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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.

    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

  • 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