Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library

Library Built in 1997, the Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library, designed to look like a small town depot, contains one of the most comprehensive railroad reference libraries in the United States. From timetables to employee records, photographs to engineering documents, maps to books, it offers a wealth of information on railroads. The Library’s collection focuses on railroads in the Rocky Mountain region and American West, but in some cases the collection’s scope is national or even international. The Library is open to visitors of the Museum; patrons are also welcome to write, call, or email the Library with questions or for further information on our holdings.

Please note that our reference services will not be available from Aug. 25 through Oct. 17, 2014, to allow staff to address some outstanding issues with cataloging and recall. We apologize for the inconvenience, but believe that this step is necessary to make our facility easier to use in the long term. The main Museum grounds will maintain regular hours. For your research needs during our closure, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available through our outside resources page, and at other area institutions, such as Denver Public Library and History Colorado, both of which have significant collections dealing with Colorado’s railroad heritage.

We thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you again in October.

Library Hours
Tuesday – *Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For appointments and inquiries please call: 303-279-4591

*Please note that the Library does not open until 12:30p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, due to meetings held in the Library.

*Upcoming schedule irregularities:
-Board meeting on Saturday, Aug. 16: Library opens at 12:30p.m.
-The Library will be closed Aug. 25-Oct. 17 for work on our backlog and standardization, to promote recall of materials. We apologize for the inconvenience!