Our reference department serves the community in various ways, offering computer access, business, community and genealogy research tools and librarian services.

BOOK A LIBRARIAN

You may schedule a one-on-one research session with a reference librarian for individualized help. What kind of assistance do we provide?

  • Library orientation
  • Training on library research databases
  • Basic use of the internet
  • Research assistance for a particular homework assignment
  • Help with setting up an email account
  • Job searching and resume assistance
  • Use of the historical newspapers on microfilm
  • Hints on finding the next good book to read!

Is there anything we can’t help with? We can’t offer advice (medical, legal, investment, etc) except to point you in the direction of good sources of information. Also, we can’t offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with your personal computers or equipment.

Please schedule your appointment at least 3 days in advance so we can best prepare for you. Contact the Reference department at 970-249-9656 ext 3

COMMUNITY REFERENCE

Community reference is an opportunity to have a librarian embedded in your business or organization during a short-term project. We will meet initially with representatives from your group to get started and get an idea of what kind of research help you might need. This research might take the form of fact-finding, locating statistics or other supporting documentation, a literature review, information gathering, and a report of findings. Your assigned librarian will attend meetings as necessary, provide updates and progress reports, and complete the research according to your timeline. The collaboration is designed to be short-term, and would end with the completion of your research and project.

For more information please contact the Reference department at 970-249-9656 ext 3.

COMPUTER ACCESS

The library offers free public computer use. There are 17 internet stations and 2 word processors available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Area residents must have a valid library card to access the computers.

Internet sessions are 50 minutes, with one Express computer for 15 minutes. Only one turn per person per day, regardless of session length. The system will automatically extend your time in 5 minute increments if no one else is waiting.

Free wireless is also available. The server is MLIB-WAP-01a. There is no password but you will need to accept a user agreement.

Internet Use Policy

GENEALOGY RESEARCH

The Colorado Room in the Montrose Library houses local history and genealogy materials. These include Montrose area newspapers from 1883 – present, Montrose high school yearbooks from 1928 – present, Montrose county census information from 1885, and some specific family genealogies. There are a number of books specifically related to Montrose County history Download the Colorado Room list here (PDF 652 k).

For more information please contact the Reference department at 970-249-9656 ext 3.

Montrose Genealogy Center
700 East Main Street, Suite C-3
Montrose, CO 81401
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
970-240-1755

Fore-Kin Trails Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 802
Montrose, CO 81402

Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2030 Stratford Dr.
Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-4739

Montrose County Historical Museum
21 N. Rio Grande Ave.
Montrose, CO 81401
www.montrose-colo.com/virtual/museum.htm
970-249-2085

PROCTORING SERVICES

The Reference department offers exam proctoring. Students are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for testing, including having the testing information sent to the reference department. Students must schedule their exams in advance for specific dates and times. Exams must be completed before the library closes.

There is no fee for proctoring services. However, students must provide a postage-paid envelope for paper exams to be mailed back to the school. Students are responsible for any other associated fees, such as copying or faxing.

The library will hold paper exams for 30 days after receipt. If the student does not make testing arrangements during this time the exam will be discarded.

We cannot guarantee that online tests will be compatible with library computers. Software installation is not permitted and library computers may not be reconfigured from their standard settings to accommodate online tests.

For more information or to schedule an exam, please contact the reference department at 970-249-9656 ext. 3.