How can I give The City Library feedback?
The City Library only gets better through the feedback we receive from the people who use our services. Please let us know your thoughts by filling out our Online Contact Form.
The City Library only gets better through the feedback we receive from the people who use our services. Please let us know your thoughts by filling out our Online Contact Form.
Are you looking for a book, CD, DVD, or other item that The City Library doesn't own? The City Library accepts suggestions for items that have already been released and are not found in the library catalog.
Click Here to fill out and submit the "Suggest an Item for Purchase" form.
All Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County residents are entitled to a free library card. To receive a City Library card, you must visit a City Library location with the information listed here:
The City Library offers several types of library cards based on your address and check-out needs. You may only have one card at any given time. (See "How do I get a library card?" for requirements.)
You may check out up to 13 total items. Within that limit, you may check out a total of 1 Lucky Day item, 3 DVDs, and 3 CDs (including Music CDs, CD-ROMs, and Language Learning Sets). An Introductory card expires four weeks from when it is issued. Official proof of residency in Salt Lake County is required to upgrade to Basic or Expanded card.
You may check out up to 13 total items. Within that limit, you may check out a total of 1 Lucky Day item, 3 DVDs, and 3 CDs (including Music CDs, CD-ROMs, and Language Learning Sets). A Basic card does not expire. Official proof of residency in Salt Lake County is required for a Basic Card. A Basic card is a good option for people who wish to limit the amount of items they are responsible for. Parents can select this option for their children. Click Here to access the Library Card Application for a Borrower Under the Age of 18 [PDF], available in both English and Spanish.
You may check out up to 100 total items. Within that limit, you may check out a total of 10 DVDs, 30 Music CDs, 10 CD-ROMs, 10 Language Learning Sets, and 1 Lucky Day item. An Expanded card does not expire. Official proof of residency in Salt Lake County is required for an Expanded Card.
Businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies within the legal boundaries of Salt Lake City may apply for an Organizational card with The City Library. These groups agree to be responsible for all items checked out by anyone using the card. An Organizational card is a good option for businesses whose employees live outside Salt Lake County but wish to check out City Library materials. Applications are available at all City Library locations.
An Internet card allows you to use The City Library's public computers but does not allow you to check out materials. Anyone with current photo ID can get an Internet card, regardless of address. An Internet card is a good option for people visiting Salt Lake City or for residents who don't wish to be responsible for library materials.
A PIN is a four digit personal identification number. It is a security code for using your library card online, and it is necessary to enter when logging into any of our public PCs or your library account online.
If you received your library card before December 15, 2011 then your default PIN number should be the last 4 digits of the phone number you have on record with the library. If you received your card after December 27, 2011 you should have been asked to supply a PIN at the time you signed up for your card.
If you don't have a PIN, or don't remember what it is, call 801-524-8200 with your library card number and birth date ready, or come in to any City Library location with your library card or valid photo ID.
If the item you want from the City Library's collection is checked out, you can claim a spot in line to check out the item by placing a hold. Holds can also be placed on items that are currently available—our staff will locate the item for you and have it waiting for you on the Hold shelf at your preferred City Library location.
Holds may be placed through our online catalog, through our mobile app, or by speaking to a library staff member. When the item is ready for you to pick up, you will receive an email or text message notification. Items not picked up within 5 days of notification will be reshelved.
Patrons with Expanded cards may place up to 25 items on hold, and patrons with Basic cards may place up to 5 items on hold.
Unless your item is on hold for another patron, items can be renewed up to three times. Lucky Day items cannot be renewed. (See "How long do my items check out for (i.e., loan periods)?" for more information about loan periods.)
To renew your materials, please log in to your "My SLCPL" account, navigate to your "Items Checked Out" section, check the boxes next to the items you wish to renew and press the green "Renew" button. You may also renew materials over the phone by calling The City Library at 801-524-8200.
