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The Salt Lake City Public Library System is committed to developing a new library in the Glendale neighborhood. To ensure the new library meets the neighborhood’s needs, a community engagement process has been set in motion to solicit input on the site and library elements.
The Salt Lake City Public Library System consists of a 240,000 square foot Main Library in downtown Salt Lake City and five branch libraries ranging in size from 8,000 square feet to 14,900 square feet. The City Library System is a public agency of Salt lake City and is governed by a nine-member policy-making Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Funding is provided through a dedicated and independent tax levy on property in Salt lake City.
The Glendale community is located on Salt lake City’s west side which historically has been a diverse neighborhood. Nearly 43 percent of Glendale’s 24,000 residents have an annual income of less than $35,000. Fifty-two percent of the population is white and nearly forty-four percent is Latino. The median age is 27.4 with a large number of residents under the age of 18.
In August 2009, the Salt Lake City Council approved an increase to the Library’s tax rate for the planning and construction of new branch libraries in the Glendale and Marmalade neighborhoods. Glendale is scheduled to proceed first, with Marmalade to follow in a subsequent track a few months later.
Salt Lake City’s new branch libraries will:
- Meet the library services needs of the neighborhood through the engagement of as many residents as possible in the program planning and review process.
- Emphasize the unique identity and character of the neighborhood.
- Serve as a catalyst for activation and development in the surrounding areas by integrating projects effectively with existing City master and Area Plans.
- Be convenient and accessible by maximizing pedestrian/non-auto accessiblity and providing adequate parking for a variety of vehicles.
- Provide a lasting and appealing amenity that creates a growing sense of pride and ownership in the library and the neighborhood as a whole.
- Build upon current neighborhood amenities and avoid redundancy.
- Integrate the newest library technologies and architectural innovations to meet community needs.
- Optimize flexibility in overall design to ensure responsiveness to a changing community.
- Provide appealing environments to gather and hold meetings.
- Integrate planning for public art early in the design phase.
- Use outdoor spaces to enhance activity, functionality and the potential for seasonal activities.