Utah Archives and Libraries

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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

Many societies have libraries and archive holdings, with biographical and genealogical records. These collections will be listed under Societies.

The following libraries and archives are helpful for research in the state of Utah. Search the wiki for the county to locate local libraries, archives, and Family History Centers.

See also United States Archives and Libraries for a more extensive list of libraries on a national basis.


To locate libraries in Utah, the state library maintains an updated site to public libraries.

Utah State Library Directory The directory has links to each library web page, provides addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.

State Libraries and Archives

Utah State Archives and Record Service
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Phone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504
Online Catalog

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is a state government agency that works with records created by other state and local governmental entities in Utah. Records of historical value are housed in our permanent collections and are available for research. See the website for holdings and services which include an online catalog and both inhouse and online documents and photos. .

The Archives shares a the historic Rio Grande building with the Utah State Historical Society. The Research Center serves researchers of both organizations. See Research Center for the hours and link to their site.

Utah State Historical Society
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Telephone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504
Online Catalog

The Historical Society and the Utah State Archives and Record Service are both housed in the historic Rio Grande building. They share a research facility, the Research Center where there are thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals Center and online. See below for for the hours of operation.

The Utah State Historical Society publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, a helpful resource for Utah research since 1928.

Research Center
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Telephone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504

Research Center hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Research Center serves both the Archives and the Historical Society.

Family History Centers

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2331
Fax: 801-240-1584
E-Mail: fhl@ldschurch.org

This is the largest library devoted entirely to genealogical research in the world. It is also associated with more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. The holdings include a large collection of Utah records. Information on the hours, holidays, catalog, collection, services, key resources, and how to prepare to visit the library are on the FamilySearch web site.

The following guide book will help in using the library. It gives suggestions on preparing to visit the library, genealogy research tips, and helps in using the library.

A history of the Genealogical Society of Utah was written during the centennial of the society. This book covers the beginning of the society to 1994. It contains a history of the library, of microfilming, and an overview of the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

BYU Family History Library
Harold B. Lee Library
150 East 1230 North
P. O. Box 26800
Provo, UT 84602-6800
Family History Reference Desk: 801-422-6200
Family History Librarian: 801-422-7661
Fax: 801-538-1050
Internet: BYU Family History Library

Logan Family History Center
50 North Main
Logan, Utah 84323
Reception Desk: 435-755-5594

Ogden Large Multi-stake Family History Center
539 24th Street
Ogden, Utah 84401
FAX: 801-626-1129

Riverton FamilySearch Library
3740 W Market Center Dr.
Riverton, Utah 84065-8026

St. George Large Multi-stake Family History Center
355 South 200 East
St. George, Utah 84770

Church Library and Archive

Church History Library

Church History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800
Library Telephone: 801-240-2745
Archives Telephone: 801-240-2272
Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library

The Church History Library is a stand alone building that sits on the block northeast of Temple Square. You will need to bring identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license. Church History Library material does not circulate to Family History Centers.

Public Libraries

Logan Library
255 North Main
Logan, UT 84321
Telephone: 435-716-9120
Internet: http://library.loganutah.org/

The library has received the collection from Everton Library. The Everton collection had around 80,000 genealogical volumes.

Salt Lake City Public Library
209 East 500 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Telephone: 801-524-8200
Fax: 801-524-8289
Internet: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/

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.

University Libraries and Special Collections

Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
150 East 1230 North
P. O. Box 26800
Provo, UT 84602-6800
Telephone: 801-378-2926
Internet lib.byu.edu

Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Telephone: 801-581-8364
Fax: 801-585-3464

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Telephone: 801-797-2678
Fax: 801-797-2880

Gerald R. Sherratt Library Special Collections
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
Telephone: 435-586-7945
Fax: 435-586-8152
Email specialcoll@suu.edu

Stewart Library
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
Telephone: 801-626-6515
Toll Free 877-306-3140
Fax: 801-626-7045