Transformation at Central Library

If you’ve been downtown in the past year, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of a “barricaded” Central Library! The library broke ground on a major renovation of the building in January 2021. We’re pleased to report that significant progress has been made on this transformational project.

Surface-level Acoma Plaza renovations were funded by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and are now complete, offering very inviting access to Civic Center Park, DAM, and the library. 

New public restrooms within the library are also complete! Upgrading these facilities was a top priority based on feedback from the community. The renovation architect, studiotrope, designed these facilities to meet customer requests for cleanliness and enhanced feelings of safety.

Customers can also look forward to a new Children’s Library, which is scheduled to open this spring. Relocated in the northeast corner of Central Library, the new space will offer a colorful, engaging environment with age-appropriate learning zones for children and their families.

The former children’s library is currently being transformed into a new event and programming venue – the Large Program Space. When complete, this facility will offer a flexible space for library programming and other community needs; it will host everything from author lectures to concerts to career fairs and more!

With additional funding before June 30, 2022, the library could also build a new Teen Space on the second floor, a secure Outdoor Children’s Playspace, and a new Commons area on the first floor. To learn more, reach out to Executive Director Jeff Riley at