Library Renovations

We are updating your libraries!

Our Plans for 2018

Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock

Highlands Ranch

We’re getting a facelift!

Douglas County Libraries is renovating the James H. LaRue location to better serve Highlands Ranch residents. Updates to the library, based on your feedback, will feature more square footage devoted to public use, more space for tutors and families, larger event spaces, and improved technology. We are committed to maintaining the level of service you’ve become accustomed to, even as we complete this important work.

Key Dates:

DEC 19, 2018-MAR 31, 2019:
The main library will be closed. Limited services (holds pickup, returns, very limited browsing) will be available during the main building closure: 10AM-6PM MON-THU, 10AM-5PM FRI-SAT, Noon-5PM SUN.
APR 1, 2019:
The renovated library will open to the public at 9AM on Monday, April 1, 2019. A Grand Reopening Celebration will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Key Service Information:

How do I get my holds when the library is closed?
Holds service, including Book Club Express and Interlibrary Loan, will be available at the Highlands Ranch location for the duration of the renovation work. Access holds service through the door immediately to the right of the building’s main front doors.
Where can I return materials when the library is closed?
Items may be returned to the Highlands Ranch location's drive-up book drop any time during the closure.
Where can I go to Storytime while the library is closed?
Morning Storytimes will be held Monday-Friday, January 2-March 29, 2019, at the Recreation Center at Westridge, 9650 Foothills Canyon Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80129.
MON-FRI:*
  • 9:30AM Baby Storytime
  • 10:15AM Toddler Storytime
  • 11AM Preschool Storytime
*There will be NO Storytime on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings, and NO Storytime at all on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
You may also attend Storytime at another library location while the Highlands Ranch location is closed.
Can I donate books while the library is closed?
The Highlands Ranch location will stop accepting book donations on Thursday, November 1, and will resume accepting book donations when the library reopens in April 2019. You may take donations to another location.
Where can I go for other library services while the library is closed?
To find other library locations, visit DCL.org/locations.

About the Renovation:

Douglas County Libraries’ brand engages three big ideas:
  • The Integrated Family Library: Fun, engaging, learning spaces for families.
  • The Classic Library: Vibrant, mature spaces for work and relaxation.
  • The Community Center Library: Plentiful, diverse civic spaces for staging our own content as well as the content the community brings to our table
In that spirit, the renovated library in Highlands Ranch will better serve our community through the addition of these features:
  • Increased square footage available to the public.
  • A larger and more flexible primary Event Hall, an additional Conference Room, an additional Study Room, and a larger, better Kids Corner for Storytimes and other events.
  • Den, Loft, Studio and Gallery spaces similar in feel to corresponding spaces in libraries built in 2016.
  • More Learning Commons space for tutoring and other activities, adjacent to larger, improved space for families and interactives.
  • A Tech It Out kiosk for technology borrowing.
  • New shelving to better highlight our collections, and reorganized collections for better browsing, with the entire adult collection (except DVDs) upstairs, and the youth collection downstairs.
  • An improved book return drive.
  • No loss of parking.
  • Improved outdoor experiences, including a shade structure on the deck.
  • Retention of features important to our community: Second Chapter Bookstore (moving upstairs), the commemorative book wall (updated version), the Veterans’ display case.

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Your donation will help us provide our community with optional items that are outside the scope of our redesign project and our operating budget, while simultaneously communicating that you or your organization support us and our mission.

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No Leaf Unturned: A Library Renovation Campaign

Community support has kept Douglas County Libraries blazing trails and growing for more than two decades. Because we continue to care for our resources and want to offer all of our patrons premium experiences, we are excited about the next phase of our library improvement campaign, to renovate libraries in and for our community.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you! We look forward to renovating our facilities and bringing new, innovative features to all of our libraries, so we can grow with you, your family, and our community for years to come.

History

In 2012, the Douglas County Libraries leadership team proposed a five-year expansion plan to build three new libraries in underserved communities. The first phase of this campaign was completed in 2016 with the opening of new libraries in Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Parker. In late 2016, as the building projects neared completion, the leadership team, along with our Board of Trustees, began work on expanding the campaign to add a second phase focused on renovating the remaining libraries in our district. Our Castle Rock, Louviers and Roxborough locations enjoyed primarily cosmetic updates (paint, carpet, furniture and fixtures) in 2017 and early 2018.

The Need for Renovations

Libraries in Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch require enhancements to meet the needs of the growing communities they serve. Inefficient and inflexible layouts inhibit our ability to offer the full menu of services, events and activities our community demands. As we did prior to building the new libraries, we will incorporate the community's feedback about its needs into the renovated spaces while striving for innovative, accommodating library designs. The changing landscape of books, reading and information necessitates highly flexible, modular buildings that are experiential in nature.
The library is a destination. With more than 1.8 million visitors annually, Douglas County Libraries is a hub for our community. Residents check out books and spend time with their children and families. Job seekers search our online databases or consult with professionals. Businesses and community organizations use our spaces for meetings and events. Many residents come just to hang out. The library is a source for exploration, discovery and innovation as much as it is a quiet place of contemplation or a place to do research.

