Beginning Monday, March 15, The City Library’s buildings will reopen to the public for Express Services. This will include 60-minute computer sessions, access to fax/copy machines, holds pickup, item return, and reference assistance. Every open location will have designated browsing areas. At the Main Library, Passport Services will also be available.
Seven of the eight City Library locations will be reopening: the Main Library (downtown), along with
the Anderson-Foothill, Chapman, Day-Riverside, Glendale, Marmalade, and Sweet branches. Hours
will be Monday–Thursday, 11am–7pm, and Friday–Saturday, 11am–6pm. Additionally, the Main Library will be open Sundays from Noon–6pm. Curbside services will continue with these same hours. Sprague Firehouse Express will be continuing solely with curbside pickup. Barring another spike in case counts, the newly renovated Sprague Branch will be open for tours and Express Services in May.
Public areas and materials will be thoroughly sanitized. Social distancing protocols will be enforced. Properly worn facemasks, covering the mouth and nose, will be required at all times when inside the Library. Lounge-seating has been removed. More information is available at slcpl.org/express-services.
With Utah’s COVID-19 infection rates declining, and vaccination numbers increasing, Library staff
are cautiously optimistic that a full reopening is on the horizon. While there is currently no time-frame for this, Library staff are closely monitoring the state’s COVID-19 data to determine when the Library can move into the next phase of reopening.
Though the buildings have been closed to the public, The City Library has continued to offer adapted services throughout the pandemic. Patrons have been able to check out books and other
items through Holds To-Go curbside pickup, Librarians can make personalized recommendations
through Browsing To-Go, and dozens of virtual programs and events have been offered online.
Over 50,000 curbside appointments have been made since June, 2020. To learn more about the
Library’s adapted services, patrons can visit slcpl.org/hereforyou. The City Library consists of a Main Library and seven branch libraries with a staff of over 300 smart, compassionate, and dedicated people who are deeply committed to supporting and advancing the success of every customer they serve and making lives better for residents of Salt Lake City. The City Library serves an engaged community where 80% of citizens hold library cards with a cardholder base of over 161,000. The Library plans and hosts roughly 4,600 events annually. The Main Library attracts visitors from around the world to take in the stunning architecture, attend cultural festivals, and enjoy the 360-degree view of the city from its Rooftop Garden.