Auraria Library

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Auraria Library
Auraria Library
Country United States
Type Academic
Established 1976
Location Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°44′36″N 105°00′10″W / 39.7434°N 105.0029°W / 39.7434; -105.0029
Items collected All formats
Size About 790,000 print and electronic books; about 87,000 electronic journal subscriptions
Access and use
Population served The library serves the 45,000 students on the Auraria Campus.
Other information
Director Mary Somerville
Staff 66

Auraria Library is an academic library located in downtown Denver, Colorado. It provides academic resources and research experiences to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), and the Community College of Denver (CCD) on the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) campus, also called the Auraria Campus. The Library is administratively operated by CU Denver and occupies a building owned by the State of Colorado.

The Auraria Library fulfills its tri-institutional mission through building collections, delivering services, providing technology, and offering spaces for academic resource discovery, evaluation, interpretation, and usage. The unique shared services model of this mutual facility offer considerable efficiencies to State of Colorado taxpayers.

More than 25,000 student users enter the gates each week during the academic year – for a gate count approaching one million visitors annually. The Auraria Library website receives upwards of 23,000 unique visitors monthly when classes are in session.[1]

About one in five students in college in Colorado attend classes on the Auraria Campus.[2] The combined tri-institutional census for fall 2012 reports 45,062 students attending the three institutions. The three institutions have combined populations of 15,903 minority students from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, which represents thirty-five percent of the total student population. Seventy-six percent of the graduates remain in the Denver Metropolitan area, contributing to its economic and civic vitality.

The Library Building[edit]

The building was designed by internationally recognized architect Helmut Jahn. Its design excellence was recognized by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1978.[3] In 2009, it earned the Denver AIA 25-year Award, which recognizes the enduring quality of architectural design that has withstood the “test of time” and still functions in its original capacity.[4]


The Auraria Library houses approximately 650,000 print books and provides access to 206,000 ebooks, 87,000 ejournals, and 280 million electronic resource records through its Summon Discovery service. The Library maintains 580 journal and newspaper subscriptions and 822 database subscriptions; which are accessible to current students from its website. The library also has a sizable film and videotape collection which contains over 22,000 titles.[5]

Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[edit]

The Library operates the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library, an organization that "advances understanding of Rocky Mountain history"[6] Through its website, the Center makes available many historical images, videos, articles, book reviews, and resource guides.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Auraria Library. About Auraria Library. Viewed 2 November 2012.
  2. ^ Auraria Higher Education Center. The Auraria Campus. Viewed 2 November 2012.
  3. ^ Murphy/Jahn: Six works. Mulgrave, Vic.: Images Pub. Group, c2001. p. 249.
  4. ^ AIA Regional Awards Roundup, viewed 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ Auraria Library. About Auraria Library. Viewed 2 November 2012.
  6. ^ Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library. About us. Viewed October 29, 2012

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