Update 8:10 p.m., Jan. 19
After Gov. Jared Polis announced the state’s mask giveaway on Tuesday, multiple library systems said they did not have masks available to distribute or were not participating. While distribution did indeed begin Wednesday at some library systems, others say they may delay the start of distribution.
Our original story continues below.
Starting "after Jan. 19," Colorado will offer KN95 and surgical-grade masks free of charge, according to state officials.
Coloradans can look to get those masks at the addresses listed below. They include fire stations, libraries, and recreation centers.
However, the rollout might be looking a bit rocky. Not long after the announcement of the program on Tuesday, the Denver Public Library system stated on Twitter it would not immediately be distributing masks, contradicting the original list of locations provided by the office of Gov. Jared Polis. That tweet has now been deleted.
Distribution has begun in Garfield County. The Poudre and Pikes Peak library districts both opted in and said their programs would be underway soon. Pikes Peak library district said it would be announcing when the distribution would be begin.
A spokesperson for the governor's office said start dates could vary by location and suggested that people call ahead to confirm that a place on the list has masks to distribute.
There will be a limit of five masks per person per month.
Health officials recommend upgrading from cloth masks in light of the omicron variant of COVID-19, which is highly infectious.
“As long as you're not getting it wet or destroying it, the filtration part still works and as long as the elastic part still works and keeps it flush to your face,” Polis said.
A spokesman for the governor explained that federal relief dollars will help defray the costs.
Polis continues to leave mask rules up to local officials and will not return to the statewide mandate that was in place early on in the pandemic. He says getting all three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection.
Localities can choose to participate in the new effort, so this list of places to get free masks may grow. Read more about the state's program here.
Where to find free KN95 masks:
|Aguilar Public Library||146 West Main Suite 578, Aguilar, CO 81020|
|Akron Public Library||302 Main Ave, Akron, CO 80720|
|Alamosa Public Library||300 Hunt Ave., Alamosa, CO 81101|
|Anythink Libraries||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Arapahoe Libraries||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Aurora Public Library||14949 E Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012|
|Bemis Public Library||6014 S Datura St, Littleton, CO 80120|
|Berthoud Community Library District||236 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513|
|Boulder County Nederland Community Library||200 Highway 72 North, Nederland, CO 80466|
|Broomfield Public Library||3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020|
|Bud Werner Memorial Library||1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487|
|Buena Vista Public Library||131 Linderman Ave, Buena Vist, CO 81211|
|Clearview Library District||720 3rd St., Windsor, CO 80550|
|Combined Community Library||1007 Main St., Ordway, CO 81063|
|Conejos County Library District||17703 HWY 285., La Jara, CO 81140|
|Cortez Public Library||202 N Park Street, Cortez, CO 81321|
|Creede/Mineral Combined Library||450 Corsair Drive, Creede, CO 81130|
|Durango Public Library||1900 East 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301|
|Estes Valley Library||335 E. Elkhorn Unit 1687, Estes Park, CO 80517|
|Flagler Community Library||311 Main Ave, Flagler, CO 80815|
|Garfield County Libraries||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Gilpin County Public Library||15131 Highway 119, Black Hawk, CO 80422|
|Grand County Library District||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Gunnison County Library District||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|High Plains Library District||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Hugo Public Library||522 2nd Ave, Hugo, CO 80821|
|Ignacio Community Library District||470 Goddard Ave., Ignacio, CO 81137|
|Jefferson County Library||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|John C. Fremont Library District||130 Church Ave, Florence, CO 81226|
|Julesburg Public Library||320 Cedar Street, Julesburg, CO 80737|
|Kiowa County Public Library District||1305 Goff Street, Eads, CO 81036|
|La Veta Regional Library District||310 S Main St, La Veta, CO 81055|
|Lake City Public Library||206 N Silver Street, Lake City, CO 81235|
|Lake County Public Library||1115 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461|
|Lamar Public Library||102 E. Parmenter St., Lamar, CO 81052|
|Limon Memorial Public Library||205 E Avenue., Limon, CO 80828|
|Lone Cone Library District||1455 Pinion St., Norwood, CO 81423|
|Louisville Public Library||951 Spruce Street, Louisville, CO 80027|
|Lyons Community Library||451 4th Ave #619, Lyons, CO 80540|
|Mancos Public Library||211 1st Street, Mancos, CO 81328|
|Meeker Regional Library||490 Main St., Meeker, CO 81641|
|Mesa County Libraries||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Northern Saguache County Library District||Saguache Library: 702 Pitkin Ave #448, Saguache, CO 81149|
Baca Grande Library: 67487 CR T, Crestone, CO, 81131
|Nucla Public Library||544 Main St, Nucla, CO 81424|
|Ouray Public Library||320 6th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427|
|Pine River Library||395 Center Drive, Bayfield, CO 81122|
|Pitkin County Library||120 North Mill Street, Aspen, CO 81611|
|Poudre River Public Library District||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Pueblo City-County Library District||Multiple Locations: See full list here|
|Red Feather Lakes Community Library||71 FireHouse LN #127., Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545|
|Ridgway Public Library||300 Charles St. Ridgway, CO 81432|
|Security Public Library||715 Aspen Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80911|
|South Routt Library District||Oak Creek Public Library: 117 Main Street, Oak Creek, CO 80467|
Yampa Public Library: 116 Main Street, Yampa, CO 80483
|Southwest La Plata Library District||Ft. Lewis Mesa Community Library: 11274 Colorado State Hwy. 140, Hesperus, Colorado, 81326|
Sunnyside Community Library: 75 County Road 218, Durango, Colorado 81303
|Spanish Peaks Library District||415 Walsen Avenue., Walsenburg, CO 81089|
|Trinidad Carnegie Public Library||202 N Animas St., Trinidad, CO 81082|
|Vail Public Library||292 W. Meadow Dr., Vail, CO 81657|
|Wellington Public Library||3800 Wilson Avenue., Wellington, CO 80549|
|West Routt Library District||201 E. Jefferson Avenue, Hayden, CO 81639|
|Westminster Public Library - City of Westminster||3705 W 112th Ave., Westminster, CO 80031|
|Yuma Public Library||910 S. Main Street, Yuma, CO 80759|
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