Financial Summary

Through use of our capital reserves and strong stewardship of our resources, Douglas County Libraries hopes to expand and renovate existing libraries in our community without asking citizens for support through tax increases. Based on growth in Douglas County property values reported since 2016, and on projected growth, we expect an increase in reserves available for capital improvements over the 2019-2021 period.

Your Input & Support

In 2012, and again in 2016 and 2017, we conducted large-scale community-wide outreach seeking community input and feedback. Library users and non-users rated the library very high for value. In addition to what we already provide, they told us they wanted more meeting rooms, drive-up book drops, indoor/outdoor spaces, study rooms, creative common spaces, family spaces and contemplative spaces for quiet reflection. We will use findings from this data to help us inform the design process and ensure that renovations are built upon community needs.
In addition, Douglas County Libraries is committed to gaining as much new community input and support as possible. This input will be essential to the success of the library renovations. The community is invited to be involved with this campaign every step of the way. It is vital to collect the community's thoughts, ideas and opinions about their library spaces.
In each community where we renovate a library, we provide a variety of ways for patrons to give feedback, including in-depth focus groups, online surveys, architects' showcases, small community gatherings, and a presence at community events where we distribute information and collect feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is No Leaf Unturned: A Library Renovation Campaign?
We are excited to respond to the community's growth and demand for library spaces and services through continued dedication to our facilities and strategic plan, and by working on several building renovation projects.
Which libraries will be renovated?
Library renovations have recently been completed in Louviers and Roxborough, and are proposed for the Castle Rock (Philip S. Miller) and Highlands Ranch (James H. LaRue) locations. All are in need of upgraded library spaces to accommodate their expanding communities. Our leadership team is working on a long-term timeline and master facilities plan to detail the projects, which may continue for several years.
Who is funding the renovations?
The library will be the primary funder of the overall project. Funding for a land purchase in Castle Rock ($2.5 million) came from the Douglas County Libraries capital reserve fund. Smaller projects may be funded through capital reserves, and/or through funds annually designated for capital improvements. Partners, including local municipalities, private donors and corporate donors, may also help support this project.
Will the community be involved?
Douglas County Libraries is committed to gaining as much community input and support as possible. In each community where we hope to renovate a library, we conduct information gathering through focus groups, online surveys, small meetings throughout the community and our presence at community events where we distribute information and collect feedback.
What will the renovations look like?
Renovations in Highlands Ranch, taking place in early 2019, will feature increased square footage available to the public, more meeting and study space, and larger and more specialized spaces for kids and families, in addition to improvements to the deck and drive-up book return. Because we are still planning, and dedicated to collecting community input, renovation details for Castle Rock are as yet uncertain. As we gather and analyze community feedback, we will begin to work with architects and designers on that project.
We will incorporate the community's needs into the new spaces while seeking innovative library design, and implement features consistent with our other library locations as we work to honor our brand. The DCL brand engages three big ideas that are apparent in our new locations:
  • The Integrated Family Library: Fun, engaging, learning spaces for families.
  • The Classic Library: Vibrant, mature spaces for work and relaxation.
  • The Community Center Library: Plentiful, diverse civic spaces for staging our own content as well as the content our community brings to our table.
Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock

Castle Rock

How is this expansion and renovation being funded?
The land purchase price of just over $2.5 million came from our capital reserve fund.
What is the timeline for expected completion of this project?
There is no set timetable for starting this expansion. A number of variables are in play and still being worked through before our library can act on this project.
What will happen to the businesses currently located in the strip mall on the land we have purchased?
The land now is a strip mall with leased tenants – our neighbors. We have contracted with the Kornfeld Companies, LLP (the tenants' existing property management firm) to support maintenance needs and represent DCL's relationship with other nearby land owners. We are committed to working with these local businesses to elevate their futures as we plan our own. Until we convert this land for a library purpose, we will benefit from rental income as a revenue source.
Who assisted with the purchase of this land?
Frank Griffin, our broker from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, expertly negotiated this transaction on our behalf. Our Board and its Capital Planning Committee exhibited leadership and patience in seeing it through. Brad Kornfeld/KKG (aka the sellers) and our neighboring land owners willingly allowed covenants governing the property to be altered to accommodate our ultimate use: a library to serve the growing Castle Rock community.
What will happen to the gazebo?
The gazebo's future is still to be determined by DCL leadership and the Town of Castle Rock.
Who can I consult for detailed information about the property, current businesses, etc.?
Please refer these questions to our library representative, Jeff Konishi, at (303) 791-7323.
Will parking be affected by this renovation?
Parking will be expanded to meet the requirements of the new building.
Where is the land?
Lot 2 in the image below is DCL's recently acquired parcel.
Parcel Map
Douglas County Libraries, Louviers

Louviers

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historic Louviers Village Club House, we have refreshed our library space with new paint, refinished floors, updated lighting, new and refinished furnishings, and additional items in our Louviers collection. Visit and see the updates for yourself!
Douglas County Libraries, Roxborough

Roxborough

Our Roxborough location has been updated with new paint and new interior finishes and furniture. Drop in for a visit or view some photos now.