Beginning April 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library are closed. The archives and book collection on 2nd floor are in the process of being moved to Central Library where they will be available via the Special Collections Reading Room on 1st floor starting May 1.

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The Western History and Genealogy Department at the Central Library

The Western History and Genealogy department is located on the Level 5 of the Central Library. This department will remain closed for most public operations during bond renovations.

  • 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 and 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 Archive & Research Room is located on the second level.

Library Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Research Room Hours

Mon: Closed
Tues: *Appointment Only
Wed: *Appointment Only
Thursday - Saturday: 12 - 4 p.m.
Sun: Closed

*Please call 720-865-2401 or email askblaircaldwell@denverlibrary.org to schedule a research appointment.

  • 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