The Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library is officially open at West Colfax Avenue and Irving Street.

The two-story, 27,000-square-foot library is the last of three new libraries built with 2007 voter-approved “Better Denver Bond” funds. Strategically placed between two light-rail stops, the new facility, which opened on February 28, serves West Denver neighborhoods that have lacked a nearby Denver Public Library branch. In fact, until now, the closest thing West Colfax residents had to a public library was the Little Free Library (a converted mailbox with about a dozen books).

Grand in scale, design and purpose, the Gonzales Branch Library is designed to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood and celebrate the spirit of West Denver. It also will serve as a community space that will bring residents and visitors together through a music and media lab, computing area, meeting rooms, Storytime tower, Community Learning Plaza, study rooms, and collaborative areas. For a list of upcoming classes and events, click here.

The library is named for Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, a Denver native and nationally recognized leader in the civil rights movement who advocated for the education, economic and political equality of the Latino Community in Denver.

Studiotrope Design Collective designed the library to support the community’s vision of the library as an incubator for growth. The building facade is highlighted by a series of brightly colored horizontal “threads,” each symbolizing the unique members of the community.

As part of the city’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the building was required to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification by incorporating energy efficient and environmentally sustainable features into the buildings design, operations and overall construction process. Local building materials, materials with recycled content and other sustainable features were incorporated into the project.

For more information about the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, click here.