Instant Library Programming from the Colorado State Library

The Colorado State Library Resource Kits are bundled tools and materials that enable you to provide new and exciting programming that engages with your community in new and interesting ways. Whether you are looking for activities for babies and toddlers to promote literacy at an early age, or want to help your young patrons learn more about archaeology and fossils, the STEAM and early literacy kits will provide a doorway to learning and experiences that are new and fun, as well as educational.

See a list of all kits available

Have you got interesting and unique collections that represent your community historically, or in the present day?  Do you have oral history recordings from community members, or are considering creating some? We can help!   We can help you get those collections online and shared with the rest of the state and the world with our CSL Digital Creation Kits.  Let us help you get digital collection projects started in your library or museum.

Library staff can also take advantage of the CSL Resource Kits to gain awareness of social issues facing our communities, and become more aware of identified under-served populations and how to work with these patrons more successfully.  Our kits are loanable, usable, and help you not only learn something new – but pass that learning on to your patrons.

Check out the kits and see how they might be useful in your library.

How to Borrow a Kit

To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Complete and submit the enrollment form
  2. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  3. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  4. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  5. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  6. Place a Hold on the desired kit.

The checkout period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future.

Contact Kit Support via email to KitSupport@coloradovirtuallibrary.org or call 303-866-6900 with questions.