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

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click to enlarge IdeaLABS encourage all ages to explore various mediums, from tech to tools. - KELSEY YANDURA
IdeaLABS encourage all ages to explore various mediums, from tech to tools.
Kelsey Yandura
The ideaLAB
Outfitted like a high-tech makerspace, DPL’s ideaLABs are community hubs for creativity and innovation. Located at Montbello, Corky Gonzales, Hampden, Hadley and Central branch libraries, these spaces boast everything from 3-D printers to recording studios, Adobe software, video production resources, tools and more.

Language-Learning Software
You don't need to shell out cash to brush up on your language skills. Offering free online access to Mango Languages (an intuitive language-acquisition software), DPL cardholders have the opportunity to learn languages ranging from Spanish and French to Japanese, Portuguese, German, Mandarin, Greek, Italian, Russian, English and more.

Whether your laptop crashed after you spilled that cup of chai on it or you just need to get online for a few hours, every Denver Public Library location is equipped with multiple Chromebooks, available for in-library use for up to four hours. Connect to the free wi-fi and do your thing.

click to enlarge Reading nooks abound within DPL's various locations. - KELSEY YANDURA
Reading nooks abound within DPL's various locations.
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Patent Assistance
Sitting on your next great idea? The DPL is an official designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center...meaning it provides access to publications and databases that can help with your preliminary patent and trademark search. Book a one-on-one appointment to learn patent basics, search strategies and more.

Personalized Reading List
Don't limit your reading selection to the bestseller list. Fill out this online form and the Denver Public Library will do its best to find your perfect literary match. After reviewing your answers (the process takes about a week), the library will send you a personalized list of recommendations.

Power Check Meter
As part of a partnership with Xcel Energy, the DPL offers power check meters, budget-saving genies that let you know which appliances are draining your electric bill. Learn when and what to unplug with this nifty little device (checkout period up to three weeks).

click to enlarge From DVDs to audiobooks, the shelves of DPL branches offer plenty of options. - KELSEY YANDURA
From DVDs to audiobooks, the shelves of DPL branches offer plenty of options.
Kelsey Yandura
Seed Exchange Library
Dig this, urban gardeners: Since 2014, the Ross-Broadway Library has hosted an ongoing seed exchange program, allowing you to both save money and diversify your green spaces. The exchange’s goal is to provide a cost-effective, communal experience within (and beyond) library doors. Pick up vegetable, herb and flower seeds at the front desk.

State Park Passes
Thanks to a partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the DPL has added “adventure” to its list of offerings. Families and individuals can check out free weeklong passes (good for admitting a car full of people) to any of Colorado’s 42 state parks. As a bonus, these passes come with an “adventure backpack” to help you take full advantage of the experience, with binoculars, maps and guides for identifying different plants and animals.

Video Projector
Whether you’re hosting a backyard movie night or giving a business presentation, the DPL offers free video projector rentals to all library cardholders. Equipped with a power cord and VGA cable (plus a handy carrying case), these Dell machines are available for up to a week.

Any Colorado resident or student attending a Colorado college or university may obtain a free Denver Public Library card. Read the fine print.
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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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