Denver Public Library


Denver Public Library


Hardly a dusty bibliotheca, the Denver Public Library is an active and artsy place with whimsical postmodern architectural elements courtesy of renowned architect Michael Graves. In addition to its voluminous stacks, the library offers lectures, while shifting exhibits feature local historical and contemporary photography. On the 5th floor is the Western History & Genealogy Department.

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