Information for out-of-town researchers
to Denver! We hope this information about the Denver Public
Library will prove useful.
Western History/Genealogy Department is located on the fifth
level of the Central Library, 10 West Fourteen Avenue Parkway,
at the Civic Center in downtown Denver. The Department is open
to the public during the following hours:
A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Sunday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
is a parking garage directly south of the Central Library. The
entrance is on 12th Avenue. For a map, rates and other parking
information, visit the Denver Public Library Website http://denverlibrary.org/locations_hours/parking.html.
lodging, check out http://denver.citysearch.com.
From this web site, click on "hotels and visitors," followed
by "hotels by neighborhood," and perform a search for hotels
in "downtown Denver." The library is located at the corner of
13th and Broadway. You can walk, quite easily, to the library
from these downtown hotels. (Also, a free shuttle bus on 16th
Street runs from Union Station to Civic Center Station.) Prices,
of course, vary. Due to the urban nature of the downtown area,
food, lodging, and entertainment are very easy to locate. The
will plot hotels/restaurants on a map for you. For free brochures,
guides, maps and visitor information, contact the Denver Metro
Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-2DENVER.
of the manuscript collections are open for research and contain
no restrictions. These materials are available on the day of
your arrival. However, it is recommended (although not necessary)
to schedule an appointment. During the initial interview, expect
to show a form of photo identification. Researchers are not
required to have a letter of introduction. With advance notice
of your arrival, staff can set materials aside for your use;
otherwise, retrieval time for boxes may require up to one hour.
Planning Your Research
Although it is not required, it is wise to contact the Western
History/Genealogy Department before making your first visit.
Contacting the department will save you time in the long run
and will give you an opportunity to find out if the archive
can realistically help your research or give you an estimate
of how long your research will take.
If traveling from a distance, please contact the
Department beforehand. With advance notice, we can verify that
the material is housed at the library, prepare and pull the
material for your visit and if necessary conduct a limited amount
of research on your behalf. To inquire about our services or
to make a request, contact the Western History/Genealogy
Department by typed letter, telephone, or e-mail. When you write,
be sure to lay out your request as succinctly as you can including
names, dates, places, and specific documents.
Upon entering the Reading Room, you will be asked to fill
out a registration form which will ask for your name and address,
the title of the collection desired and a picture ID. This document ensures that researchers
are familiar with the Department's policies on copyright, restrictions,
The Western History staff will photocopy all requests. If the
paper is in poor condition, the material may not be photocopied.
Copying large segments of a collection or an entire collection is not permitted.
look forward to your visit.
Denver Public Library
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204