Salt Lake City Public Library and Salt Lake County Library + Family History Library Tour ($)
Meet at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center hotel lobby. The bus boards at 7:45 am.
Tour four unique libraries in Salt Lake City. Lunch will be served at Main Library. Limited to 50.
Stop 1: Kearns Branch Library Salt Lake County Library
The new, energy-efficient, 35,000-square-foot facility designed by architectural firm ArchNexus and design firm, Margaret Sullivan Studio, replaces the former 11,000 square-foot branch and includes thousands of books, multiple meeting spaces, computer access, and laptop connection zones, an auditorium, a kitchen for culinary arts, a gaming area, study rooms, a children’s play area, multiple murals depicting life in Kearns, and a Create Space with a sewing machine, bike repair area, tools, sublimated printer, and a music, podcast and video recording studio. Kearns Library is located in the Kearns suburb of Salt Lake City and serves a diverse community of 37,000 in the greater metropolitan area of Salt Lake County. Presenters: Margaret Sullivan, Margaret Sullivan Studio and Trish Hull, Kearns Branch Manager and library staff
Stop 2: Sprague Branch Library, Salt Lake City Public Library
The Sprague Branch’s high-gabled English Tudor style building has served the Sugar House community in Salt Lake City for three generations. The building was selected by the American Library Association in 1935 as the “Most Beautiful Branch Library in America.” The two-level facility was opened in 1928 and has been renovated several times as use continues to increase. An expansion project to add a new public meeting room and remodel the building was completed in April 2001, which increased the square footage to 13,058. Following the aftermath of a flood in 2017, the building was later closed in 2019 and a $4.5 million renovation of the existing footprint was completed by May 2021. Architectural firm, ArchNexus and design firm,Margaret Sullivan Studio, used this opportunity to reimagine the branch. The remodel maintains Sprague’s historic charm while meeting the modern needs of the community. Inside, patrons will find a bright, colorful, and welcoming space, with updates that complement the building’s vintage style. Presenters: Margaret Sullivan, MSS and Heather Hart, Sprague Branch Manager
Stop 3: Main Library, Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake City’s Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses approximately 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers–it acts as a community gathering space for the residents of Salt Lake City and surrounding communities. It reflects and engages the city’s imagination and aspirations. A six-story curving, walkable wall embraces the public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium. A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. The Rooftop Terrace offers a 360-degree view of the Salt Lake Valley. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views. Presenters: Deborah Ehrman, Interim Executive Director and Daniel Neville-Rehbehn, Assistant Director Customer Experience and library staff
Stop 4: Family History Library (FamilySearch.org), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The renovated Family History Library which attracts about 400,000 visitors a year opened in July 2021. It had not gone through a major renovation since 2002. The new changes were primarily designed to make the library’s services more accessible including consistency on the floors, updated lighting, and updated technology to ensure a more welcoming environment. The renovated library significantly improves discovery and research experiences. The Family History Library also shares knowledge and support virtually, making more and more books available online through the FamilySearch Digital Library. Several public libraries, as well as, special and academic libraries partner with Family Search. Partner libraries have shared parts of their collections with FamilySearch and work to work together scanning books and other media to be searched online. Staff will showcase their collections, technology, and assist attendees in genealogy research. Presenters: Lynn Turner, Director FamilySearch Family History Library and library staff
- $159 Core Member
- $189 ALA Member
- $209 Non-Member
- $99 Student/Retired/Seeking Employment