On July 26, 2017, a surprise downpour drenched Sugar House. This severe rainstorm caused caused flooding throughout the area, and the Sprague Branch sustained heavy damage. We now have the unique opportunity to update the branch to help meet the needs of the community.
The City Library partnered with the architectural team of Arch Nexus and Margaret Sullivan Studio and held a series of open-house meetings to ensure a community-centric approach to the renovation. We asked members of the Sugar House community to tell us how they like to use the Sprague Branch. After collecting data and hundreds of comments, a preliminary design was presented to the public, the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, and the Sugar House Community Council in October 2018.
Renovations will begin April 1, 2019, with a targeted reopening date of late 2020. Hold pickups at Sprague will be temporarily unavailable from March 28–April 28.
While the library is being remodeled, we will continue to serve the community through the Sprague Firehouse Express, a temporary location only a few blocks away from the branch at 1085 East Simpson Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106. The Sprague Firehouse Express will open on Sunday, April 28. Hours will be as follows:
Mon–Thu • 10am–8pm
Fri–Sat • 10am–6pm
Sun • 1–5pm
The Sprague Firehouse Express offers four public computers, a small collection of materials, and hold pick-ups. An external book drop is available facing Simpson Avenue for returning library materials after hours.
When it reopens, the Sprague Branch's historic exterior will remain the same, while the inside will house a 21st Century Library; a place for residents to explore information and celebrate community successes together.