The Denver Public Library
About the Library
The Denver Public Library connects people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives and strengthen our community.
The Library Strives to Positively Impact the Community in Several Ways, Including:
Immersing children from birth in literacy-rich environments where they discover the joy of reading and learning, motivating them to achieve and graduate from high school.
DPL offers early literacy programs, such as storytimes for babies and preschoolers that are based on best-practices and are designed with a strong emphasis on reading aloud to children and making the experiences fun. They also offer after school programs where underserved youth have a safe place to go, learn new skills and even make new friends. Two Reading Rocket bookmobiles provide fun reading materials at 26 Denver Public School locations throughout the year, while for over 80 years, the annual Summer of Reading program focuses on making reading and literacy-related programs fun and accessible for kids of all ages to help avoid “summer learning loss.”
Improving people's lives by allowing them to acquire the resources and skills needed to prosper and contribute to Denver's economy.
DPL provides free computer and internet access, as well as technology classes and one-on-one assistance to help customers build their skills to be more competitive in today’s digital environment. The Library also provides job-seeker appointment services where customers can learn about resume writing, searching for jobs online, and interview skills. Through the BizBoost program, customers can get one-on-one help with effective business research using sophisticated business resources the Library subscribes to. And, for new immigrants or non-native English speakers and their families, DPL offers English and other life-skills classes through the Community Learning Plazas.
Providing a forum where people's lives can be enriched by reading, learning, and engaging in experiences here that make Denver a better place to live.
DPL’s Fresh City Life and Engage programs bring free interesting cultural events and programming to the Central Library and branches. The Western History/Genealogy Department, including the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library presents a plethora of programs and exhibitions about the history of Denver and the West, providing educational experiences for all ages.
For over a century, the Library has served Denver and beyond by providing materials for both educational and entertainment purposes but have adapted services to meet the changing needs of the community. While providing books, eBooks, movies, and music still remain important, moreover the Library acts as a technology hub; a community center where organizations from around the City convene and collaborate; and a welcoming place for lifelong learning.
Denver Public Library is funded through the City and County of Denver’s General Fund, and is governed by the eight-member Mayor-appointed Library Commission. The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, founded in 1940, supports the Library through advocacy and fundraising through memberships, the annual Summer and Winter Used Books Sales, and their signature event, the Booklovers Ball.