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Boulder Public Library

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Address: 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6015
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+1 303-441-3100
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09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 06:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Beautiful area

I love the way you can walk over the Boulder Creek at this library. There is an awesome aquarium inside. It is set in a very calming place.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
F8508JJkaren
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Longmont, Colorado
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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the way you can walk over the Boulder Creek at this library. There is an awesome aquarium inside. It is set in a very calming place.

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Boulder, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Boulder Public Library has very few books. If you want to go there to use a computer or the cafe, I guess it's okay. However, be mindful of the fact that it is a daytime hangout for transients. Also some parents have their children go there after school and wait to be picked up when a parent gets off... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much more than just a library, this is a nice place to see some local art, have a coffee or snack. Good, peaceful work space, lovely grounds.

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I spent a few hours here working. The central library is very nice, with lots of work space, an attractive building and a great location.

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Boulder
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

While this library is a very nice one, we use the other branches more often as one at least is closer to our home with easier parking. However, the Arapahoe main library also has mid-day concerts most weeks and Sunday performances (all free) which we have attended over the years often. It surprises us so few locals come to those... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is such a nice place to have coffee, sit by the creek, go to a meeting... don't forget to update your library card and take out a book. I went to a book sale there, Inactivity forces them to sell material, instead of safekeeping it. The entire extension cost did not cover one additional book. Computers are great, in... More 

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Thank Linda Q
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Terrific public library. Wander in for the changing art exhibits (we've had so much fun with some of the crazy exhibits), hear a speaker at the auditorium, grad a bite at the cafe. Friendly staff, great place.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The library is next to the creek, modern imaginative building. There is an art gallery too. And a cafe with windows overlooking the creek.

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Alto, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stopped at the library to look at the art preview for the open studio tours. The woman at the desk-Cindy-was so super nice and told us about some of the local artists and helped us with the gallery map. Then we went into the library. It's just beautiful. The architecture is really open and airy. Storytime was going in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

For a city of only a little over a hundred thousand people, this was a great library! This library makes excellent use of its location, with the main part of the library (the part that contains the majority of the books) located on one side of the river/large creek that flows through downtown Boulder, while a smaller part of the... More 

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