Public libraries in Colorado are supported primarily by local tax revenues. Per its establishing documents and by-laws, the District is a “publicly-supported library,” which is defined in Colorado Library Law as “a library supported principally with money derived from taxation.” The District is very limited in the types of grants it is eligible for and often grants create additional expenses. For example, the District may receive a grant to purchase equipment, but the cost of researching, installing, monitoring and maintaining the equipment is not covered by the grant. The District Foundation and various other nonprofits (for example, Library Friend groups) support the District with funds received by donations, memberships, book sales, etc. These organizations play a vital role in supporting the District but are limited as to what they can provide. Typically, they support special programs or projects rather than operational expenses. For example, the District Foundation may support the annual Summer Reading Program with funding for program supplies, presenters, and reading incentives, but not for the personnel expenses associated with planning and delivering an 8-week program. In summary, while the District is eligible for some types of grants and can receive donations, these funding sources only account for approximately 5% of the District’s annual operating budget.