History of Security Public Library
As the only public library supported by a school district, the Security Public Library is unique among Colorado's public libraries. Established in 1961, the library has grown from one small room to a modern 7,600 square foot facility. The book collection has grown from 800 to nearly 71,000 titles, making it the second largest public library in El Paso county.
- Members of a public, spirited group of citizens called the Security Public Library Committee labored for more than two years organizing, raising funds and collecting books before open circulation started in the basement of Sproul Jr. High School in June, 1961.
- In November of 1962, volunteer workers moved the library from Sproul to the Widefield District # 3 Administration Building, at 701 Widefield Drive. Late in 1963, a professional librarian was hired.
- On July, 29, 1963, it was suggested by a Board member that a Friends of the Library group be organized in Security in the interest of the Security Public Library. The Friends group was started in January of 1964.
- On November 21, 1964, planning began for the 26,000 square foot, $300,00 community center complex which would house the Security Public Library.
- In June, 1966, the library and parks recreation staffs moved into the new Security Metropolitan Park and Recreation District complex on Aspen Drive.
- In September, 1992, the library was fully automated with an online catalog used to circulate library materials.
- In 1997, the library was awarded a $56,000 technology grant and revolving loan which provided funding for public Internet access.
- In 1998, the library's website was launched offering access to Colorado's Virtual Library, SPL's online catalog, Virtual Reference Shelf, and much more.
- In November 1999, the public supported Election Question 3E, "Shall Security Public Library be exempt from TABOR limits?" Question 3E passed with 75 percent of the voters approval.
- In April 2003, the library launched its updated website which included the Colorado Virtual Library, EBSCO online database, SPL's new online catalog with Internet renewal capabilities, a new improved look, and much more.
Library Mission Statement
The mission of the Security Public Library is to meet the evolving educational, cultural, informational, and recreational needs of the public by providing modern library resources and services.
In fulfilling this mission, the library strives to acquire materials, plan programs, and provide services that reflect an understanding and consideration of the community served, with concern given for all ages, backgrounds, interests, abilities, and levels of
The Security Public Library is
- an educational support center for all ages,
- a recreational reading center for popular materials,
- and a learning center for adult independent learners.