Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Community

Library and Community Center

The Bud Werner Memorial Library

The Bud Werner Memorial Library

Steamboat Springs’ 33,000-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library went through a major $12.5 million renovation in 2009, making it a true showcase in the state.

Overlooking the Yampa River downtown, the two-floored expansion — which received a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — includes dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, a coffee shop, large community and conference rooms, various artwork, a Library Hall for presentations and more.

Carrying more than 88,000 titles, the library also is on the cutting edge of technology, with 30 public computers, audio books downloadable to MP3 players, self check-out counters (with fines payable by credit card), an electronic wand book stocking system, free wireless, access to the library’s database subscriptions and additional cutting-edge features.

“The community has given themselves an incredible gift with this facility,” board President Bob Matteo says.

Steamboat Springs Community Center 

The $3.6 million, 8,400-square-foot Steamboat Springs Community Center is another crown jewel of the town, sitting alongside the Yampa River on a 2.3-acre site adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown. With easy car, bus and bike access, it was the first building in northwest Colorado to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and serves as a true meeting place for the community.

Primary users of the facility include the Routt County Council on Aging — which uses it for movie nights, exercise classes, lecture series and more — as well as the American Legion. With a main community room capable of accommodating 382 people, the center also is open to the broader community for everything from wedding receptions to multimedia presentations.

— Eugene Buchanan