1996 - 1999
1996 DPLD creates Web site on Internet in January. Kid’s Catalogs are installed in July. A 1.25 mill levy increase (for capital construction and expanded operations) is narrowly approved by voters in November, for a total of 4 mills. District-wide library circulation count for 1996 is 1,191,881 items - an increase of almost 15% over 1995. Volunteers donate 3,776 hours during 1996. Larkspur Elementary satellite public library is closed due to lack of public use.
1997 Library district begins adult literacy program after Center for Adult Learning and Literacy folds. In June, a multi-level landscaped Reading Garden opens on south lawn of Parker Library. Reading Garden is funded with $20,000 in private donations including $4,500 from Friends of the Parker Library. 135 library staff members on payroll in June. During summer, volunteer-based Homebound Delivery Service begins in northern Douglas County.The Oakes Mill Library, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway in the City of Lone Tree, is demolished to make room for a new, larger library.
1998 Major new hardware installation and software upgrades are completed in June. Patron option of notification of holds and overdue materials by E-mail is introduced. A new, 10,000 square foot library building is built on the site of the former Oakes Mill Library. Board of Trustees votes to name the new building the Lone Tree Library after the City of Lone Tree makes a $50,000 donation for a Reading Garden on the east side of library. Grand Opening for the new Lone Tree Library is held October 24. An extensive public process is completed to gather input for the new Highlands Ranch Library design. A highlight of this process is the development of the first known public library design interactive web site. Douglas County Televison (Channel 8) begins operation in June displaying DPLD calendar information. DPLD Library Director, Jamie LaRue, is honored as "Librarian of the Year" by the Colorado Library Association in October.
1999 Library Director Jamie LaRue serves as President of the Colorado Library Association. The "Can You Dig It?" Groundbreaking Celebration for the new Highlands Ranch Library takes place on May Day at the Town Center Marketplace adjacent to the library site. Actual grading and construction for that library begins in June. After many months of delays, construction on the Technical Services annex to the Philip S. Miller Library begins on August 12. (This is preceded by a Technical Services Department Pizza Party Symbolic Groundbreaking on July 13!) On the night of July 29, a fire breaks out in the sandwich shop in the shopping center from which the Highlands Ranch Library leases space. Due to extensive smoke damage (approximately 55,000 volumes in the library at the time), the Highlands Ranch Library is closed until September 2. The recently-purchased used bookmobile intended for use at Roxborough provides limited service in the Highlands Ranch Library parking lot during the emergency closure. A "Check It Out" Grand Opening is held at the Roxborough Bookmobile, 7779 Rampart Range Rd., on November 21, 1999.