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NEW Library Catalog

CPW AspenCat Research Library Catalog

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) research library has a new catalog and we are now part of a larger group of libraries! This gives us the opportunity to borrow materials from these other libraries, including e-books. Below are some pointers on how to access the new library catalog. Anyone can visit the library catalog and download PDFs but only CPW employees can borrow materials. If you need more information, please contact the Research Librarian, Karen Hertel.

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The primary purpose of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Research Library is to access and store information on wildlife conservation and related topics for CPW. This has been accomplished through the creation of a collection containing over 28,000 items. These items include approximately 3700 Colorado Parks and Wildlife publications, 1100 of our researcher’s published articles, 3900 locally-written Federal Aid Reports, 3000 U.S. government documents, 1000 theses, 128 journal titles and over 10,000 other books related to wildlife topics. The information gathered and stored in the Library is to support the work of CPW wildlife biologists, researchers and managers. ​


The Research Library was created in the late 1960s to provide support primarily to the wildlife research sections. The Research Library evolved to serve the broader information management needs of CPW staff. Library collections are focused on wildlife ecology and associated ecological information and CPW public historical records such as Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting agendas and minutes. Under the capable oversight of past librarians Jackie Boss, Marian Hershcopf and Kay Knudsen, The Research Library grew into a specialized library having the privileges of being interfaced with a large university and other public libraries to better serve the agency. The Research Library is now adjusting to the digital information age and is expanding online capabilities.


Please contact the Research Librarian, Karen Hertel​.