Family History Library Expands Hours of Operation

The exterior of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On 6 July 2021, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, reopened its doors after closing due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. While the library was open once again, the reopening was only a phase 1 reopening, and the library’s hours were limited to weekdays.

We are pleased to announce that beginning Saturday, 6 November 2021, the Family History Library will be moving to phase 2 of its reopening plans.

When Is the Family History Library Open?

In phase 1, the library was open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays only. Starting 6 November 2021, the library will expand its hours to include Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting the week of 15 November 2021, the library is tentatively scheduled to open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. by appointment only.

What Are the Family History Library’s Holiday Hours?

These new phase 2 hours will continue through the holiday season, and holiday activities will include the “Christmas around the World” event. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and from December 23 to 26. The library will reopen on December 27 and will remain open with phase 2 hours through New Year’s Eve. The Family History Library web page will provide up-to-date information on hours and library activities.

A woman enjoys a fun activity in the Family History Library.

What Are the Hours for Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries?

While family history centers and affiliate libraries around the world work in association with the Family History Library, these phase 2 expanded hours are for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. To learn more about when your local family history center is open, please call ahead to verify their hours of operation.

What Services Will Be Available in Phase 2?

When the Family History Library reopened earlier this year, the library also announced major renovations and improvements to better serve guests. A newly completed visitor breakroom on the main floor provides more space and comfortable seating for guests to eat and relax and can comfortably accommodate groups. Tables and seating have been upgraded, and additional vending machines provide a variety of food options.

The facilities on the research floors have also been updated with more research materials, computer stations with multiple monitors, adjustable desktops, better ADA handicapped access, and an improved personal help system. You can read more about the FHL remodel in the article below.

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In addition to these renovations, popular distance services will continue, including online one-on-one virtual consultations, library lookup services, FamilySearch Communities, and a growing selection of online classes and webinars.

Evening access will be limited to main floor services unless otherwise requested. Individuals and youth, church, and genealogical groups will be able to make appointments. Group reservations for daytime hours are available now under the Visit tab on the Family History Library web page. Evening reservations will be available in the same manner as they become available. Appointments will be based on space and equipment availability for up to 150 people.

Future Hours of Operation Plans

The Family History Library is the flagship discovery facility of FamilySearch International and a popular destination. It serves beginner to professional family history patrons from all over the world and is a top tourist attraction for the state of Utah. It will continue to expand its hours of operation based on current conditions, staffing capacity, and ecclesiastical guidelines.

If you can, take time to visit the library and enjoy all it has to offer, or visit your local family history center today!

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