A library is a place where information is collected in the form of books, manuals, reports etc. The aim is to serve sufficient information to create knowledge of virtually any field of interest. There are different types of libraries: public, school, special, states and research libraries. Public libraries can also be broken down into two types: national and state libraries.
Denver Public Library is an example of a state public library. So called because it is owned by the state’s government funded by the people’s tax as its purpose is to serve the public. The purpose of having a public library is in the spirit of educating the public by stocking highly informative materials. Denver Public Library was therefore built with complete public building features. More about Denver Public Library is discussed below.
The library is located in the city of Denver, Colorado at 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. The 2004 report of the library stock of items was recorded to be 2.5 million+, and library cardholders were numbered at four hundred and seventeen thousand, six hundred and sixteen (417,616) – consisting mainly of Colorado residents.
History of the Denver Public Library
The Denver Public Library building is a paradigm of a post-modern art, established in 1889 by John Cotton. At the time, DPL didn’t have its own location. A Denver high school wing was used to accommodate the library until 1919 when a location was obtained for the library. Mr. Andrew Carnegie was responsible for the funding of the library design and arranged for it to be located at the Civic Center Park. Carnegie did not stop at the funding of the library design; he went further to endorse the construction of 8 additional branches of Denver Public Library.
A new 540,000 square foot structure was added to the Denver Public Library in 1956, built by Fisher Hoyt 1990, designed by Michael Graves, and located at Broadway and 14th Street in downtown Denver.
In the Denver Public Library, the Denver and mountain scenery is represented as an abstract landscape in the interior. It also has a large western history anthology kicked off during the time when Malcolm Wyer was the city librarian. The anthology comprises of 3700 manuscripts collection and 200,000 books, atlases, maps, and pamphlets, as well as 600,000 photographs. Each section of the Denver Public Library holds the Otto Perry compilation of railroad pictures, with 20,000 copies from around the North.