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.

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 regular eight-week Early Literacy Experience classes for kids 0-36 months old; elementary school book clubs and writing workshops; 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.

Art Display

This month James H. LaRue Library is featuring photographs from the Highlands Ranch Photography Club

Seven members of the Highlands Ranch Photography Club will be displaying over 40 photographs from abstract to landscape and more.

The image to the left is "Vintage Auto Abstract" taken by photographer Joe Bonita.

Visit the Highlands Ranch Photography Club website more information about the group.

Visit the library to enjoy this display throughout March.

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


Calendar View



  • When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Combo Shea A & B

    Kick-start your creativity using straws and recycled plastic pieces. You will be able to build and create whatever your imagination will allow using Stretch-a-Straws™: build a tower, construct a flower or create a one of a kind masterpiece.
  • When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Lively informal conversation on everyday topics. For all levels of English learners. Meets upstairs in the reading lounge.

  • When: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Combo Shea A & B

    Award-winning author Thomas McGuane will talk about his new book Crow Fair: Stories. He is known for his novels Driving on the Rim, Gallatin Canyon and for his screenwriting credits like Tom Horn and Missouri Breaks. Book signing will follow his presentation
  • When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Combo Shea A & B

    Join us to explore five critical areas that will ensure your child has the best Journey to Kindergarten. Bring your child(ren) for a storytime while the adults listen to community experts discuss Literacy & Language; Social Skills & Relationships; Math & Science; Approaches to Learning; and Health & Wellness. After the panel discussion and storytime, everyone is encouraged to engage in activities that will help develop the whole child.
  • When: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea A

    Calling all budding artists! Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.