Library reading room

Visit our research library

The Hart Research Library is open to the public, and free of charge.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We do not require appointments or advance arrangements to visit the library. It is located on the 2nd floor of the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway. Researchers use the main entrance on Broadway. Click here for parking information. When you arrive, please check in at the Concierge Desk in the main lobby of the History Colorado Center. The Concierge will issue a free ticket that will allow you to visit the Hart Research Library without paying museum admission. Hart Research Library tickets do not include admission to museum exhibits.

Researchers fill out a registration form when visiting the Hart Research Library. Please bring photo identification. Depending on your topic, a research visit might last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more. All materials are used in the Janis Falkenberg Reading Room. Staff retrieve requested materials for researchers. Materials cannot be checked out. See below for a list of items allowed and not allowed into the reading room. Please see our list of policies for more information.

The American Historical Association has some great tips for planning your archival research visit. Visit their website to learn more.

What to bring into the reading room:

Loose paper, pencil, laptop computer or tablet, camera, photo identification.
Please turn your cell phone to silent.
Bring a flash drive if you’d like to save scans from microfilm.

What may not be brought into the reading room:

Food and drink, candy, gum, water bottles, scanners, tripods, outerwear, umbrellas, folders, notebooks, binders, handbags, backpacks, briefcases.  

Searching our Catalog

Search our online collection catalogs on the main collections page to find call numbers for materials you would like to see. Look at collection descriptions for possible items of interest. We have photograph indexes available online or in the reading room.

If you plan to use a manuscript collection during your visit, please contact the library to request a collection inventory or finding aid prior to your visit.

In addition to archives and photographs, artifacts are available through our library. Advance notice for certain objects may be required. To see a selection of our artifacts, visit h-co.org/collections.

Library staff is available during open hours to help you find materials of interest. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about our holdings or would like guidance in your research.

Our collection does not include government records, such as birth, death, marriage, probate, police, school, state, territorial, or land records. Our librarians can help you determine where such records are located and how to access them.

Library Services

Complimentary WiFi is available. Computers are also available for catalog and internet access. Complimentary lockers are provided outside the reading room for personal belongings. Items too large for the lockers can be left with the Security Department on the 1st floor.

Research services

Patrons who are unable to visit the library in person may contact our reference librarians at cosearch@state.co.us or 303-866-2305. Research services are priced per hour of research time and includes up to 5 copied or scanned pages of relevant material. Due to staffing constraints, we are only able to devote up to 2 hours of research per request. The first half-hour of research is complimentary. If further research is required, fees may apply.

If we can't find what you're looking for, we will contact you to describe our search and, where possible, suggest alternative resources. If your request will require a more extensive search than we can offer, we will send a list of researchers for hire with whom you can negotiate for a more detailed search.

Copy Services

Visitors may use their own cameras to photograph most collection materials for personal research. We are also able to offer photocopies of many collection materials. Copies are usually ready within 3-5 business days and can be delivered via mail or email. Large orders may take longer to complete. The maximum number of pages is 50. Copy requests that would violate copyright laws or Collections Use Policies will not be accepted. Some items that cannot be copied may be photographed by researchers using their own digital cameras. Please refer to our policies for more details.

Articles from The Colorado Magazine are available free online.

Photo Reproduction & Moving Image Services

To place a photo reproduction order, print or download our photo order inquiry form or contact photos@state.co.us. Fees are charged for both reproduction and use. Possession of reproductions of History Colorado materials does not constitute permission for use. Estimated shipping time is 1-3 weeks from receipt of signed Collections Use Agreement and payment. Please see our fees and our policies for more information.

If you have any questions about our moving image collection, policies, or fees, please contact us at photos@state.co.us or (303) 866-3759.

Microfilm and Reel Duplication

History Colorado collects and preserves historic and current newspapers published in Colorado. Most newspapers are available in 35 mm positive microfilm format. Cost of copies is 25 cents per page. We also have microfilm reader/scanners, which allow PDF scans to be made from microfilm. PDF scans are free of charge. Click here for more information about fees.

To order a duplicate reel, contact a librarian at cosearch@state.co.us for information on titles and dates available for duplication. Delivery time is 5 to 7 weeks. Duplicate reels of History Colorado microfilm are intended for research or library use only. Duplicate reels may not be reproduced, sold, digitized, published, or provided to another repository without written permission from History Colorado.

Member Benefits

History Colorado members enjoy discounts on many library services. Membership is not required to use the Hart Research Library. 

We offer the following special benefits to members of History Colorado:

  • 10% discount on photo reproduction orders
  • 20% discount on copy services and computer and microfilm print-outs
  • 33% discount on research services
  • Discounted tickets to library and collections programs

To claim your member benefits at the library, please present your History Colorado membership card or include your member ID# in your request.

To become a member of History Colorado, click here to join online or contact our membership office at 303-866-3639.

Contact Us

Feel free to email us if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!