GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - When you think of a library, you probably think of books.
But if your tastes run more toward music, the library can help, too.
Mesa County Libraries maintain a diverse collection of music CDs that cover a wide variety of genres, from hip-hop to rock to classical and beyond.
"We try to have as wide a variety as possible," said Trevor Adams, a library assistant who helps coordinate the library's music collection. "No matter what music you're into, there's something we either have or can get for you that you'll like."
The Central library's collection consists of almost 700 CDs (many of which are checked out at any given time), and countless more CDs are accessible from libraries throughout the Rocky Mountain region through interlibrary loan networks. To find what you're looking for, use the catalog search function at www.mesacountylibraries.org to search for an artist or album name.
"People can put CDs on hold, just like books," Adams said. Selections from other libraries usually can be delivered to Mesa County Libraries in a few days.
Artists whose work is available in the Mesa County Libraries collection range from current pop stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry to old standbys such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Show tunes and soundtracks are part of the collection, as are genres such as classic jazz, Latin, and modern Christian rock. A separate collection in the Youth Services Department contains a variety of children's music.
In addition to CDs, Mesa County Libraries offer a wide selection of music DVDs, including concerts and documentaries. A variety of books about music and musicians also are available.
For more information about music available at Mesa County Libraries, search the catalog at www.mesacountylibraries.org or ask a librarian at your nearest library branch.
Just a reminder: The Central library has temporarily relocated to the old Ashley Furniture building on First Street and Gunnison Avenue while its permanent home at Fifth and Grand undergoes a remodel.