After nearly a year of being closed to in-person visits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver Public Library will re-open nine of its branch locations on March 9.
The nine branches are:
• Bear Valley Branch Library, 5171 W. Dartmouth Ave., in Harvey Park South.
• Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St., in Cherry Creek.
• Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 N. Irving St., in West Colfax.
• Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, 4856 N. Andes Ct., in Gateway-Green Valley Ranch.
• Hampden Branch Library, 9755 E. Girard Ave., in Hampden.
• Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn St., in Central Park.
• Ross-University Hills Branch Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave., in University Hills.
• Valdez-Perry Branch Library, 4690 Vine St., in Elyria Swansea.
• Westwood Branch Library, 1000 S. Lowell Blvd., in Westwood.
With the exception of the Westwood Branch Library, hours the branches will be open to the public are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Westwood Branch Library will be open from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The nine re-opened branches will operate with limited hours to allow for cleaning, and with limited occupancy capacity to allow for physical distancing. Furniture and computer workstations have been rearranged to allow for physical distancing, and those visiting the branches in-person should remain six feet apart from others at all times. Additionally, anybody older than 3 must wear a face covering during their visit. Food is not permitted inside the branches, and beverages must be in covered containers.
In-person visitors can access the library's collections, check out materials, use computers and more. However, in-person programming and events are not being offered at this time, and meeting rooms, study rooms and ideaLABs remain closed.
The library will continue to offer its curbside service at all branch locations — with the exception of the Byers Branch Library, 675 Santa Fe Dr., in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, which is closed for renovations — and its remote programming and events, many of which are offered both online or by phone.
The re-openings are part of the library's phased approach to re-opening, and additional locations are expected to open in early April.
“We know our customers have missed us and we have missed them just as much,”said Michelle Jeske, city librarian, in a news release. “Our teams have been working hard behind-the-scenes to determine a safe way to provide the community with access to our spaces and resources. We are delighted to begin to reopen our locations to the public.”
To learn more about visiting the Denver Public Library's re-opened branch locations, its curbside service or to register for a remote program or event, visit https://www.denverlibrary.org/.
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