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Denver Public Library locations closed Wednesday due to 'unspecified threat'

Denver Motor Vehicle offices also closing early
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Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-21 23:58:52-04

DENVER — All Denver Public Library locations are closed Wednesday due to what the library called an “unspecified threat” that was received overnight.

The library said the closure of all Denver Public Library locations was out of “an abundance of caution” and did not elaborate on what the threat was. The closure includes bookmobile locations.

“The library is working with local law enforcement to determine when it is safe for our staff and the public to reopen,” the library said in a brief news release.

The Denver Police Department said at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday it continues to investigate the threat but the preliminary investigation found the message was sent from outside of the state.

"A number of similar threats have been sent to libraries in other states," the department said. "As a precaution, Denver Police will conduct extra patrols around Denver Public Library locations."

Wednesday evening, Denver Public Library announced all locations will open on their normal schedules Thursday.

People who need to use library resources can click here to access most of them. The library is advising people to check its website for updates.

Additionally, the city of Denver said all Denver Motor Vehicle locations would be closing early but did not say why. The city said any customers arriving by noon would be served.

Several schools across Colorado and the metro area received threats and went through “swatting” incidents earlier this week, though most were unfounded.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.