Main Library, Salt Lake City

City Public Library - Main

The Salt Lake City Main Public Library occupies a city block across from city hall. The building consists of a five story, triangular-shaped structure housing the stacks and readers’ facilities, an adjacent rectangular administration wing, and a glass-enclosed “urban room, ” all contained by a crescent-shaped wall. The wall descends toward the piazza, providing a sweeping external staircase that leads visitors from the piazza to a rooftop garden overlooking the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. The urban room opens into the piazza, which is lined within the wall with shops, restaurants, meeting rooms and an auditorium. Within the crescent, reading galleries occupy the four levels above the retail areas, connected by bridges to the main library block. The children’s library, on the lowest level, spills outdoors into an amphitheater and a children’s garden in the piazza. Interior story rooms are clustered around a curved spine, and mediate the zone between internal library spaces and vibrant exterior rooms. A south facing, five-story double-glazed ‘lens’ opens the entire library towards the mountain view while providing shade or trapping the sun’s heat, as appropriate to each season. Passive solar and natural ventilation work together to modulate the air. Raised floors throughout the building, combined with no walls in the main book areas, allow the library to easily adapt to future changes in technology and delivery of services.

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  • The Salt Lake City Public Library system is a network of public libraries funded by Salt Lake City. The Free Public Library of Salt Lake City first opened on February 14, 1898. The system is under the direction of a library board and circulates more than three million items each year.
    There are six locations: the Main Branch library downtown...
  • The Leonardo is an art, science, and technology museum in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is housed in the former site of the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library. The museum opened on October 8, 2011.
    The mission of the Leonardo Museum (named after the artist and scientist Leonardo DaVinci) is to fuse science...
  • Central City is the main core of residential and commercial areas in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The neighborhood includes the area east of downtown along South Temple to the University of Utah campus and south to approximately 1300 South. South of 600 South, the neighborhood extends west to about 300 West. The UTA TRAX University light rail...

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