Planning a Visit to the Carnegie Library for Local History

Hours and Parking

See the location page.  Please note, on street parking is limited.  Nearby options include a public lot at 11th & Spruce and the Spruce Parking Garage at 15th & Spruce.

Class or Group Visits

At least two weeks in advance of the date you would like to visit, please fill out and submit the class visit form. Staff will contact you to confirm availability. Drop-in class or group visits cannot be accommodated due to space limitations of the facility.

Basic Research Services/ Appointments

Carnegie Library is temporarily closed for walk-in visits.  To submit a basic research request, or to enquire about additional service options, please contact us at A[email protected] 

To make an appointment:

  • Search the Catalog and make a list of materials or topics you would like to research.
  • Schedule an appointment online.
  • Read the Carnegie Library for Local History terms of use.
  • Note that patrons are encouraged to wear a face mask while in the library building.

Carnegie Library for Local History Terms of Use

In addition to the Boulder Public Library Rules of Conduct, please comply with the following terms of use while visiting the Carnegie Library:

  • Keep voices and conversation low to not distract other researchers in the room.
  • Take cell phone calls outside the building.
  • Food or drink are not permitted inside. Please leave food/drink in the entryway.
  • Materials may not be borrowed or checked out.
  • Large bags, backpacks or briefcases are not allowed in the stacks. Please place them on a chair or on the floor next to you.
  • Children under the age of ten must always be supervised by an adult.
  • If the weather is inclement, please place any wet coats or other belongings on the coat rack.

 Guidelines for Handling the Collections

Please observe the following guidelines when using materials:

  • Use nitrile gloves provided. Gloves are required for use for photographic collections and non-encapsulated architectural drawings.
  • Do not apply hand lotion or cream prior to handling archival materials.
  • After eating, wash and thoroughly dry hands before working with archival materials.
  • Archival materials must be viewed flat on the tables available in the research area. Avoid allowing material to hang over the table.
  • Always handle archival materials with both hands, carefully and deliberately.
  • Only one archival record should be handled at a time.
  • Never flip archival materials like magazine or newspaper pages.
  • Only pencils or computers may be used to take personal notes. Any implement that might leave a permanent mark on archival materials is not permitted.
  • Avoid placing your note-taking pad on top or leaning directly on archival materials.
  • Do not write on archival materials. Tracing maps or other materials, using “post-it” or other self-sticking notes, staples or paper clips on archival materials is not permitted.
  • Avoid forcing bound volumes open to lie flat, especially on the photocopier.
  • Some photograph collections have restrictions. Ask staff before photographing photographs.


Terms of Use approved by the Library Commission on September 5, 2018.