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Library Director Jim Cooper pictureJim Cooper
Library Director

Message from the Director

Imagine a world where everyone is encouraged to celebrate new ideas, to responsibly seek truth and meaning, seek understanding and explore their dreams, and the dreams of others. Salt Lake County residents discover that world when they walk through the door of their local library.

We are no longer the quaint, quiet little reading rooms of the past – we are a vibrant, energized community member and economic driver.  Over 4.5 million people walk through our doors annually, and tens of millions more visit our virtual world by using our web services.  This year over 15 million items will be checked-out of Salt Lake County libraries, we will offer thousands of programs, over 10,000 community groups will use our public meeting rooms, we’ll answer millions of questions and provide over a million computer sessions.  But that’s not the end of our impact on our community – long after we have inspired their imaginations, satisfied their immediate curiosity and provided a comfortable place, our library friends and users will continue to share their discoveries, and the influence of the library ripples out to the whole community.

Along with the opportunity to touch so many lives, comes the obligation to constantly question the status quo.  I often ask myself “What makes a public library great?” especially in a rapidly changing world of new technologies, shifting economies and information overload. Salt Lake County Library Services is fortunate to possess the essential ingredients - great patrons, great staff, great collections and great ideas.

I hope you share my enthusiasm and excitement about the future of Salt Lake County.  With your support we will continue to inspire imaginations, satisfy curiosity and provide a comfortable place for all to visit

Imagine the possibilities!

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