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Visit the Book Finders section of our Reader's Cafe space.

Use the 'Place Hold" button in the online catalog or ask a librarian to place one for you.

My Account

We now have available reading history and you can opt in or out.

Patrons will need to opt in to the service by clicking on Contact Information and Preferences. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Maintain reading history. Previously checked out items will not appear but anything checked out in the future will.

Visit the My Account page of the online catalog to view and edit your holds. You’ll need your library card number and a PIN.

The checkout interval for books is three weeks.  You can also renew the book up to three times.

DVD movies can be checked out for 7 days maximum unlike CD's and books which have a 21 day loan period.

CD's can be checked out for three weeks, just like books and can be renewed up to three times.

You can now pay your fine online!  Go to the "My Account" link in the search bar at the top of of any page (including this one) and click the orange "Pay Fines" button.  There is a $3 minimum for using this service.  Be assured that this is a safe and secure service provided for your convenience and maintained to protect your privacy and confidential information. You can view our privacy policy here. You can also stop by your local library and pay your fine at the customer service desk.  We currently do not have telephone based payment.

Print From Anywhere

Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected device to a designated printer in any one of our branches. Done through wireless printing.

This service is available at all Salt Lake County branches. Select the Library from the list where you want to pick up your print job. Your print job will be available for 24 hours from the time it is received.

There is no additional software required.

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Are you wondering why the library doesn't own the eBook title you want to read? Some of the major publishers and their subsidiaries will not sell eBooks to libraries. The library community is working to remedy this situation, but until it is resolved with the publishers simply ask a librarian to recommend a similar title in digital format.

Check which publisher produces the eBook you are looking for. If the book is published by Simon & Schuster or Brilliance Audio it is currently unavailable for the library to purchase.

For instructions on downloading see the Help Links on this page.

eBooks can be checked out for 21 days maximum just like regular books.

eAudioBooks are spoken by narrators and eBooks are a medium that you read.


Individuals interested in becoming a Library Board member must complete an application and selection process. For information and details including the application:

Student Library Cards are available for students, ages 8-17. Getting a Student Library Card is easy: students just need to stop by their community library with proof that they are in school – ID card, report card, letter from teacher or official document from the school. Additionally, they need to provide an address, phone number and date of birth.

With a Student Library Card, young library users can:

  • Check out up to three (3) items (maximum) without accruing fines of fees
  • Use public computers
  • Access online homework help and other resources
  • Download ebooks, music, movies, shows and other online content

Due to the fact that library users are only allowed one Salt Lake County Library Card, many young library users are now using the Student Library Card instead of the Juvenile Card.

NOTE: If an item is overdue for more than 45 days, no new items can be checked out until the item is returned. R-rated DVDs and Cds with explicit song lyrics may not be checked out.

For more information about the Student Library Card, stop by your community County Library or give Customer Service a call: 801.943.4636

Salt Lake County Library, in partnership with Salt Lake Astronomical Society, offers a telescope lending program that gives you the opportunity to “check out” the stars. Telescopes are currently available at the following libraries (only):

“Scope" out the details:

  • Up to seven (7)-day checkout
  • Only one (1) telescope per card
  • Hold requests and pick-ups available at participating libraries only
  • Holds must be retrieved within 48 hours
  • Must be returned to the library where it was checked out
  • No self-checkout
  • Reservations may be available
  • $2 per day late fee; $30 max
  • Damages/replacement fees may apply

Important Tips:

  • Do NOT look at the sun
  • Follow the safety rules
  • Enjoy this STEM experience!

The Community Exploration Card is a program of Salt Lake County Library Services and Salt Lake City Public Library. Salt Lake County Library cardholders may visit a number of Salt Lake County’s cultural centers – free of charge – by checking out a Community Exploration Card from one of these four Salt Lake County Libraries:

Each Community Exploration Card will admit up to four people to Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum of Utah, Tracy Aviary, and Red Butte Garden.

Please Note: The Community Exploration Card is valid for general admission only. The Card cannot be used for admission to 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 respective month.
To provide equitable access for everyone, cards are limited to one per household in a 12-month period.

WEeLearn tablets are pre-loaded with games and apps designed to help children learn numbers, improve concentration and motor skills, think creatively, and develop early literacy and language skills. There are four different pre-loaded tablets available: Animal Talk!, Go Bananas!, Letters, Letters, Everywhere!, and Sí, Yes! Sí!

