Library Renovations

We are updating your libraries!

Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock

Highlands Ranch

Come see our newly renovated branch in Highlands Ranch! We’ve made more square footage available for public use, created dedicated spaces for students, tutors and families, improved our event spaces, and added amenities like laptop borrowing.
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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

Our library in Highlands Ranch required enhancements to meet the growing needs of the community it serves. We incorporated community feedback into improvements made in early 2019, to better offer the full menu of services, events and activities our community demands. The result is an innovative and highly flexible library design that accommodates the changing landscape of books, reading and information. Similar changes are planned for our Castle Rock (Philip S. Miller) location, on a timeline still to be determined.
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

Douglas County Libraries has accomplished renovations to date with capital reserves and through strong stewardship of our resources, without having asked 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 2016-2018, 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 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, Roxborough, and Highlands Ranch (James H. LaRue). Updates are proposed for are proposed for the Castle Rock (Philip S. Miller) location; scheduling is still to be determined. 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?
Early 2019 renovations in Highlands Ranch 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.