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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.