MOST ITEMS CHECK OUT FOR 21 DAYS:
|and Feature Films)|
Feeling lucky? Drop into any City Library location and check out something from the Lucky Day Collection! The Library sets aside few copies of our most popular items so they're ready for you to pick up when you walk through our doors. You can't place Lucky Day items on hold or view the Lucky Day Collection through our online catalog—you can only get them by dropping by! To keep the collection fresh, Lucky Day items check out for 7 days and cannot be renewed.
The City Library can send you an email (or SMS text message alert, if you prefer) a couple days before your items are due, helping you avoid overdue fines. You can modify your Contact Preferences by logging into your Library Patron account and updating the "Contact Information and Preferences" section, or by speaking with a librarian at any City Library location. You can change/update the email address in your patron account at any time.
The City Library subscribes to Library Elf, a virtual assistant that helps busy library users keep track of when their items are due and when their holds are ready to pick up. A perfect solution for families with multiple library cards, Library Elf allows users to consolidate their accounts to see all the materials checked out, due, and on hold on several cards.
Library Elf keeps you connected with text messages, emails, or RSS alerts when your items are due or when your holds are ready to pick up (or about to expire). To learn more about Library Elf, visit libraryelf.org. The City Library subscribes to Library Elf, so anyone with a City Library card can take advantage of premium services free of charge. To sign up, click here.
Any items checked out from a City Library may be returned to any City Library location. Book drops are located at all City Library locations as a convenience for patrons to return materials. The City Library is not responsible for items left in book drops. The City Library does not accept returns of Salt Lake County Library materials, and the Salt Lake County Library does not accept returns of City Library materials.
|All Materials (except DVDs and items in the lucky Day Collection)||20¢ per day, per item|
|DVDs and Lucky Day items||50¢ per day, per item|
|Maximum fine (all materials except DVDs and Lucky Day items)||$6.00 per item, per loan period|
|Maximum fine for DVDs and Lucky Day items||$10.00 per item, per loan period|
|Damaged item, if repairable||$2.00|
|Lost or non-repairable item||Cost of item + $3.00|
|Lost or damaged large art print folder||$35.00|
Over the course of being a City Library user, you may end up damaging or losing a book, CD, or DVD. We understand that accidents happen to all of us. If you lose or damage an item checked out on your library card, you will be charged the replacement cost for the item, plus a $3 processing fee. Please call The City Library (801-524-8200) or talk to a librarian at any City Library location to report the item lost or damaged. You can pay your fees at any City Library location. If you find an item that you have already paid the replacement cost for, you may receive a refund of all but the processing fee.
When any DVD or CD is returned to The City Library, we check the case to make sure that the discs are undamaged and in the correct case. If you forgot to include the disc in the case, please bring the disc to any City Library location, and we will see that the disc is put in the correct case. If the disc is returned undamaged and by its due date, there will be no fees.
There are a few situations where your library card will no longer be able to place holds, check out items, use the online resource databases, or other functions. To find out the specific reason your card may not be working, please contact The City Library at 801-524-8200 or visit any City Library location.
Possible causes for your card not working:
Let us know in person at any City Library location, by calling us at 801-524-8200, or by using our Online Contact Form.
If you have lost your library card, please contact The City Library right away. You can call us at 801-524-8200 or walk in to any City Library location. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card, so treat it as you would a credit card. Once the lost card is cancelled, a new card may be obtained with photo ID.
If you live outside of Salt Lake County, you may purchase a City Library card for $80.00 per year ($20 for three months; $10 for one month). The purchase of a non-county card allows any other residents of your household to also receive a card. All other rules for obtaining a City Library card apply to those living outside Salt Lake County.
Yes, you will need to present your property tax statement and the card will expire annually for updated proof of property ownership. All other rules for obtaining a card will apply.
Children attending Salt Lake City schools (K-12) may obtain a City Library card for free. Proof of attendance must be provided annually. In this case, free cards are only available to students; those living outside Salt Lake County who aren't K-12 students can purchase a City Library card for $80 per year. (See "Can I get a library card if I don't live in Salt Lake City?" for full information.)
