Project is last of the library’s 2007 Better Denver Bond projects and sets the stage for new bond renovations
Denver, CO—Feb. 10, 2018—The Denver Public Library on Feb. 10 reopened the Hadley Branch Library in Southwest Denver after an extensive $1.6 million renovation. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 9:30 a.m. featuring Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn and City Librarian Michelle Jeske. The remodel is the last of the library’s 2007 Better Denver Bond projects, which saw the renovation of 11 branch libraries and the addition of three new libraries throughout Denver. The library is located at 1890 S. Grove Street at Federal Blvd.
The Hadley renovation was made possible through cost savings realized through other library bond projects. As construction projects were completed, the library found budget available to complete the Hadley work and offer a complete interior remodel of the building, erected in 1964.
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to renovate another branch library by being judicious with bond funds,” said City Librarian Michelle Jeske. “Our libraries truly are community centers where people meet to better themselves and their communities. The Hadley community deserves a great facility and we’re excited to offer a library that will meet the needs of citizens for years to come.”
Work to the facility includes a new ideaLAB digital makerspace, upgrades to lighting, heating and ventilation, wireless connectivity and upgraded paint and furnishings. A new elevator and and additional set of stairs offer access to the basement where programs will be offered in the future. The facility is now fully ADA compliant and enhancements have been made to address safety protections for customers and staff.
“Denver residents love their local libraries, and they voted in 2007 to ensure that branches like Hadley and others across the city could get the improvements they needed to remain the cornerstones of our neighborhoods that they are,” Mayor Hancock said. “Our city showed that same commitment again last November with their overwhelming approval of the Our Denver Bond package. I am so pleased that more of our neighborhood branches, like Hadley, will see the repairs and improvements they need to keep them valued community assets.”
Technology plays a central role in the renovated library. The ideaLAB digital makerspace features a soundproof studio where customers can record music or voice recordings that parallel professional music studios. As well, 15 new public access computers have been added to the branch to give access to the Internet and popular office software. A new wireless system will allow customers to connect their laptops and smartphones to a fast and reliable network.
In November, Denver voters overwhelmingly supported the Our Denver Bond and Measure 2E which provides funding for the renovation of the Denver Central Library and 10 branch libraries. Renovations will provide critical safety and technology updates as well as deferred maintenance and the addition of community spaces at branch libraries throughout Denver.