All library locations will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

Highlands Ranch

Douglas County Libraries - James H. LaRue, Highlands Ranch


  • Mon - Thurs: 9 - 9
  • Fri - Sat: 9 - 5
  • Sun: 12 - 5

Named in 2013 for longtime library director Jamie LaRue, Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch is located within the Highlands Ranch Town Center, the community’s central retail and service hub. The library features a comfortable and welcoming children’s area, with an extensive collection for both kids and parents. James H. LaRue also houses Douglas County Libraries’ most in-depth business collection, with expert on-site reference service.

Our children’s area is home to The Market, an interactive, museum-quality farm-to-table play market and kitchen, complete with shopping carts, aprons and cooking utensils.

Public meeting spaces include two large rooms on the first floor and four smaller study rooms upstairs, plus a well-appointed quiet reading room with beautiful mountain views. A wide, sunny deck provides outdoor study and meeting space, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the library.

EVENTS at James H. LaRue - Highlands Ranch

Early literacy education is front and center here, where dedicated staff hold more than two dozen Storytimes each week, including two weekly Sensory-Enhanced Storytimes for kids of all ages on the autism spectrum. Storytimes are complemented by elementary school book clubs and writing workshops, our annual Summer Reading Program, and weekly drop-in Kids’ Zone programs that keep kids engaged in learning and literacy all year long. James H. LaRue also hosts popular author programs for adults several times each year, with presentations and book signings in the spacious upstairs study area.


Artwork by DCL Staff

This month's art display is a collaborative body of work from Douglas County Libraries staff around the library district. We have many talented artists who work across a broad range of mediums. We're proud to display a sampling of their talents and our only regret is that we can't show them all off at once. Stop by and take a look!

June's display will be a collection of pieces from the family members of DCL staff.


  • 303.791.7323
  • Street:
    9292 Ridgeline Blvd.
    Highlands Ranch
    Postal Code:
    United States
  • Manager:
    Tammy Clausen


Calendar View



  • When: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea A

    All-ages drop-in to explore celestial objects and the instruments and tech used to explore our solar system and beyond.
  • When: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea A

    This is the longest running civic education program in the U.S. devoted to foreign affairs. Participants will read selections and discuss those topics. This class has 9 sessions.
  • When: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Kids grades 2nd-6th, come play games!
  • When: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Meets the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in the Upstairs Reading Lounge. No registration necessary. Everyone is welcome.
  • When: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Great Books are forums for thoughtful adults to read and discuss significant works of fiction, philosophy, political science, poetry, and drama.