Denver Public Library
Did you know that the Denver
Public Library is available to everyone in Colorado? You do
not need to be a resident of Denver to access its amazing resources.
The DPL is a proud
partner of the National History Day in Colorado program. Do you know that
The Denver Public Library is the largest public
library between Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Central Branch has almost 50 linear miles of
shelving, and houses over two million items in its collection.
The DPL is consistently ranked as one of the
nation’s top public libraries.
The Western History and Genealogy Department is
one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in its field.
The DPL is a Federal depository, with an
extensive historical collection.
The Blair-Caldwell African American Research
Library located at 24th & Welton in Denver houses a unique
collection related to African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky
Public Library and Your History Day Research
All students are welcome to use the DPL and its sources for
independent research. Additionally, librarians
are eager to help History Day students look beyond Google and find unique and
elusive primary sources that are essential for competitive NHD projects. DPL’s resources
include dozens of subscription databases with premium content; thousands of
reference books, bound periodicals, microfilm and microfiche on every topic
imaginable; and two million Federal government documents. Cardholders can also
request items from other library systems. Librarians are pros at finding the
proverbial needle in the vast haystack that those library collections
These services are not
limited to Denver residents.
Students must have a My Denver Card (for Denver residents age 5-18) or a
DPL library card (available to non-residents) to borrow books or access
subscription databases. For information
on the My Denver Card or the DPL library card go to
With a couple of weeks’ notice, librarians are also
available to provide research workshops
for groups of 30 or fewer. Topics can
include basic library research; what is microfilm and how to use it; accessing
newspaper archives; finding sources unique to the DPL, and much more. Teachers
and students can book an appointment with a librarian or inquire about a
workshop by submitting this request form: http://denverlibrary.org/student-library-appointment.
Doing a project on Japanese Internment? Click here
to see a library guide to Japanese-American Internment.
Book a Librarian is a one-on-one free consultation with one of our experienced, professional librarians that lasts approximately 30 minutes. Our librarians speak three languages, English, Russian and Spanish, and are prepared to help you with your History Day research.
To sign up for a Book a Librarian session:
Arapahoe Libraries: Click on the “Book a Librarian” link in the page footer under “Help.”
- Or call us: 303-542-7279 to set up your appointment today!
Davies Library patrons should call 303-769-4310
- Kelver Library patrons should call 303-822-9392