Denver Public Libraries play an important role in childhood and adult literacy, readiness to learn, student achievement, lifelong learning, and providing a point of entry for new technology users. The Libraries also have a strong economic impact through services that improve workforce skills and small business development. They also provide a high return because these materials are beyond affordability for many individuals. In the recent past, materials used by Library visitors have added up to a cost of $130 million, and materials valued at $4 million were loaned to Denver Public Schools for classroom use.
Refurbishments/ADA Compliance Upgrades:
Much needed library improvements had been postponed during the years of the early 2000s. With the passage of the Better Denver Bond Program, and ballot measure 1C, 23 Denver Public Library facilities are getting some kind of bond-funded improvements. Refurbishments are being made to roofs, HVAC systems, boilers, electrical systems, fire alarms, and network infrastructure at many locations, and the buildings are being be brought into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act as needed. Bond funding is also enabling the repair or replacement of libraries' interior finishes, fixtures and furniture, and bringing technology needs up to date, including the installation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. RFID stations allow for automated self-check of library materials to enhance how customers can access and acquire library materials.
Lastly, three new branch libraries are being built for underserved or high-growth Denver communities – Green Valley Ranch, Stapleton, and West Denver.