If you’re considering a new year’s resolution for 2018, may we suggest including the Denver Public Library? The new year is the perfect time to improve your life with free resources and services from your neighborhood library. As you ponder the year ahead, why not consider some of these resolutions?
Explore your interests
The library is a great place to explore new things. From do-it-yourself projects to crafts to book clubs to gardening to history to genealogy, we provide hundreds of free programs every month. To discover more, visit the Events section of our website or pick up a copy of our Engage! magazine at any location. Plus, you can now register to get updates and reminders about events delivered right to your in-box.
Take issue with your devices
Are you a fan of magazines? If you have a smartphone, tablet or laptop (or even a desktop computer), you can read and download digital magazines from our website. With choices from RBDigital and Flipster, you’ll always have your favorite issues ready for reading—wherever you are.
Discover Denver’s local music scene
Our local music project—Volume—curates the best of Denver’s artists and makes them available (for free!) to you to download and stream right to your smartphone or computer. Almost 200 albums are available on the site for you to enjoy.
Take the library with you
If you have an eReader, smartphone or tablet, you can download thousands of eBooks right to your device. In addition to popular titles, we also have eBooks for kids as well as reference and academic books for checkout. New to eBooks? We have step-by-step instructions right on the site. Are you a fan of audio books? You can also access free audio eBooks right from your phone or tablet.
Make it a movie night, any night
There’s no need to pay a monthly service fee to stream videos right to your desktop or device. Now movie time can be any time with our streaming video service—available 24/7.
Call it a makerspace, digital media lab or just your own workspace: our ideaLABs are community spaces where you can make just about anything. Produce a video, create a videogame, make music or learn about electronics at the SM Energy ideaLAB at the Central Library or the ideaLAB at the Montbello Branch Library or Hampden Branch Library. We have all of the high-tech gear you need to make your ideas come to life. (Please note: we’re excited to open another ideaLAB at the Hadley Branch Library in February).
Whether you want to become a social media guru or simply learn how to set-up and send email, we have your technology needs covered. The Community Technology Center at the Central Library is your one-stop shop for all things tech. In addition to public access computers, the center also offers classes, workshops and open labs on a wide range of topics from basic to advanced. Plus, you can schedule one-on-one appointments for a personalized look at your technology needs.
The Western History collection at the Denver Public Library is recognized as one of the most significant collections of Western Americana in the country. The collection presently includes more than 250,000 cataloged books, pamphlets, atlases, maps and microfilm titles. Plus, we have more than 600,000 photographs, 4,000+ manuscript archives and a remarkable collection of Western fine art and prints for researchers around the world. Be sure to check out the digital photo collections, too.
Get to the root of your family tree
Get to know your relatives a little better with sophisticated genealogy resources at the Central Library. With regular classes and guided tools, you can dig deeper into your family history and learn more about your roots.
Your house has a past, too
Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? How old is it? Who lived there and what did they do? Our researchers in the Western History and Genealogy Department are here to help with a new interactive Denver Building History Tutorial for you. You’ll be guided step-by-step through the process of discovering the history of your house or another building using the extensive collection of resources in the library.
Get young minds ready for a lifetime of learning
Storytime isn’t just reading...it’s singing, clapping, moving and interacting. Our Storytimes give infants, toddlers and preschoolers (and their adults) age-appropriate, research-based activities that both educate and entertain. Check the Events and Classes section on our website for a listing of Storytimes across Denver or check Engage! magazine.
Put some culture in your life
The Denver Public Library has partnered with nearby cultural institutions to offer museum admission for library cardholders. Book a pass online up to 30 days in advance and print your confirmation to gain entry to the museum. We currently offer admission to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, History Colorado Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
Explore your new community
Are you new to Denver and the United States? Our Plaza programming is specifically tailored to meet the needs of immigrant, refugee and asylee populations. Plazas are dedicated spaces for migrants from all over the world to connect with people, information and resources to help build Denver’s successful global community. Plazas offer support for new immigrants, including second-language conversation skills, citizenship, business networking and more.
Go take a hike
Enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado at one of our 42 State Parks with the State Parks Colorado Library Pass from the library. Each pass comes with a family activity backpack and admits one carload of visitors. You can check the passes out for one week.
Discover a new favorite
If you’re an avid reader, sometimes finding a new title can be difficult. Or at least it was! You can request a personalized reading list by providing some information on your favorite authors, books and genres and our librarians will give you a list of recommendations tailor made for you. It’s easy and available online. Then reserve your titles and pick them up at your favorite branch.
Finish your degree
Earning your high school diploma just got easier with our Career Online High School. The online program allows you to finish your degree and get trained in a number of high-demand career fields. Denver residents 19-years-old and older are eligible to apply.
Keep the kids entertained—anywhere
Kids love stories and now we have a way for them to hear one wherever you are. Call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish. The stories change every Tuesday. Phone-a-Story offers a wide range of stories for different age groups and you can listen to them as many times as you want.
Get ahead in work and life
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Your library card grants you access to Lynda.com so you can get the training you need.
Such fantastic things can be found at your public library! At OUR public library! Yes!!!!
Denver Library, you guys are the coolest! Thanks for providing all these amazing resources!
Can I get a library card online? It’s had for me to get to the physical location. Thank you.
Yes! You can get an online card that allows for limited access to materials and website services. Visit: https://www.denverlibrary.org/library-card for details.