Salt Lake City Public Library

Salt Lake City Public Library

Library · Central City
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the Main Library's contains 240,000 square feet of meeting space, reading galleries and more.


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    Korey K.
    "spectacular view from the rooftop garden"(4 Tips)
    Phil S.
    "fabulous design by Moshe Safdie"(4 Tips)
    Levi E.
    "Why don't you have a library card?"(4 Tips)
    David A.
    "Childrens library is amazing!"(2 Tips)
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  • childrens library
  • spacious
  • people watching
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  • Chris C.

    Great architectural moment and perfect if distant people-chatter is conducive to your studying. That said—it's a little homeless-heavy.

    Chris Cary · June 29
  • Timothy G.

    Check out the library store for some top notch stationary like Leuchterm 1917 note books, fridge magnets, and games.

    Timothy Gerber · April 19
  • CNN

    Designed by Moshe Safdie, the library opened in 2003. A six-story curving wall hugs a central daylgiht-filled plaza, and a rooftop garden offers sweeping views of the Utah's Salt Lake Valley. Read more

    CNN · April 13
  • Mohamed O.

    Rarest of books

    Mohamed Otaibi · March 26
  • Peta S.

    What a beautifully constructed library.And they offer day passes for printing, copying, scanning, faxing and computer use at a nominal fee. CASH ONLY!!!

    Peta S. · March 16
  • Levi E.

    Why don't you have a library card? Did you know, that in addition to books, you may also checkout movies, music and art? They even have a wide selection to download.

    Levi Elder · October 29, 2014
  • C-SPAN

    Opened in Feb. 2003. Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. 240,000 square feet of space and over 500,000 books. Check out this C-SPAN video for more info. Read more

    C-SPAN · June 9, 2014
  • Nina Z.

    Beautiful building but I found the library staff at the information counter rude and unhelpful. In addition if you live outside of salt Lake County the fee for a library card is $80

    Nina Zakharenko · June 6, 2014
  • Gabe J.

    Super cool library. However, it has literally the creepiest, most disgusting bathrooms I've ever encountered in my life. I've been to a rest stop in Wyoming with cleaner bathrooms.

    Gabe Jensen · February 15, 2014
  • B G.

    Always a great time here

    B Gutierrez · July 31, 2013
  • Emily N.

    The new "lucky 7" feature is frickin fantastic! You can check out the latest best sellers for a week. No more waiting months for a hold!

    Emily Newsome · December 28, 2012
  • Francois C.

    Hide in the attic, in the basement.

    Francois Coquemont · November 18, 2012
  • Stephen B.

    Awesome library. Hobos have seriously infested this place though. Bathrooms, computers, and I think one lives in the phone booth.

    Stephen Bowzer · November 15, 2012
  • Chanse F.

    Nice place. If you don't mind B.O. And cigarette smoke

    Chanse Frenette · November 2, 2012
  • Jessica S.

    Grab a coffee from first floor and head to to the rooftop to read. If you have the kids with you, enjoy the Childrens library. Great people watching, and yes some are homeless.

    Jessica S. · August 2, 2012
  • Gad P.

    Dollar books- carts and carts of them.

    Gad Perez · June 20, 2012
  • Jared L.

    Party on the roof

    Jared L · June 3, 2012
  • Foundation Center

    Looking for grant and fundraising information? Access Foundation Center resources, including Foundation Directory Online Professional, for FREE at this location!

    Foundation Center · May 22, 2012
  • Scotty P.

    The art downstairs with poetry is beautiful

    Scotty Phillips · March 30, 2012
  • Taylor S.

    So many old creepy men.

    Taylor Smith · March 27, 2012
  • Shawnee' M.

    The views from the rooftop are the best in the city. Bring a camera.

    Shawnee' Martin · March 10, 2012
  • Trista B.

    My favorite place to study!

    Trista Backman · February 2, 2012
  • Geoff W.

