Libraries are magical places, and luckily Utah has hundreds of them – each with its own charm. However, my vote for the best library in Utah is for the Salt Lake City’s Main Branch, located at 210 East 400 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Here’s why:
The Main Branch opened in 2003. It encompasses 240,000 square feet, and is five stories tall. It houses over 500,000 books and offers more than 150 computers for public use.
The atrium reaches from the main floor to the top of the building, providing tons of natural light. Inside the atrium is a coffee shop, deli, gift shop, auditorium and other shops. Patrons can sit at several tables and sip coffee, enjoy a snack and read or people-watch.
The library was designed by world-famous architect, Moshe Safdie.
Outside, Library Square houses several small businesses and the radio station KCPW. Library Square is a perfect space for picnics and, of course, reading.
Dine on the roof for a great view of the city!
Someone has to keep the 176,368 square feet of glass in the library clean!
Every level of the library has comfy seating so you can sit and read.
The small outdoor amphitheater is perfect for concerts.
The library features art by local artists in galleries throughout the space.
The library hosts lectures by authors and other interesting people in its auditorium. This is Charles Mann, during his visit in 2012.
And of course, the SLC library is full of book lovers - just like you!
Whether you ride TRAX, drive, walk or bike...get to the SLC Main Branch to visit soon!