WEeLearn tablets are only available at the following libraries:

West Jordan
West Valley

WEeLearn Checkout Basics:

  • 7-day checkout
  • Hold requests and pick-ups available at participating libraries only
  • Tablet must be returned to the library where it was checked out
  • Only adults may checkout
  • Only one tablet may be checked out at a time

Remember, we learn better when WEeLearn together!

Kids’ Café is a Utah Food Bank nutrition program offered at several County Library locations. In Utah, one in five children is unsure where his or her next meal will come from. Through this program, youth in their communities receive a meal each day, Monday through Friday and Saturday at some locations.

As a result of Kids’ Café, thousands of Salt Lake County children and teens have an opportunity to eat. Many of the youth who spend hours at the County Library are doing so hungry, knowing that the hunger will not subside when they finally return home. Thanks to Kids’ Café they can have a full stomach and are better able to learn and behave appropriately. In addition, Library team members are able to connect children and their parents to other services and to make a positive difference in their lives.

The following County Library locations participate in Kids’ Café:

Columbus: Saturday, Noon-1 pm
Hunter: Monday-Friday, 3:30-4 pm
Kearns: Monday-Thursday, 3-3:30 pm; Friday & Saturday, 1-1:30 pm
Magna: Monday-Friday, 3:30-4:30 pm; Saturday, Noon-1 pm
Tyler: Monday-Friday, 3:30-4 pm
West Valley: Monday-Thursday, 3:45-4:30 pm; Friday, 1:45-2:30 pm

To learn more about Kids’ Café, visit Utah Food Bank.

Have you ever wanted to checkout a bestseller only to discover everyone else had the same idea? Well, your luck is about to change!

Our Lucky Day collection – which features the most popular, best-selling books – increases your chance of checking out bestsellers without having to wait.
Lucky Day collections are labeled with a Lucky Day sticker and are typically on display near the front of the Library. Here are the basics:

  • First come, first served basis
  • 7-day checkout
  • 2-book maximum
  • No holds or renewals Standard late fees/fines apply

Stop by your local library* and let us help make your day lucky!

*Note: At this time, Millcreek and Smith libraries are NOT participating in Lucky Day.

Pre-register for a library card online or stop at the customer service desk in any branch.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. You can use a free program like Adobe Reader to read our PDF files.

Individuals interested in becoming a Library presenter must complete an application and selection process. For information and details, to include the application:

Got a flourescent light? Dispose of it right. Several Salt Lake County Libraries provide safe disposal of fluorescent lightbulbs:

Bingham Creek
South Jordan
West Jordan

The fluorescent lightbulb disposal program is for individuals/residences ONLY – we do not accept commercial disposal. For commerical disposal, please call 801-541-4078.

Additional information about proper disposal of various household hazardous wastes can be found on the Salt Lake County Health Department website.


There are over 50 topics and subtopics available in our Research Room.  Use the navigation pane on the left side of the page or the topics featured here to browse all these topics.

These include journal articles, magazines, newspapers, etc. that are unavailable for free on the internet. Accessing these resources requires a library card. They are available in the Research Room along with librarian chosen top web sites.

Give suggestions, reviews and comments

In our online catalog: Click on Write a Review anywhere it appears. You may also leave comments at our Reader's Choice Blog and our Books for Discussion Blog.

To make a purchase suggestion use this form or ask for a purchase request form at your local library.
To borrow materials published more than 12 months ago, place a request to “Borrow from another Library” in the library catalog.
For more information see Instructions to Borrow From Another Library.

Rent a Space

The Viridian Event Center is our new multi-purpose facility capable of hosting a large variety of events. View Event center details.

Receptions, corporate events, concerts, festivals, theater performances and galas are just a sample of what can be done. Browse Viridian upcoming events.

The library offers 20+ meeting rooms throughout our system to library card holders to host meetings that are open to the public and not for commercial purposes. (meeting room reservation details and policy) The Viridian is a full-service event center open to all types of groups, functions, events, private and public, commercial or not. We provide a space with resources to make planning and hosting an event a snap, from top of the line audio/visual equipment to an experienced event staff to help with the details. The rental rates are competitive and support the library in providing a valuable resource to the community. Visit the Viridian Event Center  site to learn: