The Auraria Library resumed limited in-person services. For additional information and updates, please visit the Safe Return Plan and Library Hours pages.

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Auraria Library 12.18.2020

AL Safe Return Plan

The Auraria Library is initiating a phased reopening plan to provide additional resources, while prioritizing the health and well-being of our library employees and users. Library leaders will continuously assess safety during each phase and will announce the next phase once certain conditions are met. Phases are subject to change based on Auraria Campus policies and the evolving impacts of COVID-19.

Phase II: Aug 17, 2020 – Present

Physical Services

  • Winter Break: The library building, Grab-to-Go, and Library Cafe will be closed from Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021.
  • The library book drop will be open 24/7, starting Dec. 21, 2020.
  • The library’s physical services will return to normal hours starting Jan. 18, 2021.

Virtual Services

  • Winter Break: AskUs chat and research consultations services will be closed on Dec. 24, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021.
  • Much of the library’s scholarly research materials such as eBooks, articles, and streaming videos are available online, 24/7, via the “Start My Research” search feature.
  • The library’s virtual services will return to normal hours starting Jan. 4, 2021.

Additional phases and information forthcoming.


How can I access online resources? 

All students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus can access resources such as eBooks, articles, and streaming videos online using their institutional login credentials. For help accessing library resources, please visit our Off-Campus Access & Help page. If you encounter a problem using online Library materials submit a Report a Problem form.  

We also offer these helpful resources, among many others: 

Can I use the Innovation Garage and Digital Media Studio? 

Our creative technology team is standing by via email to provide basic media support, limited to navigating software interfaces. The team strives to provide the best available assistance with questions about PowerPoint, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Illustrator, and After Effects software.  

Please direct questions to The creative technology team will respond in less than 48 hours. 

Are high school groups still able to visit? 

Auraria Library has been happy to partner with high school groups in the past. Due to the spread of COVID-19, however, we are limiting access to our facility to the students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus. Additionally, we cannot provide off-campus access to our online resources to users not affiliated with the campus. We recommend that IB Program Coordinators or other high school teachers and librarians reach out to Denver Public Library to learn more about their collections of resources that are available electronically. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope we can welcome you back to our library once it is safe to do so. 

How can I stay updated? 

As the Auraria Library moves through the different phases of this reopening plan and prioritizes safety, information will be updated in this article and shared on our social media: @AurariaLibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

Users can also check the All Hours section and real-time status of the library on our website. 

Please refer to your respective institution’s COVID-19 webpage for more info about their safe return to campus plans: 

Ask Us Chat

Use this chat box to ask a librarian for research help. We’re available 24/7! (Holidays excluded.)


Text us your questions to 720-438-4446. We’ll answer from 9 am to 6 pm during the week and reply to after hours questions the next morning. (Your provider rates will apply.)


  • What Help is Available?
    Please visit our Safe Return page for the latest updates about what services are currently available.

  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library and provides in-person help by answering questions about the Library, Campus, or three Institutions. This service also loans anatomical items, technology items (such as phone charges and calculators), plus course reserves, or textbooks, for some classes. Please visit the Safe Return page for information about when this service will be available.

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment. We can help you out via Zoom or over the phone. Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use our 24/7 chat service.


For general library information, as well as for questions about borrowing, renewing, or returning library materials, call 303-315-7763.

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