Grand County Library District was established in 1994 under Colorado Library Law (CRS 24-90-101 et seq.) A property tax mil levy of 2.41 was approved by the voters of Grand County to establish funds for the Library District to provide free access to library services. According to Library Law, this access may be provided through a single main library or branch library or a combination of both.

GCLD operates under a governing board of seven trustees, appointed by the County Commissioners. Trustee appointments in Grand County are chosen to reflect the three voting districts: East, Central and West, providing a voice and representation for each area. The Board’s duty involves governing and directing from a district-wide vantage point, with particular responsibility for the adoption and implementation of library policies, ensuring library properties are managed appropriately, employing a library director and directing the responsible fiscal management of library funds through the budgetary process.