Last month, after its libraries had been closed for almost a year, Denver Public Librares announced a phased reopening of its branches, starting with the reopening of nine locations on March 9.
On Tuesday, DPL announced that most of its remaining branches will reopen to the public on April 13, with the exception of the Byers, Decker and Smiley branches. The Central Library will remain closed for renovations.
“Our customers were really excited to return to our locations when we reopened in early March,” said city librarian Michelle Jeske. “We’re pleased to open the remainder of our branch libraries to the public to provide library access across the city.”
On March 16, 2020, Denver Public Library closed all of its branches to the public. While DPL provided some modified services like curbside pickup and a laptop rental program, patrons hadn’t been able to use the libraries’ indoor facilities in almost a year.
Now, visitors to reopened libraries will be able to browse their collections, check out books and media and use the library’s computers, though meeting rooms and study rooms remain closed. DPL just asks that visitors adhere to the usual social distancing requirements (face coverings, six-foot distancing, etc.) and that they stay home if they’re feeling sick.
Branches will be open Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of Westwood, which will be open Tuesday through Friday. Hours vary, and some of the branches that opened in March will be expanding their hours to full days. Hours can be found at DPL’s website. All locations will continue to offer curbside pickup services.