Community Safety Notice

Douglas County Libraries is currently closed, following the guidance of local health authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have made the difficult but necessary decision to close all of our libraries until further notice, in addition to cancelling, postponing and/or rescheduling all public events and space reservations.
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Three Metro Denver Public Health Departments, including the Tri-County Health Department, issue stay-at-home orders.

Borrowing, Holds and Fines Updates

  • All DCL book drops are closed. Hold onto your library materials. No current checkouts will come due, and no fines will accrue during the closure. We will waive fines and/or extend due dates on physical items checked out.
  • Current holds in our system will not expire.
  • Prospector and Interlibrary Loan will be unavailable as most other library systems are also closed.
  • Materials Request and Book Club Express kits will be unavailable. Current items/kits that are checked out will not come due or accrue fines during the closure. Groups with kits reserved during the closure can arrange for a different borrowing period by emailing bce@dclibraries.org.
  • Book donations will not be accepted during the closure.
  • We have increased cleaning and disinfection throughout our libraries, which will continue until we are advised that COVID-19 is no longer a potential threat.

Our Digital Library is Open

  • Our digital library is always open—and it's been enhanced to accommodate more digital checkouts (now up to 12 borrows per month) and less wait time (decreased ratio of holds to copies, now just 3:1).
  • You may Skip the Line on OverDrive and through the Libby app for instant checkout of items, similar to Your Lucky Day items in our branches. And you'll see that familiar shamrock.
  • You may also access a variety of digital library perks, from audio-guided workouts, to crafting classes, to online learning and more.
  • Those who do not currently have a DCL library card can get instant access to our digital collection with a digital library card through OverDrive's Instant Digital Card and Hoopla's Engage.
  • Virtual Storytime is available through Storyblocks, a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL).
  • Access to PebbleGo K-3 databases is free at www.pebblego.com, providing expertly leveled text and navigation for beginning researchers. Sign in using the username engaged and password learning.
  • Access to Capstone interactive e-books for older kids is also free at www.mycapstonelibrary.com. Sign in using the username continue and password reading.
We're doing all we can to ensure the safety and health of DCL staff and our community. As the situation surrounding COVID-19 changes, we will continue to communicate with you via email and will post ongoing updates to this page and through our social media channels. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this situation together. We wish you and your loved ones good health.