Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City

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Designed to project a peaceful atmosphere using natural lighting and an open-plan layout, Salt Lake City Public Library houses more than half a million volumes and gives visitors many opportunities to make use of them. The six-story building's curved exterior welcomes sunlight. Wander the halls and reading spaces, moving upward among themed areas. Keep your voice down at the top, where many people are studying. Be sure to take a look out the glass wall on the south side for a sweeping view of the urban area and backdrop of mountains. Plan to visit Salt Lake City Public Library during your Salt Lake City vacation using our convenient Salt Lake City trip planner.
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  • Even if you don't live in Salt Lake County and can't check items out of this library, you should still got to see the amazing architecture and traveling exhibits. The curved windows are really neat to...  more »
  • The building will take your breath away. The outside is as gorgeous and intricate as the inside. I've done multiple photo shoots at this place. Just really cool and progressive architecture.  more »
  • A great place to visit, even for a short visit. The architecture is superior. A fantastic "kids area" covers the entire ground level. On the main floor you'll find a few concession stands selling soul...  more »
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  • It is the most beautiful homeless shelter I have ever studied in. It's not too bad if you don't mind strong smells of urine, smoke, and people sleeping in the bathroom stalls. It is difficult to study with all of the distractions and the constant need to protect your personal items (if you need to use the restroom, pack everything up and take it with you). It is somewhat endearing though because it has a feeling similar to that of the "Island of Misfit Toys." It is the perfect place to feel what you want, and be exactly what you feel. Everyone is welcome, and no personal hygiene is required! I am grateful to see that our tax money has been so efficiently spent on this beautiful edifice. A real place of architectural beauty to house gamers, drug addicts, television watchers, and travelers(mostly a place for them to shower in the sinks). You'd think that whoever approved this project would've taken more than 30 seconds to think about if it was a good idea or not to build such an elaborate homeless shelter; maybe even let the thought cross their mind of whether or not this was a good use of our tax money....... apparently not! Welcome to the brilliance of public goods.
  • The Salt Lake City Public Library is one of the most interesting buildings in Salt Lake City. It has unique architecture that is easy to spot, and hard to forget. Once inside, glass walls make the library look both futuristic and classic and an open and peaceful place to research, read, eat, or shop, while still feeling connected to the community, the city, and nature. Several boutique shops are fun to peruse and in the basement is a small art gallery and entrance to a theater where no doubt and interesting film or concert is taking place. Be sure to check out the constant events happening at the library. Outside there is a path to the top of the terrace where it offers spectacular views of the city. The grounds in general consist of fountains, gardens, bridges and an amphitheater. Many events occur here during the summer and it's always a blast! The library is situated next to the Leonardo Museum and the old City Hall. Both wonderful buildings that are of interest to locals and tourists alike.
  • We're really lucky to have such a fantastic library system. From the impressive downtown library, to the local branches, slc library is a wonderful resource. If that's not enough, the online services are incredible. I'm not sure how you could improve it...it has everything!
  • WOW! What architecture!! This place is amazing and hard to explain. Nearly invisible elevators... all glass. Stores and shops inside. Four floors and work areas overlooking downtown Salt Lake City and the mountains. If I could work everyday from here I would, but was only in town so that my son could attend Comic Con and I was able to work from the library for the day. Very nice people. A lot of homeless and the parking cost $12 for 5 hours.
  • Parking is not easy but you can pay if you need to stay pass half hour, Sunday is free. They don’t make it easy for surrounding neighborhoods to access their books, nor can you print for free. Building is impressive, second floor fiction and teen, 3rd floor foreign literature. For the houseless people, there could be some kind of educational outreach program for them here.
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