Springville Public Library

45 South Main

Springville, UT 84663

 

(801) 489-2720

 

 

Welcome to Springville Library!

Springville Library is nestled in the heart of Springville, Utah, a community known for its arts and culture. Serving a community of 34,000 citizens, the library strives to transform lives through a world of knowledge, discovery, and imagination.

We are dedicated to serving the community and making sure that your visit to the library is a pleasant experience. Our resources and dedication to customer service have earned us the “Best of State” library award for six years in a row.

We welcome you and look forward to helping you on your path of discovery!

Dan Mickelson
Library Director

History

In 1900, industrialist Andrew Carnegie offered New York City $5.2 million to construct 65 libraries. Having already erected a handful of libraries, his offer to New York marked the beginning of a drastic increase in philanthropic library building.

Towns across the United States petitioned the Carnegie Foundation for libraries. His assistant, James Bertram was tasked with dispensing of grants for libraries. He asked the requesting municipalities to answer a series of questions and commit to the following:

• Pay staff and maintain the library;

• Draw from public funds to run the library;

• Annually provide 10 percent of construction costs; and,

• Provide free service to all.

A $10,000 grant helped Springville build one of Carnegie’s 2,509 libraries (Utah eventually had 23). The Springville Carnegie Library was built at 175 South Main Street and completed in 1922. Louisa Rowland was the first librarian and recorded a circulation of 25,418 in the library’s 10th year. Art City’s Carnegie-assisted library served as the city public library for 43 years. The structure now functions as the Pioneer Museum, operated by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  The library at 50 S Main St. was dedicated on November 14, 1965. The current library, at 45. S Main St., was opened on October 29, 2011.

Carnegie Library
The Carnegie Library, 1922
Carnegie Library
The Carnegie Library, 1953

Library Goals

  1. Collection – Support Springville’s passion for reading, personal development and learning.
  2. Services and Programs – Spark creativity, promote literacy and empower participants.
  3. Facility – Be a destination that encourages users to explore, interact, learn, study and gather.
  4. Community Engagement – Actively seek opportunities to involve and support the Springville community.
  5. Staff Development – Provide excellent customer service and reliable knowledge as we facilitate access to the library’s resources.