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Calvin S. Smith Branch temporarily closed
Smith Branch will be temporarily closed

Beginning Wednesday, March 15, our Calvin S. Smith Branch will be temporarily closed for maintenance. Basic information and procedure during the closure is detailed below:


Bookdrops will be locked.

Returns can be made at any of the other Salt Lake County Libraries – Columbus, Millcreek and Holladay are the three closest branches.

Holds may be picked up at Columbus or Millcreek; adjustments to the hold location may be made online.

We hope to re-open early summer and we will be sharing updates on Facebook: Calvin Smith Library

Thank you for your patience as we work to make the Calvin S. Smith Branch an even greater place for you to learn, think, create, read and play.

Questions or concerns? Please call Customer Service, 801-943-4636.

United We Read SLC
United We Read

United We Read SLC is an initiative for everyone in Salt Lake County to connect by reading the same book and by sharing their experience with others.

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, the 2015 County Library’s Reader’s Choice winner, is the book selected for the 2017 United We Read SLC initiative. The following Salt Lake County libraries are participating:

Murray Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake County Library

Classes, events and activities related to the book will take place across the County through May 2017. Be sure to like the United We Read SLC Facebook page.

More info:

Read * Connect * Share

Creative & Memoir Writing Classes
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We’ve got the WRITE stuff for you this Spring! Free creative and memoir writing classes provided in partnership with Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.

Creative Writing
Riverton Branch
March 13, 7pm
April 10, 7 pm
May 15, 7 pm

Memoir Writing (2-part)
Whitmore Branch
May 4 and May 11, 7 pm

To find other writing classes and library programs, visit

The Lowdown on Downloads & Databases
Video Tutorials

Get the lowdown on downloads and databases with our new video tutorials. The tutorials can be found on the main page, the Reader’s Café page, and the Research Room page – look for “Help Tutorials,” on the right-hand side of each page. In addition, the video tutorials are highlighted within the links to the specific apps and databases.

OverDrive, Axis360, Gale Virtual Reference, Recorded Books, Flipster, Hoopla, and Freegal are just a few of the databases and downloadables apps with accompanying video tutorials.

Take a minute to check them out and to learn simple tips and tricks for using our electronic and online resources.

More info:

Free Tax Help

The County Library is connecting users with free online tax filing and tax preparation.

My Free Taxes, a program of United Way, provides basic information about tax preparation and helps people find local help.

Utah Tax Help, a program of CAP Utah, is a free online tool for filing state and federal taxes. They also offer free tax preparation.


-Household income of $54,000 or less = free help with tax preparation from a certified volunteer at a designated VITA site.

-Household income of $64,000* of less = free online preparation and filing of federal and state tax returns.

* For households earning more than $64,000 in 2016, some fees may apply.

Individuals interested in assistance with tax preparation must make an appointment by calling 2-1-1 or 1-888-826-9790.

Desktop icons are placed on public County Library computers that will take users directly to My Free Taxes.

If you have questions, please contact the CAP Utah program director:


Free Early Literacy Text Messages.*

Text SIGNUP or REGISTRESE to 385.206.6828 and receive tips for growing young learners. We all learn better when WEeLearn together.

*Carrier rates may apply.

Library Board Member Recruitment

The County Library is recruiting new board members for our nine-member policy making board. For information and to apply visit: