At its July 23, 2009 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries unanimously approved adding Mesa State College of Grand Junction Colorado as an Alliance member.


Founded in 1925, Mesa State College is a comprehensive regional public higher education institution offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the masters, bachelors, associate, and certificate levels. MSC enrolls more than 6,000 students with ten percent of the College’s student body coming from outside Colorado.  Seventy-two percent of students are traditional-aged and enrolled in full-time study. In addition to the main campus, MSC maintains a two-year division in Grand Junction, Western Colorado Community College; and a four-year branch in Montrose.


Adding MSC brings Alliance membership to thirteen libraries. The library consortium was launched in 1974 when five library directors met to consider ways of sharing resources. That was the start of what was called the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries or “CARL” and later “The Alliance” when CARL Systems Inc. and the CARL name were sold to Knight-Ridder Information Inc.


Resource sharing remains the Alliance mission, made even more important in these days of restricted funding.  The Alliance members welcome MSC and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.


For more information contact:

Alan Charnes ([log in to unmask])





George Machovec

Associate Director

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

3801 E. Florida, Suite 515

Denver, CO  80210

(303) 759-3399 x.101

(303) 759-3363 (fax)

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