Buena Vista, Colorado

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Arts & Crafts

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.

Udemy: Search for professional courses on art topics or software for free with your library card account.

Kanopy: View Great Courses series or other documentaries on art and art technique.

Book Club Resources

Colorado State Library Book Club Kits: Reserve a set of books from the State Library through BVPL.  Search the catalog and call us at 719-395-8700 to request a kit, or email info@buenavistalibrary.org with your request and contact information.  We will call you when it arrives.

Virtual Author Talks: Buena Vista Public Library participates in the Library Speakers Consortium, which hosts two to three interviews with bestselling authors each month.  See the line up and register here and plan a special event with your book club members.

Book Club Kits from Partner Libraries: Order a book club kit using our online catalog. Use your library account and be notified at the email listed on your library card account upon its arrival.

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.


ESL and GED Classes: The Learning Source

The Learning Source cooperates with the Library to offers in-person ESL classes and online GED classes.  Check their website for scheduling and more information.

Fair Opportunity Project: College Guide

Free resources to guide the college application, search, and essay process.

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

Local History Books: See a list of local history books available to Buena Vista cardholders.


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.

Colorado Cyber Resource Center


Booklist Reader: A digital magazine, featuring diverse readers’ advisory recommendations, for readers and listeners of all ages.

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.

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

Tech Help

The Library offers free 30-minute, one-on-one tech help sessions for training on Library Apps, Internet Searching, and Basic Device Setup and Use. Appointments may also be requested for scanning tutorials in our Creation Station (*waiver and use agreement required).

DigitalLearn.org. Free and simple online tutorials to learn basic computer and Internet skills.



State Taxes

Federal Taxes

Forms can be printed for free at the Library.

Booklets can be ordered from IRS.gov

Child Tax Credit: Families can receive up to $3,600 for each child.

FREE Local Tax Help:

 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. 3 and ending on April . Appointments are required and can be made by calling 719-293-1857.