Elevate Denver Bond Program

In November 2017, Denver voters overwhelmingly approved measure 2E, which provides $69.3 million to renovate the Denver Central Library and 10 branch libraries as part of the Elevate Denver Bond program.

Here you’ll find basic information on the library’s 11 bond-related projects as well as updates on construction and temporary closures.

News & Project Updates

Central Library facadeUpdate May 17, 2019

Central Library Community Input Meetings: July 9 & 10
Smiley Branch Library Community Input Meeting: July 2

The first debt issuance for Elevate Denver bonds allows the library to begin four of 11 scheduled projects. Each project has a design team, which includes representatives from the Department of Public Works, selected architects and library staff.

Byers and Smiley Branch Libraries
These two branches are packaged together because of their age—each is 101 years old—and because they are both Carnegie libraries and have similar architectural opportunities and challenges. The library will plan community meetings this summer to gather input from customers and neighbors. Those who can’t attend those meetings are welcome to complete a comment card to have ideas and questions submitted to the design team. Construction is expected to begin on these projects in mid-2020 and complete in mid-2021.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
A short list of designers has been established for the renovations to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Interviews with designers begins May 15. Construction is projected to begin in 2021.

Central Library
Studiotrope has been selected as the designer for the Central Library. Library officials are consulting with subject matter experts on various aspects of the project, which includes major renovations to floors 1-2 as well as deferred maintenance projects. Contractor procurement is expected to be finalized in early May with an RFQ for the physical construction to be released shortly thereafter. Notice to proceed is expected in June 2019 and construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2021.

Elevate Denver Bond Renovations

Athmar Park Branch Library
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Byers Branch Library
Denver Central Library
Eugene Field Branch Library
Pauline Robinson Branch Library
Ross-Barnum Branch Library
Ross-Broadway Branch Library
Ross-University Hills Branch Library
Smiley Branch Library
Schlessman Family Branch Library

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