    Architectural design by renown Moshe Safdie

    Geoff Whitehead · December 26, 2011
  • Gustavo B.

    I love this place. The librarians are so friendly and helpful.

    Gustavo Bruno · November 8, 2011
  • Steven P.

    This place is huge!

    Steven Pope · October 26, 2011
  • Jesse C.

    Architecture rocks. Upper floors are rad. Grab a coffee and enjoy at least an hour here.

    Jesse Crawford · October 20, 2011
  • haveAwonderful...

    Is there anything better than a sexy geek?! I say "No!" If you agree then, the SLCPL is the best place to go and find one. On any given day, you're going to see some eye candy. Best Days: Sat & Sun

    haveAwonderful... · September 30, 2011
  • Zach Z.

    Here's my tip: the fourth floor balcony (It's across from the library proper, you go to the fourth floor and cross a sky bridge, but it's inside the building) is a great place to read. It's very quiet

    Zach Zundel · August 18, 2011
  • Korey K.

    Take the elevator to the 5th floor and enjoy the spectacular view from the rooftop garden

    Korey Klein · August 16, 2011
  • Rob D Young

    There's a garden on the top. Check it out.

    Rob D Young · August 3, 2011
  • Taylor C.

    Also known as Salt Lake City Gathering of the Juggalos

    Taylor C · July 21, 2011
  • Kyle Cameron S.

    take a book up to the rooftop garden Read more

    Kyle Cameron Studstill · July 18, 2011
  • Phil S.

    Another fabulous design by Moshe Safdie who also designed the Jepson Center in Savannah

    Phil Sellers · July 12, 2011
  • Adam A.

    Come take a look at this amazing building. Visit the roof garden if it's open.

    Adam Auden · May 29, 2011

    The more you read, the tastier your brain becomes. · May 19, 2011
  • Suzanne B.

    Salt Lake Roasting Company Coffee on 1st floor by magazines....YUM!

    Suzanne Burkhalter · March 30, 2011
  • David A.

    Childrens library is amazing! Little furniture and a fun little reading nook.

    David Allen · January 20, 2011
  • Zach F.

    You dont need to have a library card if all you want to do is forget your meds and shout at random passersby while reeking of urine and BO.

    Zach F · October 28, 2010
  • cliff l.

    Gorgeous architecture and well-planned mixed use reminiscent of the Milan Galleria and Piazza Il Duomo where people go to be seen and people watch. Surrounded by green open space. Read more

    cliff lyon · June 2, 2010
  • Misty M.

    Free lecture and movie series are always fantastic. Read more

    Misty McIntyre · May 26, 2010
  • Jennifer A.

    Anne Frank display is great!

    Jennifer Armitstead · May 6, 2010
  • Kimo W.

    One of the best libraries in the states. Interesting architecture, plenty of great spots to read, work, and converse.

    Kimo Watanabe · April 21, 2010
  • Danny W.

    Look out for the Juggalos that are always hanging out front being getto.

    Danny Woodhead · April 17, 2010
  • Strider G.

    Stay off of the 2nd level. That is the young adult section and it is a little weird.

    Strider Golden · April 14, 2010
  • Shelbey P.

    Definitely one of my favorite buildings in the city. A must-see!

    Shelbey Peterson · March 17, 2010
  • jamie s.

    best library ever- enjoy bright open spaces with lots of nooks to be productive. courtyard is gorgeous for spring picnics! Read more

    jamie schultz · February 22, 2010
  • Diane

    Don't miss the rooftop garden- great views of the mountains, the City and County Building, and a geocache!

    Diane · February 18, 2010
  • David

    I know, a library right? Well this one is AMAZING and deserves a visit. Perhaps the "sexiest" building in SLC or anywhere for that matter. Big bonus: Buy a coffee and something to nosh on from Salt La Read more

    David · October 24, 2009
  • Taylor C.

    Get a library card

    Taylor C · October 15, 2009

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