Salt Lake City Public Library

#8 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
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Key Info

210 East 400 South

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m...

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Whether you like to read or admire beautiful architecture, the stunning and contemporary Salt Lake City Public Library could be worth your while. Located in the downtown area and opened in 2003, the library has more than 500,000 books and plenty of cozy corners ideal for hunkering down with a good story.

Recent visitors said the architecture alone is reason enough to visit, while others appreciated the friendly staff and on-site cafe. There are also a variety of shops and cafes around Library Square (just outside the library), not to mention a rooftop garden overlooking the surrounding Wasatch Mountains for those who want to read outside.

The library is open every day of the week: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. You don't have to pay to peruse. For more information, visit the Salt Lake City Public Library's website.

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Temple Square's three-block, 35-acre plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple – where, among other things, weekly meetings of the church's governing bodies are held – and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall, which offer insight into the history and development of the church. You should also stop by the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world. Once you've toured the sites, stroll through the square's scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.

Recent travelers recommend taking a free, guided tour of the square and also mention that you don't have to be particularly religious to find it of interest. Tours are not scheduled, but knowledgeable docents are available every day between 9 a.m. and 4, 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the month. Tours begin on the hour and meet at the flagpole west of the temple. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Sunday morning concerts in the Tabernacle, as well as the Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30 p.m.), both put on by the renowned Tabernacle Choir.

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