The Denver Public Library’s Central Library will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 18 for the first time since it closed during the pandemic. During the closure, construction supported by the Elevate Denver bond program started on the first phases of a major renovation of the building. Due to the construction, Central Library will open with limited first floor only access to the public. Beginning July 18, hours will be Sunday - Thursday, 1 - 5 p.m., and curbside holds pick-up service will be available Sunday 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Central Library will offer limited access to the library’s collection and Western History and Genealogy resources, along with providing computer and internet access, and information desk services. Floors two through seven are inaccessible at this time, which includes Western History and Genealogy, meeting rooms, study rooms and the ideaLAB makerspace.
“We are excited to be able to open our doors to the community,” said central library administrator, Rachel Fewell. “Things will definitely look and feel a little different since the building is under construction, but we hope the service and access we provide can bring some sense of normalcy to our visitors and community.”
The ongoing renovation of Central includes: floors one through four, along with exterior work surrounding the building. Renovations include a reimagined children’s library, renovated public restrooms, updated and modernized elevators, a large programming and events space, and more. Construction is expected to be ongoing throughout 2021 and 2022. For more renovation information visit: denverlibrary.org/elevate.
The last major renovation Central library underwent was completed in 1995, which added the current expansion of the library designed by Michael Graves.
This renovation is part of the Elevate Denver Bond. In November 2017, Denver voters overwhelmingly approved measure 2E, which provided $69.3 million to renovate the Central Library and 10 branch libraries as part of the bond.
Elevate Denver Bond Program
Elevate Denver is a 10-year, $937 million general obligation bond program approved by voters in 2017. With nearly 500 projects, Elevate Denver enhances the City and County of Denver by maintaining, repairing and building critical infrastructure. To date, 60 percent of the nearly billion-dollar program has been issued, bringing improvements to Denver Health and Hospital Authority and cultural institutions, as well as transportation and mobility, parks and recreation, public safety, libraries, and public facilities.