Salt Lake City Public Library

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Salt Lake City Public Library

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Contact Us: The City Library


210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84111

Telephone:[2]  801-524-8200    Fax:  801-524-8272

Hours, and Holidays:[2] 

  • Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
  • For holidays click here.[3]

Internet sites and databases:

Public transportation, and Parking:

  • For TRAX light rail, and bus routes click here.[4]
  • The library's underground parking facility can be accessed by turning mid-block from eastbound 400 South. Parking in this facility is free for the first half-hour, then $1.25 per half-hour after that. Any vehicle displaying a disability special group license plate or disability windshield placard may park in the parking garage at Library Square for two hours with no charge. Additional time beyond the two hours is $1.25 per half-hour.[2]

Collection Description

The Salt Lake City Public Library has a good heraldry collection, and better than average Western Americana collection including books about Mormon and other ethnic pioneers. They participate in inter-library loan service. Their noteworthy genealogically related databases include: HeritageQuest Online, The Pioneer (Utah's online library), Utah Digital Newspapers, Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1865-1970, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Biography Resource Center.[5]


  • Street parking at meters is free after 6:00 p.m., and on weekends visitors are allowed two hours free parking.

Substitute Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Salt Lake City Public Library, a similar source may be at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Davis County Library  with a library card you have access to HeritageQuest Online.
  • Provo City Library genealogical books, reference tools, magazine, databases like GENUKI and HeritageQuest Online.

Neighboring Collections

  • Utah State Archives newspapers, deaths, land, courts, local histories, naturalizations, military, directories, criminals
  • Utah State Historical Society - thousands of family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.[6]
  • Family History Library LDS membership, temple records, over 300 computers with genealogical databases, and microfilms of civil, church, immigration, naturalization, ethnic, military, and genealogicial manuscripts worldwide. 
  • Church History Library of the LDS Church 1830 to now with diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials.[7]
  • University of Utah, historical-biographical sources, newspapers, government documents, and Western Americana
  • Brigham Young University, genealogy, county histories, censuses, Family History Center, digitized family histories
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah Territory before 10 May 1869.[8]
  • Sons of Utah Pioneers Library has manuscripts, biographies, family and local histories, pioneer handcart companies, Mormon Battalion records, Revolutionary War military records, passenger lists, and historical periodicals.[9]
  • United States District Court of Utah federal court records.
  • Salt Lake County Court local court records.


  1. Salt Lake City Public Library, Contact Us [online email] at [accessed 5 November 2009].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Salt Lake City Public Library, Contact Us - Branches - Main Library [Internet site] at [[accessed 5 November 2009].
  3. Salt Lake City Public Library, Locations and Hours [Internet site] at [accessed 5 November 2009].
  4. "Utah Transit Authority" at (accessed 6 August 2009).
  5. Salt Lake City Public Library, Research Center [Internet site] at [accessed 5 November 2009].
  6. "Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  7. "Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  8. "Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  9. Sons of Utah Pioneers, SUP Library [Internet site] at [accessed 6 November 2009].