Chapman Centennial Celebration


Grand Opening, May 28, 1918

The City Library's Chapman Branch, one of the last functioning Carnegie libraries in Utah, has served the people of Salt Lake since May 27, 1918. It was built with Carnegie Foundation funds in the "Classical Revival Style." The architecture represents the idea of the library as a "Cathedral of Knowledge."

Andrew Carnegie personified the "rags to riches" mythos of the era, having been born impoverished, then becoming one of the world's wealthiest men.

As a young man, he spent much of his free time in public libraries as a respite from the daily drudgery of long work hours and family hardships. He believed libraries directly influenced his life's course, and desired that same experience for others who, like himself, did not begin life with the advantages of wealth and status.

Chapman Branch, 2016

Through philanthropic efforts Andrew Carnegie set aside funds for the purpose of building public libraries in his native Scotland and across the United States.

The Chapman Branch will continue to evolve using the technology of the times in order to meet the social, educational, informational and recreational needs of the community.

Enjoy a year-long celebration with events and displays for all ages: spanish-language & outdoor film screenings, cultural performances, crafts and much more. Click here for a list of upcoming events.