Accessing the Collections
The library is open to researchers in all fields related to railroad history. The Library is a closed stacks reference facility. As such, browsing is extremely limited, and materials are not available for circulation/check-out.
Using the Reading Room
Historic materials are, of course, fragile, and thus require special care. Researchers can help us promote the preservation of our collections by abiding by the rules and regulations put forth in the three documents below:
Library Use Agreement (PDF)
Copying Policy (PDF)
Camera Use Guidelines & Agreement (PDF)
It is strongly recommended that you contact us ahead of your visit. Many of our resources are not stored in the library itself, so not all resources are immediately available for drop-in patrons. We are better able to meet your research needs if you can give us advance notice of your topic and your planned visit.
Even if you are not able to visit the collections in person, our volunteers and staff can perform research on your behalf and contact you with the results. Simple questions can be answered for free; extensive research questions taking more than a half-hour of volunteer or staff research time is subject to our fee schedule ($40 per hour). Copies or scans of information found may be sent, when the condition and use permissions of the original permits. All copies are subject to the rules outlined in the Library Use Agreement.
Complete Library Fee Schedule (July 2014, PDF)
Please see the fee schedule for information about using Richardson Library materials in publications, exhibits, websites, and other public uses. These fees are subject to change, without notice, as our costs increase, but we will do our best to keep this information current, for our patrons’ convenience.
Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave.
Golden, CO 80403
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.