Salt Lake City Library
While the Salt Lake City public library system sports eight locations around the valley, downtown hosts what is clearly the system’s flagship building. The six-story structure provides 240,000 square feet with over 500,000 books and other items available to visitors to either check out or browse on site. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie, an internationally acclaimed architect who has designed dozens of buildings around the world, including the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The library hosts a number of shops on the ground floor which opens to the six story tall open plaza space above the walkway along the curved wall, and there’s a rooftop garden with a 360-degree view of the surrounding city with the beautiful Wasatch Mountains to the east.
By Cameron Martindell, AFAR Local Expert
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This beautifully-designed library is very open and spacious and very well lit, since it's basically made of windows. There are several cafes and small shops in the lobby. There are free Wi-Fi and power outlets available throughout the building and even private booths upstairs with outlets in the tables. It's an excellent office for visiting workers and a relaxed place to spend the afternoon reading magazines.
By Matt Gibson, AFAR Local Expert
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA
Sun 1pm - 5pm
Mon - Thur 9am - 9pm
Fri, Sat 9am - 6pm