At the Pueblo City-County Library District change, good change, continues to happen. One of the most notable changes is the renovation of the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library. A library has stood on the ground of the current Rawlings Library for more than a century and we are so proud to provide a modern, refreshed library to serve Pueblo and its citizens in an updated and modern library facility. As finishing touches are being completed on the interior of the building, I invite you to visit the Rawlings Library to see the beautiful new interior and exterior improvements.

Our improvements to library facilities does not stop with the Rawlings Library renovation. As change dictates, there is more to do, and the Barkman Library is next on our list of improved facilities. The Barkman Library has served the Belmont neighborhood and northern Pueblo for more than 30 years. The renovation and expansion of the Barkman Library improves the interior and exterior of the facility while adding an additional 2,643 square feet onto the building. This renovation will provide a library able to serve community members for decades to come.

Located on the east side of Pueblo, The Patrick A. Lucero Library will undergo construction for an expansion and remodel the summer of 2024. The work on the Lucero Library will begin upon completion of the renovation of the Barkman Library. It is the goal that through the renovation of both Barkman and Lucero Libraries that patrons will have access to improved and expanded libraries. Through improved facilities, library programs, and a great selection of print and digital books, we aim to ensure that there is something for everyone at Pueblo’s libraries. We are committed to continually improving library services and facilities in our community. 

The Pueblo City-County Library District is committed to promoting lifelong learning and providing well-equipped public libraries for everyone in our community. Libraries are catalysts for a vibrant community and we cannot do our work alone. I invite you to join us in building community together by donating to these two vital projects. Thank you for your dedication, advocacy, and support of the Pueblo City-County Library District.


Sherri Baca, MSLS, MBA

Executive Director, Pueblo City-County Library District


The Building Community Together Capital Campaign is an intensive $2 million fundraising effort needed to complete the expansion and renovation of the Frank and Marie Barkman and the Patrick A. Lucero libraries. These two library facilities will undergo improvement efforts that will enhance each location’s capacity to grow its services to meet the ever-changing needs of Pueblo’s children, teens, families and adults.


Donations to the Building Community Together Capital Campaign of $250 or more are eligible to participate in the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. Colorado’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program provides tax incentives to encourage job creation and capital investment in economically depressed areas of the state. Donors who make a qualifying contribution may claim an income tax credit of 25 percent on cash donations and 12.5 percent on stock gifts.