Whitmore Library celebrates 40 years

Whitmore Library celebrates 40 years
Posted on 08/18/2014

by Nyssa Fleig

If you’ve visited your library recently, you may have noticed our 75 Years of Change banner, marking 75 years of service for the Salt Lake County Library System. Alongside this anniversary, Whitmore Library is proud to be celebrating our 40th birthday.


Whitmore Library was built on land donated by Rich Whitmore of the Whitmore Oxygen Company. Within six weeks of the opening, more than 50,000 people had come through the doors. The library was so popular that an addition (now the popular children’s room) was built in 1977. The library also housed system headquarters until 2012, when the library administration moved to the new West Jordan Library.

Since its opening, Whitmore has undergone many renovations and changes. This year saw the installation of a new book check-in machine, which automatically checks books in, even when the library is closed. However, over the years our core mission to make a positive difference in the lives of our customers has remained the same.

We figure you can’t have a birthday without a party, so we are planning a birthday celebration in September. We would love for you to participate by sharing your library stories, memories, and reminiscences. When was the first time you visited Whitmore Library? Can you remember getting your first library card? Did you ever check out film from our film library? Submit your story, old or new, by e-mail to azanarini@slcolibrary.org or stop by the library to share your story. People of all ages are encouraged to participate.