Central Library Bond Improvements
First visit? Having trouble navigating the new layout? Staff at our quick info desk are here to point you in the right direction.
Movies & Music
CDs, DVDs and CD books are now easier to find and browse in our fabulous, new Movies & Music Room.
Burnham Hoyt Room
Looking for the latest in print? The Burnham Hoyt Room boasts an expanded circulating magazine section, improved browsing space for new books and a great area for teens.
In a dire hurry to print out your boarding pass or check a bus schedule but don’t have a library card? We now offer 15-minute Express Internet PCs on Level 1.
General Internet Access
Need more time? Customers with a library card can reserve a PC from the Level 1 PC Reservation Station or may proceed directly to the Level 4 Community Technology Center to reserve time there.
Catalog only computers are available on Levels 1-5.
Improved Self Services
Automated enhancements allow staff at our new Borrower Services desk to focus on helping customers with library account questions.
- No more waiting in line to pick up your holds with our expanded Self-Service Holds area.
- Check out multiple items simultaneously using our new, RFID self checkout system.
- Returning items is easier than ever using our automated return system.
Dewey Decimal Numbers 700-999 and Adult Fiction
Browse our relocated fiction collection, conveniently adjacent to the literature section (800s).
Interested in people and places? Level 2 is now home to travel books, history (900s) and our new biography section.
Like big books? Our relocated Oversized Books section is bigger and brighter than ever.
Dewey Decimal Numbers 500-699
Reference Services Department
Have a tricky question and don’t know where to start? Looking for Federal Documents, older periodicals or need to spend some time on in-depth research? Visit the experts in our Reference Services Department.
Reference Services’ new copy center offers color printing and copies.
Dewey Decimal Numbers 001-499
Community Technology Center
No more wandering 5 floors looking for your assigned computer. The CTC offers computer savvy staff and over 100 Internet PCs with access to Office Suite. Sign up to take a class in one of our great new classrooms.
Need a book about a computer application? Trying to learn a new language? Start here! Books with call numbers 001-499 and all International Language collections are now located on Level 4.
Western History and Genealogy
Our expanded manuscript room allow us to serve more researchers simultaneously.
Summary of Bond Improvements
- Repairs, replacement and upgrades to building components and several building and life safety systems that have been deferred over the years. This includes upgrades to the existing fire detection and alarm system, security and public address systems with state-of-the-art technology. Many areas of the exterior hardscape and facade have been repaired to assure a safe and aesthetic approach to our building. Many areas of the roof have been repaired. Design will continue on our ‘green roof’ initiative as a possibility for other areas of the roof. Improvement of life and safety systems.
- The installation of several automated library material self–check stations and the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to library materials has revolutionized how our customers access and acquire library books and media, and conduct other Library-related business. New automated material handling system provides efficiencies for basic transactions, allowing library staff more time for one-on-one customer service.
- Architectural features and interior finishes at the Central Library are unique, having no equal within the City of Denver and are a source of civic pride. Areas of the interior received much-needed repairs and refreshing that include: Lighting upgrades, painting, and woodwork refinishing. New furnishings and shelving make library materials and service more readily accessible.
Other Better Denver Bond Projects
Please visit the Library's bond page for more information on renovations at other Denver Public Library Branch locations.
The City of Denver has information on Better Denver Bond Program, with a complete list of projects going on around the City. All of these projects are possible due to the passage of the Better Denver program on the citywide ballot in 2007. Thank you for your continued support and patience during these renovations.