Denver Public Library branches will reopen Thursday after closure due to an “unspecified threat

DPD said they will continue to investigate and increase patrols around DPL branches.

Denver Public Library's Ross-Cherry Creek branch. Sept. 15, 2022.

Denver Public Library's Ross-Cherry Creek branch. Sept. 15, 2022.

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Update 6:00 p.m.: All Denver Public Library branches, except the locations closed for renovations, will reopen Thursday, after shutting down Wednesday due to an “unspecified threat.”

“As a public-serving entity – we take all threats seriously and prioritize the safety of our staff and customers,” DPL said in a statement.

Out of caution, all branches were closed when the organization received a threat Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Denver police said a preliminary investigation determined the message came from out of state. DPD also said several libraries in other states were all sent similar threats. The nature of the threat is unclear. DPD said they will continue to investigate and increase patrols around DPL branches.

 

All Denver Public Library locations are closed today due to an “unspecified threat,” according to a press release.

DPL said it received the threat overnight. It is currently working with law enforcement.

Out of caution, all branches will be closed until further notice. Closures are also in effect for the library’s bookmobile stops. DPL said residents can check its website for updates.

The specific nature of the threat is unclear. Denver police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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