Denver’s Central Library to reopen Sunday right after COVID closure, renovations


Sixteen months just after Denver Public Library officers closed and locked the doorways to the central downtown branch, the creating will reopen Sunday with a handful of improvements.

But patrons shouldn’t hope the flagship library to return promptly to its former glory, due to the fact the development will not be down for another two or so years, Central Library Administrator Rachel Fewell explained. Moreover, the department will only be open up from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

“It could be challenging for people who applied to use the Central Library and are anticipating to go appropriate up to the fourth flooring to use their favored personal computer,” Fewell explained to The Denver Write-up. “It’s not likely to be like that, it is going to be confined.”

Fewell beamed with delight Friday as she walked by way of the department with various colleagues, tallying off presently completed advancements and anticipating other individuals in the works.

When the branch opens Sunday, patrols will have entry to a local community connections area wherever they can discover occupation and housing solutions, interim Central operations manager Megan Hartline stated.

Usually, patrons can use computers to look for the library’s collection and ask for products to borrow from staff. The branch’s data solutions, card services, a neighborhood technologies center (with a lot more than 30 computers) and distinctive collections and reference portion will also be open, she claimed.

Every of the library’s 26 branches shut on March 15, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic attained pace. 9 of all those branches reopened in March 2021 with minimal hours and security safeguards, and in the months considering the fact that, the other individuals other than for the central department followed.

The perform at the Central Library — such as restroom updates and a very first-floor renovation — are portion of a longstanding system funded by the Elevate Denver bond package deal that voters handed in 2017. Millions a lot more ended up lifted by the Denver Community Library Friends Basis.

In all, the central branch renovation is anticipated to value about $50 million.

Short-term partitions independent a great deal of the library’s open area from locations nonetheless less than construction, nevertheless Hartline and Fewell mentioned they just can’t hold out to reopen the branch even with the do the job in the qualifications.