Financial Literacy at Pitkin County Library

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Pitkin County Library offers a variety of resources and events to promote financial literacy among our patrons. 

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to make informed judgments and to take effective actions regarding the current and future use and management of money. It includes the ability to understand financial choices, plan for the future, spend wisely, and manage the challenges associated with life events such as a job loss, saving for retirement, or paying for a child’s education. (Source: Government Accountability Office).

Financial Literacy Events

Financial Book Club

Every month, we discuss chosen contents (book, movie, magazine, Ted Talk...) with a financial flavor. Learn more and find the link to sign up here.

Financial Literacy Month

Each April, we celebrate Financial Literacy Month by offering a variety of programs to introduce participants to the concepts and tasks behind good financial literacy.

Book Recommendations

Discover book recommendations below or join our Financial Literacy Book Club for more reading and book discussion opportunities.

Financial Literacy Resources

The Library has a number of free resources for financial literacy including databases and books. View Investment and Finance Databases.

Financial Planning & Maintenance

Financial planning templates are available to download below. 

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

This website, produced by American Institute of CPAs, is a free program to help Americans understand their personal finances through various stages of life.

Annual Credit Report

The only source for free credit reports authorized by federal law. Consumers can receive their credit reports from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion free every 12 months.

Common Cents for Colorado

Studies have shown that taking time once a year to consider personal financial goals is a “must-do” task in the creation of financial security. The Common Cents for Colorado program gives participants the chance to do just that - reviewing classic, time-tested methods for building a solid financial future. 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.

Consumer Protection

Consumer Protection basics... Plain and simple! This is a government website that helps you: Manage and use your money wisely, use credit and loans carefully, and protect your identity and money.


Available through the Libby app and Overdrive extras, get access to thousands of legal forms across all categories including real estate, business, wills, human resources and more.  Forms are automatically tailored to your state and county requirements.  

Legal Information Reference Center and NOLO Books

A fully searchable database and collection of full text legal reference books and legal forms pertaining to business law, family law, real estate rights and disputes, immigration and travel, financial planning and more. 

Saving for College

This website provides information for parents on 529 Plans which help families save for education.

Women's Institute for Financial Education

Empowering women to succeed and prosper.

Grants (Individuals and Organizations)

Candid: Foundation Directory Online

Find more grants and make a bigger difference. Find the right funders now. Access this resource in the Library only. 

Colorado Grants Guide Online

Online research tool for local foundations and trusts, corporations, national funders, government agencies and religious organizations that fund and support Colorado non-profit organizations.

This database is designed to enable federal funders to create grant opportunities and applicants to find and apply for these federal grants.


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Financial data for stocks, mutual funds, ETFs and investment indexes.  Tools to assess portfolios and investments are included.

Value Line

Financial data for stocks, mutual funds, ETFs and investment indexes. Tools to assess portfolios and investments are included.


Colorado Tax Forms

Colorado tax forms, sales tax rates, e-file options and more 

Federal Tax Forms

A direct link to federal tax forms and publications.

Get Ahead Colorado

Tax Credits Help Coloradans Get Ahead.

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Budget Template 12.34 KB
Another Budget Template 49.28 KB
Net Worth Statement 11.26 KB
Master List 12.76 KB