The Denver Public Library announces plans to resume limited in-person services

Book drops are now open, curbside service set to begin on July 7

The Denver Public Library announced today, June 17, that its book drops are now open for customers to return materials and that it plans to start curbside service on July 7.

Book drops at all locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of the following branches: Smiley and Byers (both closed for a planned renovation), and Montbello (temporarily closed for construction). Book donations will not be accepted at this time.

To maintain staff safety, all materials will be quarantined for three days before they are checked in. There are currently 305,361 items checked out from Denver library locations. While book drops are open, all due dates have been extended to July 20 to give customers time to return their materials. Customers are asked to maintain physical distancing guidelines by remaining six feet apart when returning materials and to wear a face covering.

Curbside service for holds on materials placed prior to the library’s closure will begin by appointment on July 7. New holds for materials can be placed beginning July 13.

More information about procedures for pick up at each location will be available on the library’s website and social media channels leading up to this date. The date for curbside service is subject to change based on public health considerations.

“We know that our customers are eager to return materials and pick up new items,” said Michelle Jeske, city librarian. “Our teams have been working diligently behind the scenes to begin to phase in services with customer and staff safety top of mind.”

In response to COVID-19, the Denver Public Library closed all branch locations and book drops on March 16. Since the closure, the library has moved many of its popular services to the virtual world. Children’s storytimes, programming for kids, teens and adults, and more are all available online. The library also has phone service available for customers without access to the internet by calling 720.865.1111, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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