Educator Services

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Educator Library Cards
Denver Public Library’s Educator Card is available to both formal and informal educators in Denver, including (but not limited to): public and private school teachers, homeschool teachers, preschool teachers, daycare providers and adult education providers. The card allows educators to keep items they check out for professional use off of their personal cards, and also offers a few perks—including a new, exclusive card designed by Colorado illustrator Steve Jenkins!

With an Educator Card, educators have access to:

  • Extended loan periods of up to 6 weeks
  • Automatic renewal up to 3 times at these extended loan periods (if there are no holds on the title)
  • 100 item checkout limit (including up to 50 combined media items)
  • 50 item hold limit
  • All of DPL’s digital resources

Please note that Educator Card accounts are not eligible for ILL and Prospector. Educators may sign up for a card at any DPL location.

Teacher Sets (Ideal for toddlers-12th grade)
Any Denver Public Library branch can gather a set of materials (books, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs) for you to check out and use in your classroom.

Primary Source Sets (Ideal for 4th-12th grade)
The Western History and Genealogy Department can assemble sets of primary source materials (images, manuscripts, songs, etc.) and send digital copies of them to you via email. We can also provide copies of said materials that can be picked up in person.
Contact us at history@denverlibrary.org.

Research Guide Request 9th-12th grade (Ideal for 9th-12th grade)
Our research guides introduce you to resources available at the Denver Public Library (books, DVDs, databases), Internet resources, primary sources and search tips. See examples of guides we've created for other educators.

Field Trips to the Library (Ideal for PreK-12th grade)
Book a staff-led or self-guided library orientation for your classroom tailored to your needs. To schedule a tour at the Central Library us the Central Library Group Visits & Tours form. To schedule a tour at a branch library, please contact your nearest branch location.

Visits to Your School (Ideal for PreK-12th grade)
Bring the library to you! Library staff are available for parent nights, classroom visits and more. If you would like to set up a visit, please contact your library location. For research instruction please contact Reference Services at 720-865-1363 or info@denverlibrary.org.

If you are interested in the Denver Public Library bookmobile making regular visits to your school or would like the bookmobile to come to a school event please contact us at mobile-services@denverlibrary.org.

Reading Recommendations (Ideal for birth-12th grade)
Visit our kid and teen websites for booklists at all reading levels. Discover our Best and Brightest list of fresh titles each year. Have a reader with particular interests? Request a customized booklist for kids or teens.

Homework Resources (Ideal for 3rd-12th grade)
Discover databases and other library resources for students.

Colorful Coloradans Biographies (Ideal for 4th grade and up)
Biographies of important Coloradans featuring digitized sources from the Western History collection to provide young researchers with high quality, primary source material for their history projects.

Student Research Appointments (Ideal for 7th-12th grade)
One-on-one librarian help with your research assignment, held at the Central Library, select branches, or online through our Ask Us service.

Ask Us 24/7 Chat Service (Ideal for 5th-12th grade)
Online chat with a librarian to get answers to questions, research guidance, and online information. Ask Us! can be used anonymously, with or without a library card.
Chat Guidelines for Educators.

Professional Development (Ideal for all grades)
Book librarians for a custom workshop on research instruction, youth literature, and more. Contact Ask Us to tell us about your training needs.

Technology and Maker Training
Get help learning a new technology or how to incorporate makerspaces in your curriculum. Contact ctc@denverlibrary.org for an individual appointment or to inquire about training for a group.

Early Learning Trainings
Early learning specialists provide trainings for parents, educators, and caregivers of children birth through kindergarten. Contact the Early Learning Department.

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