifications regarding my library card account?
What about the Mill Levy?


How do I download an e-book from the Lyons Regional Library?

Click on this link HERE to have all your questions answered. Or come on into the library with your device and we’ll help you get started!

Does the library have free wifi and a computer I can use?

img_1933Absolutely! Use your own tech device to access our wifi, or we have several Windows PCs and Macintosh public computers for your use. No library card required. We also have a printer. Black and white copies are ten cents each and color copies are 50 cents each. Please pay at the circulation desk in the front. Library staff is also happy to show you how to scan items. We do not have a fax available.

What if the library does not have the item I need?

The Lyons Regional Library has access to over a million books and materials through AspenCat. The catalog of available materials can be found on the Books and More page. To place a hold, enter your User ID (your 14-digit library card number). Your password is your last name, lower case.  The library will notify you, usually by email, when the materials arrive at the library if they are being borrowing from another participating library. Questions? Stop by the library, and let us walk you through this step-by-step, or use one of public computers to search and place a hold.

How can I donate books and other items to the Lyons Regional Library?

Due to our limited space constraints in our temporary location on Main St., we cannot accept donations at this time.  We are currently only accepting:

  • New release materials in perfectly new condition
  • DVDs that are in nearly new condition or better

You can still support the library with your other donations, however!  Simply take your books to the Bookworm in Boulder and ask the credit for the sales to be applied to the “Lyons Regional Library.”  Money from the sales of those materials will be used to purchase materials for your library.

Where can I return library items after hours?

img_1936-e1471626440880The dropbox is near the front door of the Library at 405 Main Street in downtown Lyons.

Can I return books and materials from other public libraries?

Yes. If you check materials out from any library in Colorado and return it to the Lyons Regional Library or our drop box, we will make sure that it is returned to its home library. The date it is returned to the Lyons Regional Library is the date that it is returned. It is not dated by when it arrives at its home library but by the date that it is returned to us at Lyons Regional Library.

How is the Lyons Regional Library funded?

The Lyons Regional Library District is funded by property taxes paid by residents in the Lyons Regional Library District, as approved in a 2014 election.  Property taxes are the sole responsibility of county Assessor’s office. The Lyons Regional Library District Foundation accepts grants and donations as part of a capital campaign to add features to the planned new library/resource center.  The Lyons Regional Library District Foundation has been established and approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization to accept tax-deductible contributions to the new library.  Contributions may be sent to:  Lyons Regional Library District Foundation, PO Box 2505, Lyons, CO 80540.

Will a new or larger library be built in Lyons?

The process continues for the Lyons Regional Library District to create a larger library/resource center with flexible space for our community. Library operations at our Main St. location will continue while our new building is being planned and constructed. Please check this website, local papers, and other outlets for news for opportunities to become involved. Or call the Library at 303-823-5615.

Can I receive text notifications regarding my library card account?

Yes! Through the AspenCat system, Lyons Library patrons have access to Shoutbomb, which sends text messages when items are ready for pickup and when items are overdue. Shoutbomb also allows a patron to use his or her phone to renew items and display fines and fees.

Here are the Shoutbomb Text Notification Instructions! (Note: “Step 6. Text your PIN.” refers to your library card password–your last name lowercase.)

What about the Mill Levy?

A Mill Levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value.

Library operations, including required reserves, are funded by the mill levy. Our District mill levy rate of 5.85 mills is based on property values set by Boulder and Larimer County Assessor’s Offices. Property taxes are the sole responsibility of county Assessor’s office. The Library District does not set these values. The District is not asking for a mill levy rate increase to fund the new community library building.

Other Districts, such as school and fire, also use mill levy. If you are curious to find out how much you paid towards the Library District you can call the Boulder or Larimer County Assessor’s office and ask. You can also visit the Assessor’s Office websites. Look for the Mill Levy Breakouts for your address. The Lyons Regional Library will be its own line item.

Here are some 2016 examples:

from Town of Lyons.
$251,000 assessed value paid $116.93

from Unincorporated Boulder County
$382,700 assessed value paid $178.21

from Unincorporated Larimer County
$888,200 assessed value paid $414.17