The City Library's Sprague Branch is temporarily closed for repairs due to flood damage sustained from overnight rainstorms on July 26, 2017. The popular Sugar House neighborhood library, located at 2131 South 1100 East, is a high-gabled English Tudor style building that has served the Sugar House community since 1928.
While a complete timeline is still in development, the Salt Lake City Public Library expects the Sprague Branch to be closed for several months. We hope to reopen the upstairs and Children's area sometime in October.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
We at The City Library want to express just how grateful we are for the overwhelming show of support for the Sprague Branch. Many community members have asked how they can help out, offering up their time, money, talents, and labor towards repairing the building. We want everyone to know that our maintenance team—along with professional cleanup and construction crews—will be conducting repairs, and that that process is already underway.
There are a number of ways you can help out:
• Consider supporting the Friends of The City Library, a partner organization that is well-positioned to help us address these unexpected and unbudgeted costs. The Friends have a donation button on their website (slcpl.org/friends), run The Library Store at the Main Library, and offer memberships for as little as $10. Donations to the Friends are tax deductible.
• Share your photos, memories, and stories of the Sprague Branch on social media and use the hashtag #MySprague. Let the world know how much the Sugar House neighborhood library means to you!
• Keep connected via Facebook (facebook.com/slcpl), Twitter (@slcpl), and on our website for updates.
HOW TO ACCESS LIBRARY SERVICES WHILE THE SPRAGUE BRANCH IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Sprague librarians have worked out a way to offer weekly Sugar House Storytimes at their temporary home in Legacy Village (1212 E. Wilmington Ave). The nearest City Library locations are the Anderson-Foothill Branch at 1135 South 2100 East—which now features Sunday hours (1–5pm) to accommodate incoming Sprague patrons— and the Main Library at 210 East 400 South. Our stellar staff from the Sprague Branch will be dispersed throughout the system, so you can still find your favorite librarians at our other locations.
The City Library also offer ebooks, eaudiobooks, downloadable magazines and music, streaming movies, and more at slcpl.org/digitallibrary.
All Salt Lake County residents can sign up for a free card with Salt Lake County Library Services. The County Library has a few branches near Sugar House: Columbus Library at 2530 South 500 East; Smith Library at 810 East 3300 South; and Millcreek Community Library at 2266 East Evergreen Avenue.
According to the National Weather Service, 2.12 inches of rain fell in Sugar House the morning of Wednesday, July 26, 2017, which caused flooding throughout the area. In addition to the Sprague Branch, flooding occurred in parking lots and businesses in the adjacent shopping areas.
Water in the Sprague Branch triggered an alarm early Wednesday morning, and when maintenance staff arrived, they found there was several feet of standing water in the lower level of the building. The Salt Lake City Public Library has begun to clean up and assess the damage, which includes damage to the building, furniture, computers, and library collections. Plans for rescheduling events and services are forthcoming.
"The City Library's Sprague Branch is seen as Sugar House's neighborhood living room," said Peter Bromberg, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library. "The library is well-loved and well-used as a place for residents to explore information together, celebrate community successes together, and tackle the community’s concerns together. The losses in this flood aren’t just books and computers, which can and will be replaced, but also the temporary loss of a key gathering place for the people of Salt Lake City. We have set our focus on opening the Sprague Branch as soon as we can to continue to fulfill our role as a valued community resource."
The Sprague Branch has been the site of several important community gatherings and events over the past year, including regular meetings of local community councils, employment fairs for local businesses, and the Salt Lake City Mayor's discussion of the location for homeless resource centers. Families are passionate Sprague Branch visitors with roughly 40 kids and their grown-ups attending weekly storytimes, and more than 200 people attended a screening of The Goonies at Classic Cinema Night on July 11. The library is also well-used as a “second office” for neighbors who work from home, making use of the building’s free wireless Internet access and comfortable environment. As residents move into the rapidly growing area, they often make getting a library card at the Sprague Branch a first stop in getting to know their new neighborhood.
Updates about clean-up activities and a timeline for re-opening the Sprague Branch will be posted here. Donations can be made via the Friends of The City Library.