“A library outranks any other one thing a community 
can do to benefit its people.”
~Andrew Carnegie

The conference brought together 151 leaders and decision-makers from both the public library and STEM education communities. This conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado on August 19th-22nd. 

Public libraries are undergoing a profound transformation as they continue to re-define their role as a valued, knowledge-based community resource. At the same time, STEM organizations (e.g., science museums, STEM professional associations, universities/colleges, research institutions, state and federal agencies) seek to more effectively reach groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields – such as underrepresented minorities, lower-income populations, and women. Together, public libraries and STEM organizations have the potential to dramatically increase the availability of STEM learning opportunities in communities of all sizes.

The Public Libraries & STEM conference will help to establish an important foundation for the transformational changes that are taking place in public libraries and their communities.


Elite Level
        Morgridge Family                 Foundation   
Gold Level
        Denver Museum of                Nature and Science
Silver Level
        Condit Exhibits
        KEVA Planks
        Denver Public Library
Bronze Level
        National Renewable            Energy Laboratory