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Check Out These Fifteen Perks of a Denver Library Card!

Denver Public Library cards are not to be underestimated.
Denver Public Library cards are not to be underestimated. Kelsey Yandura
From literary-themed tattoo events to concerts, the Denver Public Library offers far more than books (though it has those, too). Any Colorado resident can get a DPL card; here are fifteen little-known perks that come with those cards. Some are practical, some are fun, and all are free.

BizBoost
Whether you’re already in the trenches of starting your own small business or still dreaming up plans, the DPL stocks a comprehensive array of tools to help you succeed. Cleverly dubbed BizBoost, this library program offers free, one-on-one small-business research help and consulting (along with various reference materials, tech support and relevant classes).

Cultural Passes
One of the DPL's most underutilized perqs is free museum access. Waive the sizable entry fees to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science ($17), History Colorado Center ($14) or the MCA ($8) by booking a free pass up to thirty days in advance. Admission is valid for up to two adults plus a few guests (for a total crew of up to seven).

click to enlarge The Corky Gonzales branch of the DPL is a colorful neighborhood spot on West Colfax Avenue. - KELSEY YANDURA
The Corky Gonzales branch of the DPL is a colorful neighborhood spot on West Colfax Avenue.
Kelsey Yandura
Draft Check Meter
Ambitious (or maybe just cost-efficient) Denver residents can do more than just “turn up the heat” as  temperatures plummet: They can check out a “draft check meter” from the DPL’s inventory for up to three weeks. Using an infrared sensor, this device detects cold-air leaks across the surfaces of your home so that you can re-insulate and stay warm.


Genealogy Resources
Curious about your family tree? Genealogy buffs who want to avoid spending monthly fees can use free DPL databases to access such sites as Ancestry.com’s Library Edition, American Ancestors and MyHeritage, among others.

GoPro Camera
Want to record your thrill-seeking adventures without spending $200+ on a professional-grade waterproof camera? Check out a GoPro Hero3 White Edition for up to one week from the DPL, complete with accessories and a carrying case.

Homebound Services
Built to accommodate library devotees who can't make it to a branch, DPL’s Homebound Service matches qualifying customers with volunteers who deliver various library materials (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) straight to their front door.

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Kelsey Yandura is a local freelance and fiction writer whose highest professional aspiration is to one day share a pizza with Neil Gaiman.
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