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Information for out-of-town researchers

Welcome to Denver! We hope this information about the Denver Public Library will prove useful.

The 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:

Monday 10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Tuesday 10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Wednesday CLOSED
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.

There 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.

For 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 website www.mapquest.com 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.

Most 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.

Registration
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, and photocopying.

Photocopying
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.

We look forward to your visit.

The Denver Public Library
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
http://denverlibrary.org
720-865-1821

 

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