Providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community.
"Almost all job applications now are [done] only on the web. These computers are integral to my search for work. All other info - health insurance, email, disability, etc. would be very hard to get w/out these computers. Thank you very much. " - PPLD Patron
"Thank you for hosting this event for our homeschool community! This is my daughter's third year and I am so glad she has this opportunity!" - PPLD Patron
Just as technology has been evolving and changing at an ever-increasing rate, so to have libraries. PPLD has been at the forefront of the technology and information evolution since 1903 when the Free Public Library of Colorado Springs was established. Throughout its history, PPLD has expanded its services to reach as much of the community as possible. From the bookmobile service, which started in 1954, to the establishment of Maggie's Place in 1981- known throughout the world as the most comprehensive and sophisticated library automated system in existence at the time, the growth has been incredible. From its humble beginnings, PPLD has expanded to 14 facilities, 2 bookmobiles, a Cybershelf, 3 (soon to be 4) Makerspaces, a recording studio with a second one about to be finished, and an Educational Resource Center, all of which service a population of over 600,000 throughout El Paso County, with the only exception being the Widefield - Security area.
With the establishment of the PPLD Foundation in 2004, PPLD has been able to leverage grants and donations to become a nationally recognized library system that boasts one of the most technologically advanced branches, Library 21c. Offering cutting edge technology like 3D printers, laser cutters, and a CNC machine, among others, this technology will soon also be available at a second branch, Sand Creek Library. Continuing to embrace the ever changing nature of libraries, PPLD has recently launched a collaboration with Flux Capacitor, Pikes Peak Community College, COPPeR, and others, to enable community-driven programming while honoring future generations of the local art and music community.
PPLD is creating history, this is your chance to be a part of it.