Douglas County Libraries is one of the largest library systems in Colorado, and we play a vital role in the life of our community with programs and services for kids, teens and adults. We lend nearly 6 million books, DVDs, magazines, e-books and audiobooks every year, including more children’s materials than any other Colorado library.
"Groundbreaking for a new library in Castle Rock drew more than 150 people Monday. The crowd included library, town and Douglas County officials to mark the official start of construction of the more than $23 million project. … Prompted by growth in the Castle Rock community, the new library will add space and features to serve residents in the future. It also will provide a workspace for the library's district-wide services teams."
NewsBreak Denver, May 2022
"Castle Rock will replace the 46-year-old building that’s served as its library for 19 years with a larger facility by next summer. And it will be done, like other recent Douglas County Libraries projects, without voter approval of a bond issue or tax hike."
NewsBreak Denver, April 2022
"The Archives & Local History (ALH) department at Douglas County Libraries recently received a historical donation from the estate of siblings Robert and Rosemary Metzler of Castle Rock. The Metzlers were professional educators and third-generation Coloradans whose family history in Douglas County dates back more than 100 years. According to Alyssa Carver, head archivist with ALH, the materials donated are representative of the history of the Metzler Ranch in Castle Rock and the personal legacies of the family members."
Douglas County News Press, October 2021
"Douglas County Libraries (DCL) reached a record-breaking number of digital book checkouts in 2020, surpassing the one million mark last November. This milestone highlights the continued growth and importance of the library’s digital lending of e-books and audiobooks, especially in a year that included building closures due to the global pandemic."
The Castle Pines Connection, February 2021
"But as necessity moved them to connect with patrons in other ways, ideas emerged that will expand libraries' menu of options... Douglas County found success with 'Quarantine Quiz Show,' in which two hosts led online participants on Friday nights through a friendly competition that tested their knowledge of the Harry Potter book series."
The Colorado Sun, June 2020
"Libraries can also give people a chance to try out tech and toys they might not otherwise have access to, said Andrea Wyant, a collection development librarian for Douglas County Libraries. Wyant heads the district's 'nontraditional items' collection, where patrons can check out items ranging from high-end digital cameras, virtual reality headsets and karaoke machines to digital projectors and retro video game consoles."
Highlands Ranch Herald, January 2020
"DCL – Castle Rock moved to 100 S. Wilcox Street in 2003, and the new facility is being built directly in front of the old location. With Castle Rock’s exponential growth over the years, a larger library facility with more space and special features is needed to accommodate the expanding community. "
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