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Central Denver Library

Project Overview - Complete

The Better Denver Bond Program funded $4.5 million for renovations to the Central Denver Library made between 2008 - 2011. The effort redesigned and reorganized the library to refresh many interior areas, install new materials-tracking and building safety systems, and provided both interior and exterior maintenance.  The interior renovations were designed to improve customers library experience and to enhance opportunities for direct interaction with staff.


New Materials Tracking Systems: The library’s new automated return system and updated self-checkout stations make use of RFID technology to revolutionize the way customers access books and media, and ensure more timely processing of material.


New Community Technology Center: Almost all the public computers were consolidated into one area in a redesigned Level 4 space, which provides computer stations for general use and classrooms for computer training, led by library staff.  A federal ARRA grant funded the purchase of nearly 70 new public access computers in the Center.

New Reference Services Department: The expanded reference service area has moved to Level 3, incorporating a larger, more convenient layout. The new space consolidates three previously separate departments (Government Publications, the Magazine Center and General Reference) into a single reference service point. The new configuration improves staffing and space efficiencies, allowing for the addition of a new “appointment services” area, where customers can get librarian help with in-depth questions on anything from medical information to business start-ups.

New Media Area:  The new Movies & Music area on Level 1 improves customer access to DVDs, Music CDs and CD books.  Self-checkout stations within the space improve speed and ease of checkout and provide improved security for these popular collections.


What's New Area:  The refurbished Burnham Hoyt Room on Level 1, previously housing CDs and DVDs, now showcases new books, new teen books, circulating magazines and large print material.  Improvements to the space include a Wi-Fi lounge, a room for book clubs to meet, comfortable seating, and new shelving and display units to enhance the browsing experience.

Refreshed Interior: New compact shelving, lighting upgrades, additional furnishings and mill work, fresh paint, and refinished woodwork make the library more functional and comfortable.

Repaired Exterior: Replaced a leaking roof and deteriorating fire-escape stairs, leveled and reset uneven brick pavers in Acoma plaza, and washed and tuck-pointed exterior monument signs, all of which help assure a safer and more aesthetic approach to the library. 

Safety Systems: Replaced an obsolete fire protection system, upgraded the public address system, and improved the building security system; all with state-of the art technology.

Green Building Features/ Approaches: The new roof is a white, reflective material that will aid in energy reduction by reducing the heat island effects. R-30 insulation was applied where minimal insulation previously existed. New lighting fixtures have electronic ballasts and energy efficient lamps. Carpeting was manufactured using at least 25% recycled content and old carpet was recycled. Many new furnishings were made using recycled materials.




Denver Central Library Improvements