Salt Lake City, UT

The Library is a Place of Learning, But Deaths Have Occurred There

S. F. Mori

It is a beautiful facility in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Library(Image is author's)

The Salt Lake City Public Library building is unique and interesting. It is located at 210 East 400 South across from the Salt Lake City and County Building. It is a place to learn and grow, but it has also been a place of danger and death.

The original location of the Salt Lake City Public Library was in the Salt Lake City and County Building in 1898. A new library was built in downtown Salt Lake City with help from a donation of land and money by John Quackenbos Packard in 1900. That building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It remained in use until the early 1960s.
Salt Lake City and County Building(Image is author's)

Then the city library moved to a new building across from the City and County Building. That building was dedicated in 1964.

There was a hostage incident at the library in March 1994 when a gunman took several hostages in a conference room. The library was evacuated, and SWAT teams were called. The six-hour siege ended in the death of the gunman and the hostages being freed.

In early 1998, an $84 million library bond was approved to relocate the library to a new building. That building was opened to the public on February 8, 2003.

A small bomb exploded on the third floor of the library on September 15, 2006. The only damage was a broken window, and no one was hurt.

There have been several suicides and attempted suicides at the library. Several people have jumped to their deaths over the years.

Library Square is a landscaped and paved plaza which takes in the city block where the library is housed. Although outbuildings had been planned for the area, then Mayor Rocky Anderson asked for the creation of a public park instead. The library's former building houses The Leonardo Museum, and shops are located inside the library.

The Salt Lake City Public Library received Library Journal's "Library of the Year" award in 2006. It was largely because of the significance of the building structure.

Attending special events held at the library is a treat. Visiting the library to read books and to see the building is a good experience for all.

[Reference: Wikipedia]

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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