In fall 2018, the Salt Lake City Public Library received three awards in recognition of the work that they do and the way that they do it:
• For the second year in a row, the Salt Lake City Public Library was named a “Top Workplace” by The Salt Lake Tribune.
• The City Library was recognized by Library Journal as a Five Star Library.
• The City Library was recently honored by Utah Business Magazine with a Green Business Award.
On November 2, The Salt Lake Tribune released their annual list of Utah’s Top Workplaces. The City Library made the list for the second year in a row, joining 84 other public, private, nonprofit, or governmental organizations. This designation is based on staff responses to the annual Energage Survey which measures staff engagement and organizational health in seven different areas.
The Library was also recognized by Library Journal as a Five Star Library, up from four stars in 2017. Of 7,361 U.S. public libraries scored, only 85 were named Five Star Libraries. Library Journal awards stars based on measurable statistics including library visits, total amount of items borrowed, circulation of electronic-resources including ebooks and audiobooks, program attendance, and public computer/Internet use. First published in 1876, Library Journal is a national publication with a circulation of approximately 100,000.
On October 25, the Library was honored by Utah Business Magazine with a Green Business Award, given to organizations "who have contributed to the greater well-being of our state."
"Libraries are fundamentally green, allowing the reuse of materials and shared resources," said Utah Business Magazine. "But the Salt Lake City Public Library offers sustainable resources for their community by providing access to sustainable education. In 2017, they converted an unused outdoor space into a community garden where they host workshops about gardening in an urban environment. This fall, they'll be offering programs like 'Recycling 101.' Their newest branches, Glendale and Marmalade, were specifically designed to be energy-efficient. As a community-learning organization, they strive to lead by example. And they believe that a greater sharing of information will provide people with better access to sustainable solutions for their businesses and at home."
Library Executive Director Peter Bromberg said, "We've never been very concerned with awards, and have always been motivated more by the joy and challenges of making a real difference in people's lives. But it is affirming to see the Library recognized in a variety of areas, and I think these recognitions are to the organization what healthy vital signs are to the body — signs that we are fundamentally healthy."
"Ultimately, these recognitions are signifiers of the great work that our staff does in providing incredible library service to the people of Salt Lake City every day. Thanks to all of our staff for their contributions to the meaningful work we do here at the City Library!"