Pikes Peak Library District
The Pikes Peak Library District is one of the Top 10 library districts in the country (for its population) based on the HAPLER Public Library ratings system.
What that means for you is there is an amazing travel resource for you right in Colorado Springs!
A library might not be your first choice for travel information, but it might be your best choice.
In fact, there are 12 branches that you can visit all over the Pikes Peak region.
Whether youre right downtown, driving up the Ute Pass, or in the north end of the city.Bonus: Wireless Zone! Pikes Peak Library Districts facilities offer free wireless connectivity. Wi-Fi for short.
If you have your own laptop, you can get online. And if you dont have a laptop, you can obtain a guest pass for free access to their computer labs.
Remember: the best part of any library is that its free.
Another perk is that the staff at Pikes Peak Library District are friendly, knowledgeable locals who know the area better than most.
Library staff can answer difficult questions concerning just about anything you can dream up.
The downtown branch alone has dozens of Colorado travel guides, photo books, and magazines to help you brainstorm ideas about where to visit and learn details about your destinations.
Another great resource the Pikes Peak Library District offers is an online service called Ask Colorado. If you visit their website at ppld.org, you can use this service by clicking on the Ask a Librarian icon, and then clicking on the Ask Colorado 24/7 link.
Then you can chat live with a librarian anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except major holidays.
If youre a history buff, I recommend visiting the Penrose branchs Carnegie library, where their Special Collections resides. There you can view beautiful paintings of the Old West, read through an extensive history books collection, and learn about the Pikes Peak Gold Rush.
A library is a great place to simply grab a book, sit back, and stare at the mountain view. (The East Library branch is especially nice for that). If youre on vacation, sometimes a little peace and quiet is just what you need.
The main branches are Penrose (downtown) and East (off Union).
Visit ppld.org and click on Branch Hours & Information for a map of all the locations.