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The Western History & Genealogy Department at the Central Library

  • The Western History/Genealogy department is located on the Level 5 of the Central Library

    Mon - Tue: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Wed - Fri: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Phone: 720-865-1821, email: history@denverlibrary.org
  • The Central Library is easily accessible via bus or the free Mallride or Metroride from downtown. Visit RTD for bus information.
  • Parking at the Central Library
  • Interior map of the Western History/Genealogy Department
  • Hotels available within walking distance or further out accessible by bus or lightrail
  • Due to the urban nature of the downtown area, food, lodging, and entertainment are very easy to locate
  • For free brochures, guides, maps and visitor information, contact the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau or call: 1-800-2DENVER

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

  • The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is located at 2401 Welton Street in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown Denver. The Reading Room is located on the second level.

    Library Hours
    Mon: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Tue: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Wed: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thu: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sun: Closed

    Research Room Hours
    Mon: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tues: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Wed: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Thu: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fri: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sun: Closed

  • The Library has free parking. The entrance is on 24th and Welton.
  • For lodging, check out Citysearch Denver or Hotel Hotline - Denver. You can walk to the library from downtown hotels. In addition, a light rail train stops one block from the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Visit RTD for more information.
  • A self-guided walking tour leads to a series of historic markers within the Welton Street Cultural District. The illustrated signs tell stories about the people, places and ideas that helped shape African-American culture and history in Denver. 
  • Due to the urban nature of the downtown area, food, lodging, and entertainment are very easy to locate. MapQuest will plot hotels/restaurants on a map for you.
  • For free brochures, guides, maps and visitor information, contact the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureauor call: 1-800-2DENVER