Thoughts of a public library inevitably turn to rows of bookcases, shushing librarians, and little plastic chairs for quiet contemplation.
But the Salt Lake City Public Library is something else altogether. A truly modern work of architectural art, it’s just about the last thing one would think of when invited to visit a library. Closer to the look of a museum of art, the breathtakingly vast glass atrium allows natural light to stream in and breathe life into a space traditionally known for subtle, ambient light. The results are nothing short of inspirational.
Exploring the library is encouraged. In addition to having over 500,000 books, there is also a rooftop garden, as well as an apiary tucked away on the 5th floor.
Know Before You Go
It's open Monday throughThursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.