Archived: Sprague Branch Updates

UPDATE 06/25/18: Good news: our long-awaited elevator re-inspection is scheduled for Monday, July 2nd at 8am! Our fingers are crossed that all goes well so we can make the public restrooms and downstairs study space available.

UPDATE 06/14/18: The Sprague Branch recently installed adjustable umbrellas on our east patio! The added shade will help make all of the events taking place this summer that much more comfortable. They were already put to good use during our 90th Birthday Celebration last weekend.

UPDATE 05/31/18: This week at Sprague we have had the elevator motor fixed and are now waiting on a date for the inspection. If it passes we should be ready to open the restrooms and small space downstairs.

In addition, we have re-configured our staff desks and added another public express computer. We now have 6 public computers and often all computers are in use, so we are very grateful for the addition.

UPDATE 05/24/18: Progress with the elevator continues to be slow. A second inspection was conducted on the elevator on May 16, and it was determined that a new elevator motor should be ordered and installed. The new part is expected to arrive next week.

We're getting excited for the summer and recently installed two new outdoor umbrellas! They are permanently placed on the East patio and will provide shade for so many summer events, including our popular outdoor concert series.

UPDATE 05/03/18: Our alarm system passed inspection this week and maintenance staff continued with restroom refurbishment and repairs. We are still waiting on a part for the elevator before it can be re-inspected. Once the elevator is completed, we can set an opening date for the lower level teen and study area.

UPDATE 04/24/18: This past week we had another setback with the elevator not passing inspection. However, we are still prepping the space and gearing up for its opening. Instead of housing the children’s materials, the new lower level space will include access to public restrooms, more public computers, the teen fiction collection, and additional study space. It will also be a place for small-scale family programming.

UPDATE 04/19/18:A safety inspection has revealed some additional work that is required on the elevator— we expect this will delay the opening of the lower level. A new timeline has yet to be set, but we will continue to update as we learn more.

UPDATE 04/17/18: This past week we have been drying out a brick wall in the downstairs children’s room. The good news is that our air quality study came back with good results and a recent scan of the sewer line reveals that the line is sound. The brick will continue to be exposed in order to dry out completely.

UPDATE 04/09/18: Repairs on the lower level are continuing to progress. This week our maintenance team put the finishing touches on the staircase and railing. In the children's room the south wall had some water damage repaired. Final inspection is scheduled for April 19 — if all goes well, we plan to open the lower level in the week following.

UPDATE 03/30/18:Repairs, inspections, and approvals continue but have taken longer than expected. Air quality tests in the Sprague Branch's lower level have shown clean air throughout. We currently expect access to the elevator, Children's area, and public bathrooms to be restored before the end of April.

UPDATE 01/19/18:The repair on the elevator has proceeded on schedule and the elevator is now fully operational. However, additional work is needed on the alarm system, including the installation of phone lines, followed by inspections, which can't occur until late February. Therefore, access to the Children’s area and the public bathrooms are expected to be restored by early March.

The Library has received six proposals in response to an RFP to engage the services of an Architect to provide Architect of Record (AOR) services for the upgrade and renovation of the Sprague Branch Library. A team of 10 members, including a representative from the Library Board and from the Sugar House community, have evaluated the proposals and narrowed them down to three. Interviews with the finalists have been scheduled for January 24th.

Additionally, the Library has received three proposals in response to an RFP from qualified fundraising consultants to conduct a feasibility study of a supplemental capital campaign to upgrade and renovate the Sprague Branch Library. The study will also look at the feasibility of engaging in a longer capital campaign to raise funds for additional renovation projects. The contract has been awarded to the Pathway Associates. A final report and recommendation from Pathway will be delivered at the end of April.

UPDATE 11/22/17: Repairs required to open portions of the lower level of the Sprague Branch are continuing. Library personnel met with the elevator repair company this week, and parts to repair the elevator are due to be received by the end of December. The repairs should take approximately four weeks to complete, followed by inspections and adjustments. If all goes according to schedule, The City Library is hopeful to open the elevator, the Children’s Library, and the public restrooms in early February.

The Library is currently accepting proposals for renovation of the Sprague Branch. These proposals will help us understand the expected costs. Based on the expected costs, the Board will determine if we have funds available to move forward with a renovation. If funds are not immediately available, the Board will consider a range of options including a capital fundraising campaign.

We will continue to provide updates and information about renovation timelines as it becomes available.

UPDATE 10/23/17: The City Library’s Sprague Branch reopened with limited service on Monday, October 23. The main level of the building is open with “express services,” including holds pick-up, a small collection of materials, a handful of public access computers with shortened time limits, and free public WiFi Internet access. The lower level and restrooms will not be available to the public. Weekly storytimes will continue to take place at Legacy Village, 1212 E. Wilmington Ave.

"We're so touched by the support we’ve received from the Sugar House community," said Cherie Kofoed, Acting Manager of the Sprague Branch. "We can’t wait to see our friends and neighbors at Sprague once again."

The City Library estimates repairs to the Children’s Room, public restrooms, and elevator to access the lower level will be completed by the end of the year. While a complete timeline is still in development, the Salt Lake City Public Library expects that the public meeting room, teen area, and nonfiction areas, will not be reopened to the public for some time. The Library administration and Board are currently working to identify funding and make plans for the additional repairs.

"I’m grateful for how the Sugar House community has rallied around its library the last several weeks,” said Peter Bromberg, Executive Director of The City Library. “We’re excited for this first step in getting the Sprague Branch back in service. But we also know there is a great deal of work ahead of us. We are dedicated to keeping you involved and informed over the coming months, and I know the Sprague Branch has a bright future in Sugar House."

For more information on the original closure and flood damage, click here.


We at The City Library want to express just how grateful we are for the overwhelming show of support for the Sprague Branch. Many community members have asked how they can help out, offering up their time, money, talents, and labor towards repairing the building. We want everyone to know that our maintenance team—along with professional cleanup and construction crews—are conducting repairs, and that that process is already underway.

There are a number of ways you can help out:

• Consider supporting the Friends of The City Library, a partner organization that is well-positioned to help us address these unexpected and unbudgeted costs. The Friends have a donation button on their website (, run The Library Store at the Main Library, and offer memberships for as little as $10. Donations to the Friends are tax deductible.

• Share your photos, memories, and stories of the Sprague Branch on social media and use the hashtag #MySprague. Let the world know how much the Sugar House neighborhood library means to you!

• Keep connected via Facebook (, Twitter (@slcpl), and on our website for updates.


Sprague librarians have worked out a way to offer weekly Sugar House Storytimes at their temporary home in Legacy Village (1212 E. Wilmington Ave). The nearest City Library locations are the Anderson-Foothill Branch at 1135 South 2100 East and the Main Library at 210 East 400 South. Our stellar staff from the Sprague Branch will be dispersed throughout the system, so you can still find your favorite librarians at our other locations.

The City Library also offer ebooks, eaudiobooks, downloadable magazines and music, streaming movies, and more at

All Salt Lake County residents can sign up for a free card with Salt Lake County Library Services. The County Library has a few branches near Sugar House: Columbus Library at 2530 South 500 East; Smith Library at 810 East 3300 South; and Millcreek Community Library at 2266 East Evergreen Avenue.