Buena Vista, Colorado

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 am – 4:00 pm



My Heritage: includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 3 billion family tree profiles.  Use your Library Card for free access.

Arts & Crafts

Creativebug: Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Use your Library Card for free access.

Chaffee Arts: supports local artists, promote their art, and learn from one another.  We strive to create a visual arts community in Chaffee County through education, shows, and arts collaborations thus adding to the artistic and economic vitality of our region.

Business and Career

Udemy:Over 4,000 self-paced courses on topics ranging from technology, software development, marketing, and project management.

Gale Entrepreneurship: Database with thousands of magazines and academic articles for business professionals.

Gale Business: Another database with thousands of magazines and academic articles for business professionals.

Gale Business Insights Global: Internation database for market information.

Early Education

Waterford | UPSTART: is a school-readiness program that helps your preschool-aged child learn basic
skills they need in reading, math, and science.
We are an educational nonprofit working to help all children be successful in school. Your state and generous philanthropic supporters also want to invest in your child’s future, so they
have funded Waterford Upstart’s summer program for fouryear-olds in your state. This means it costs you nothing.

Video Link

Flyer links: English or Spanish

Read With Me Today: 

Food. Water. Shelter. Love. Reading

Colorado Department of Education’s early reading campaign.  Many resources for parents and caregivers to use to encourage reading.

Chaffee County Early Childhood Council:   is a group of local agencies and individuals, including parents and professional in the areas of health, mental health, child care and education, committed to working together to support parents and caregivers.

Colorado Virtual Events Calendar: Find online events for the whole family.

Health & Wellness

Gale Health & Wellness: Research any medical condition.

Gale Nursing & Allied Health: Thousands of articles on medical topics and conditions.

Gale Health and Medicine Research Database: Peer-reviewed articles and studys.

Chaffee County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration: Vaccination clinics are for Chaffee County residents only and registration is required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Connect for Health: Colorado’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace


Buena Vista Heritage: Nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and share the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection: Includes more than 1.9 million digitized pages, representing more than 475 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up to 2019


Colorado State Statutes: Online access to Colorado code.

Gale LegalTrac: Online law research database.

Colorado Legal Services: Legal help for low-income Coloradans seeking assistance with civil legal needs


Gale LitFinder: More than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.

Gale Contemporary Authors

Gale Books & Authors: Database with bibliographic information for thousands of authors and books.

Gale Book Review Index

News and Newspapers

New York Times:  Online access to The New York Time newspaper, with your Library Card.

Gale OneFile News: Search from hundreds of International News Sources.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection: Includes more than 1.9 million digitized pages, representing more than 475 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up to 2019


Libby/Overdrive:  borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.  Use your Library Card for free access.

Tumble Books:  is an online collection of animated talking picture books available with your Library Card

NoveList:  help finding your next great read all ages.  Use your Library Card for free access.

NoveList K-8: help finding your next great read for youth.  Use your Library Card for free access.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children (birth to 5 years old), addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Register at the Library or at the above link.

Unite for Literacy:  provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages.


Gale Academic One File: Comprehensive research database.

Gale One File: Explore a range of topics based on your interests.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index:20 million biographical citations on more than 6 millions persons, living and deceased.

Gale Educator’s Reference

Gale Environmental Studies

Contemporary Women’s Issues

Gale Informe Académico


State Taxes

Federal Taxes

Forms can be printed for free at the Library.

Booklets can be ordered from IRS.gov

FREE Local Tax Help:

There are significant changes to the Tax Code this year. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is providing free income-tax return preparation in Buena Vista again this year, sponsored by The Rotary Club.

Tax return preparation will be done in the Aspen Room of the community center, donated by the Town of BV, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting on Feb. 5 and ending on April 9. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 719-293-1857.

Taxpayers should bring all of their 2018 tax records, their 2017 tax return, photo ID and Social Security cards for themselves and all dependents. If child-care expenses are to be claimed, bring the provider’s tax identification or social security number. For direct deposit of refunds to a bank account, bring a check or deposit slip.