For a complete list of upcoming holiday closures, click
All City Libraries are closed on the following annual holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King. Jr. Day
Thanksgiving Eve (close at 6pm)
Day after Thanksgiving
New Year's Eve (close at 6pm)
The City Library offers meeting rooms for community use at all locations. To use a meeting room at one of our branch locations, please fill out the the Branch Locations Meeting Room Application [PDF], print, and submit your completed and signed application to the branch where you wish to meet.
To reserve a meeting room at the Main Library, please visit our Meeting Room Reservation page to submit your application.
The City Library's Creative Lab provides a space with dedicated equipment and software to create, edit, and convert digital media projects including, but not limited to, video, audio, photography, and 3D modeling.
The Creative Lab is located adjacent to the Main Library Technology Center. For general computing activities such as word processing, web browsing, email, social networking, or printing, please use the computers available in the Technology Center or computers located on other floors of the Main Library.
Salt Lake City Public Library users can now submit 3D print requests to be printed on one of the Creative Lab's 3D printers. Please visit slcpl.org/3dprinting for details on submitting a 3D print request.
All City Library locations have computers for public use. All public computers have Internet access and the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of programs installed.
Anyone with a City Library Card may use our public computers. If you do not have a City Library Card and do not live in Salt Lake County, you may acquire a Guest Pass at any City Library Reference Desk.
Library Cards and Internet Cards entitle the cardholder to two 60-minute sessions of computer use per day, broken up into as few or as many separate computer sessions as you wish. Guest Passes entitle users to 20 minutes of computer use per session, and patrons will be allowed only one Guest Pass per day.
The City Library uses a reservation system to ensure equitable use of our public computers. If you approach a computer that says "Available" in green, you may use the computer right away. If the computer says "Reserved," it is not available for you to use. You may place a reservation for a computer using the Reservation and Print Release Station at any City Library location. (The Main Library has Reservation and Print Release Stations on all floors.) Once you place a reservation, you will receive a receipt identifying the computer that is reserved for you and the time it will be available. If you do not log in to the computer within five minutes of the assigned time, your reservation will be cancelled. This will count as one of your computer sessions for the day.
For additional clarification on using computers at The City Library, please call us at 801-524-8200 or visit any City Library location.
All public computers at The City Library are connected to a printer. Printing is 10¢ per page for black-and-white prints (color prints are available only at the Main Library and cost 25¢ per page).
Every cardholder receives $1.00 in free printing each month (10 free black-and-white pages a month or 4 free color pages a month). If you do not use your $1.00 credit in a given month, the remaining amount does not transfer to the next month.
When you set a document to print, the print job is sent to the Reservation and Print Release Station in that location. To finish printing your document, you must log-in to the Print Release Station and select your item to print. Any items you do not select to print will be removed from your print queue. To print in color (available only at the Main Library), you will need to use the Reservation and Print Release Station in the Main Library Technology Center.
Yes, you can print wirelessly from your own mobile device to any City Library Print Release Station.
|a) Your Library card number (if you'd like your print costs to come out of your $1.00 monthly printing allocation balance)|
|b) Your email address username (the part before the @ symbol). For example, a user with the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" would enter "jsmith"|
|a) email@example.com (to print in black-and-white)|
|b) firstname.lastname@example.org (to print in color, Main Library only)|
Yes, the Main Library Technology Center has a color printer which can print color documents from any public computer in the Main Library. Color prints are 25¢ per sheet (4 free color pages a month). To print in color, you must use the Reservation and Print Release Station in the Main Library Technology Center.
Yes, The City Library has six scan stations, located in the Main Library Technology Center, Level 2, Level 3, Anderson-Foothill Branch, Glendale Branch, and Day-Riverside Branch.
There is no charge to scan and send documents to an email address, Google Docs, or save to a USB flash drive.
The machines can also print in black and white (10¢ per page) and send faxes ($1.00 per page, with the ability to send worldwide).
