The Stupendous Salt Lake City Library

When I was in Salt Lake City last week (I was training people on Friends groups for the Utah State Library), I stopped by to see Beth Elder,


the SLC Public Library director as she’s a member of BCR’s Public Libraries Advisory Group.

What an impressive library!  It’s an amazing building in its own wonderful square with a lovely garden, water features and fabulous views of the mountains.  The lobby is just astounding.  It has glass elevators (that gave me vertigo when standing on the fifth floor looking straight down) that let you see their mechanisms, especially from the beautiful roof garden

(with trees no less – talk about a green roof).  From the roof you can see all of SLC and the surrounding Wasatch mountains, and there’s a wonderful walkway

leading six stories down to the square

that can be accessed day or night for what I imagine would be incredible sunset views.

The spiral staircase takes you down to the fourth floor where a really neat fireplace (one of several) provides a great reading nook.  Art work abounds and there’s a changing art exhibition space.  There’s also an art gallery leasing space in the lobby.  The woman at the gallery credited the library with its existence as they invited artists to do a show in the space which evidently worked out so well that two of the artists decided to lease the space and 16 Utah artists display their work there.  The lobby