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About Us

Aurora's first library 
Aurora's first library
Aurora Public Library History

In 1925, as the town of Aurora grew, an energetic and innovative group, the Aurora Women's Club, was organized. For four years, the club focused its determined efforts on establishing a public library in Aurora, holding card parties, teas and bake sales, selling stationery, and giving plays. With $171 in hand, they opened a library at 1516 Dallas St. on Feb. 10, 1929. It was dedicated the following October, with the City Council unanimously accepting the library, with all books and equipment. (Photo: Courtesy of the Aurora History Museum)

Today, six library branches, two computer centers in recreation centers provided in collaboration with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space department and one Smart Locker serve Aurora's more than 330,000 residents, providing access not only to hard-copy books and periodicals, but the Internet, online databases, job resources, homework assistance, DVDs, CDs, plus online books and media.

Library Board
The Library Board is a chartered board of seven appointed members empowered to advise the City Council, the City Manager, and the Director of Library & Cultural Services on matters relating to the Aurora Public Library, including the administration of gifts and trusts.

2016 through 2020
The Five Year Strategic Plan was compiled from many sources that help maintain and improve the delivery of quality resources, services and facilities. It includes the library's mission, values, strategic plans, goals and challenges. 


Friends of the Aurora Public Library


Friends of the Aurora Public Library & Book Outlet 
The Friends of the Aurora Public Library is a non-profit organization committed to supporting services and programs of the Aurora Public Library. The Friends raise funds by staffing and operating the Book Outlet, which sells used books with proceeds directly benefiting the library.

Join the Friends of the Aurora Public Library here!

 The Book Outlet Used Book Store- 2243 S. Peoria St. (Next to Iliff Square Library)

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Book Outlet is a used bookstore managed by volunteers with the Friends of the Aurora Public Library. Our Friends sell gently-used books, from both Aurora Public Library and donations, and all proceeds go back to the library to support programming, such as our annual Summer Reading Program and the wide variety of programs offered year-around at all of our locations. Our Friends donate around $50,000 each year to the library. Friends also accepts donations of gently used books and media. For information about donating, click here.  
For more information about the Book Outlet, call 720.747.7977.
The Book Outlet

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