Yes, The City Library has six print/scan/fax stations, located in the Main Library Technology Center, Level 2, Level 3, Anderson-Foothill Branch, Glendale Branch, and Day-Riverside Branch.
These machines have the ability to send faxes worldwide at a cost of $1.00 per page.
The City Library sponsors art exhibits throughout the system as a source of ideas and inspiration that support and advance our mission. Exhibits are chosen by a staff committee according to the needs and interests of the community, the variety of shows, the artistic quality of the works, and the suitability of format for each library’s physical space. Artists interested in exhibiting are invited to submit a portfolio to the City Library location where they most prefer to exhibit. Portfolios should be submitted within the two-week period prior to the following deadlines: April 10 and October 10.
For full information, please visit our Art Exhibit Call for Entries page.
The City Library now accepts electronic submissions to our semi-annual Art Exhibit Call for Entries. Part of the electronic submission is to create a Set on Flickr where City Library staff can review your artwork.
How to create a Flickr Set as a portfolio for consideration:
1. You must have a Flickr account to create a Flickr Set. Accounts are free and can be created by clicking "Create Your Account" at flickr.com.
2. Once logged in to Flickr, upload your images clicking "Upload Photos & Video" and following the instructions. Each item must be given a description that includes the title of the piece, medium, and size.
3. To create your Set, click on "Organize & Create" at the top of the page to access Flickr's Organizr. In the Organizr, click the "Sets" tab, then click "Create a New Set" directly below the tab.
4. Your images are available at the bottom of the page. Click-and-drag the items you wish to include in your set from the bottom of the page to the middle of the page. Once dragged to the middle of the page, you can reorganize the images by dragging them to a new location or remove them by dragging them to the bottom of the page.
5. Give your Set a name and description on the left side of the page. When done, click "Save" in the lower-left corner of the page.
6. In order to share the Flickr Set with the library, return to your Photostream and select the proper set from the right-hand column. When viewing the set, copy the URL from your browser's address bar or click "Share This" then "Grab the Link" from the right side of the screen. Paste the link into the proper field in the library's Art Exhibit Online Submission Form.
Click Here for full information about the Art Exhibit Call for Entries and to access the electronic submission form, or Click Here for the Teen-Specific Art Exhibit Call for Entries form.
About the Community Exploration Card
The City Library opens doors to the community with the Community Exploration Card! Library cardholders can visit a number of Salt Lake City’s cultural centers for free by checking out a card from any branch of The City Library. With the Community Exploration Card, four people will be admitted to Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden, and Utah Museum of Fine Arts (closed for renovation until spring 2017).
The Community Exploration Card is valid for general admission but not for special events or exhibits. A limited number of cards are available for check out at the beginning of each month and must be used during that month. To provide equitable access for everyone, cards are limited to one per household in a 12-month period.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process of borrowing materials from libraries across the nation and making those items available for your use. It is used for requesting materials not owned by the library and that fall outside the scope of our collections. The City Library is pleased to provide this service at no or minimal cost to our patrons.
Who can submit an Interlibrary Loan request?
Interlibrary Loan service is available to current Salt Lake City Public Library patrons with an Expanded cardholder account in good standing. Your account is in good standing if you have less than $25.00 in total charges (overdue fines, damaged/lost item fees) associated with your library account. Patrons should resolve any outstanding charges on their account before submitting a request.
Patrons are allowed up to five active ILL requests.
What can I request through Interlibrary Loan?
Browse Our Collection
Be aware that The City Library does not request to borrow VHS, cassette tapes, or vinyl from other institutions, nor can art prints, maps, or periodicals be requested. In addition, The City Library does not request to borrow materials published in the last 6 months via Interlibrary Loan; you may only request items published over 6 months ago. For newer materials published in the last 6 months that The City Library does not own, consider submitting your request via the Suggest an Item for Purchase form instead.
Materials Selection Policy
We will not fulfill book club requests.
