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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.


Getting a Library Card and Library Card Policies

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Membership Eligibility:

Library card memberships are available to guests staying in the area, Vail residents, Vail seasonal workers, juveniles attending school in Eagle County, residents with a Colorado Drivers License living in Eagle County and Colorado residents with a Colorado Drivers License who are card holders at their local libraries.

Click here for the Patron Self Registration form

Available for check-out:

  • Books
  • Audio Books & Playaways
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs
  • Continuing Education materials
  • eAudiobooks (from Overdrive)
  • eBooks (from Overdrive)

Check out periods:

  • Books, Music CDs, Audio Books & Playaways check out for a three week period.
  • DVDs check out for a one week period.
  • eAudiobooks and eBooks may be checked out for up to three weeks as long as this option is chosen. Also available are one week and two week check out periods.

Late fees per item:

  • $1.00/day for DVDs
  • $ .25/day for Books, Audio Books & Music CDs
  • eAudiobooks and eBooks will return automatically and will not accrue late fees.


  • Books, Music CDs, Audio Books & Playaways are available for one two-week renewal as long as there are no Vail Public Library patrons on the waitlist for the item. Patrons are also allowed to bring the item in for check-in and it can be checked back out for the full three-week period as long as there are no Vail Public Library patrons on the waitlist for the item.
  • DVDs are not available for renewal and cannot be checked out again until the next day after check-in.
  • eAudiobooks and eBooks are not available for renewal.


  • Patron placed holds will remain on the hold shelf for 7 days and will be pulled on the 8th day.
  • Patrons cannot place holds on Vail Public Library DVDs, they are checked out on a first-come first-serve basis. However, DVD holds may be placed through Interlibrary Loan.  

You must have your library card with you in order to check-out materials or use our public internet & word processing stations. As a cardholder, you are responsible for all materials borrowed on your library card.


Library Hours

Monday - Thursday

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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