How do I submit an Interlibrary Loan request?
In most cases, Interlibrary Loan requests can be placed directly via The City Library's online catalog (microfilm and journal article requests being the notable exceptions). Patrons should first expand their search beyond The City Library's collection to include the entire Library of Congress catalog. To do so, click the Select Databases link located just below the search bar on the Keyword Search page of the catalog and select Library of Congress under the Interlibrary Loan section. Then proceed with your search. When the search results page appears, if the search status bar does not indicate that "All retrieved results have been added," click the Add Pending Results link to display items retrieved from the Library of Congress catalog. If the item can be located via this expanded search of the Library of Congress catalog, patrons can submit an Interlibrary Loan request directly by clicking the Place Hold button next to the item.
This is the preferred method for placing an Interlibrary Loan request because it provides Library Staff with immediate and accurate information about the item being requested, as well as providing them with your account information. In addition, the request and its status are immediately reflected in your online patron account and updated accordingly as your request is processed.
If your search returns no results, including searches of the Library of Congress catalog as detailed above, you can request the item via Interlibrary Loan manually. To submit a manual Interlibrary Loan request, please email email@example.com or call 801-524-8200 with your library card account number and specific details about the item you would like to request. As mentioned previously, microfilm and journal articles should be requested in this manner.
If the requested item cannot be located after an extensive search of other institutions conducted by Library staff, explanatory notes regarding the cancellation of your ILL request will be reflected in your patron account. Patrons may call 801-524-8200 or come in to the Main Library to find out why their request was cancelled. If it does not fall within the Materials Selection Policy or the above guidelines regarding what can be requested, you will receive an automated notice of cancellation of your request.
How much will it cost?
The City Library will always search for free lenders first, but if your requested item is only available from a charging library, we will contact you first before adding that cost to your account. Some libraries charge a processing, shipping, and handling fee, ranging from $10.00 to $25.00.
Be aware that borrowed ILL items are subject to the owning library's policies on lost or damaged items and are non-negotiable. You are responsible for any fees associated with the item. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-524-8200 to report an ILL item lost, damaged, or stolen. We will contact the owning library for an invoice. Because we do not know the exact cost of an item or what damage fees may apply until we receive this invoice, a placeholder charge of $153.10 will be reflected in your account until we can adjust it to the final price. Do not pay this placeholder charge. The final amount you are charged will depend on the cost of the item or any damage fees assessed, which are determined by the owning library. Your ILL borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item is paid in full. We will not accept replacement copies.
How long will it take?
Interlibrary loan staff will request an item from the closest available source—up to 15 institutions, if necessary. As a result, Interlibrary Loan materials may take two to six weeks to arrive. Patrons can request to pick up their materials at any City Library location and will be notified by email or phone when their materials have arrived. Materials will be held behind the Service Desk at each Library location. You must present your library card in order to pick up Interlibrary Loan materials.
How long may I keep the item?
The loan period—typically two to four weeks—is set by the institution from which the item is borrowed, not The City Library. Be sure to pick up your items as soon as possible after you receive notification. This will allow you to have it for the maximum loan period given by the owning library. The longer your item sits on the hold shelf, the less time you will have with it. Be aware that The City Library's standard overdue fines apply to borrowed ILL materials.
You may request renewal of the item up to four business days before the due date by emailing email@example.com or by calling 801-524-8200. Because we must honor loan periods set by the loaning institution, some renewal requests may be denied.
Please visit the 24/7 Library Service web page for background, timeline, outcome, and supporting documentation regarding the proposal.
Although The City Library operates the seven public libraries within Salt Lake City's official boundaries, there are several other libraries in the area that can provide you with service, as well. Residents of Salt Lake County can borrow from the Salt Lake County Library, The City Library, or Murray Public Library.
Click the following links to visit these library's websites:
- Salt Lake County Library Services
- Murray City Library
- Marriott Library at the University of Utah
- Giovale Library at Westminster College
- Utah State Library