Main Library Now Open
The Weber County Main Library reopened April 4, 2018, after being closed for 18-months to undergo a complete renovation and restoration. During an Open House that followed a rededication ceremony on April 7th, the public was introduced to a completely renovated and restored community learning platform that includes technology-centric spaces dedicated to teaching as well as learning.
A greatly expanded youth services area occupies half of the third level and features interactive flooring, children's computers, and enhanced collections of books, educational toys, and non-print materials. Mishka, the Main Library's life size polar bear mascot, returned to welcome children to their new spaces. A teen center on the first floor includes cafe style booths, gaming computers, large screen projection, and study spaces.
The Library also features a large auditorium with cinema-quality projection and surround sound, meeting rooms, and a literacy training center. All Library venues provide the public with a robust presentation infrastructure.
The central atrium on the second and third levels frame a two story, lighted sculpture that can also be viewed from large exterior window expanses on all four sides of the building. The sculpture serves as an intellectual beacon, signifying the important work community members undertake within the Library walls. A large, double-sided exhibits case provides ample space to display the Library's collection of natural history and fine arts collections.
A privately operated cafe on the main floor offers food and beverage services and catering for events and meeting held in Library venues, including an outdoor terrace and performance area.
The Weber County Main Library was originally dedicated on April 4, 1968 and was built to better serve the residents of the ever-growing Ogden area. Built at a cost of $1,750,000; designed by one of Utah’s preeminent architects, John L. Piers; and furnished with trappings designed by the famous team of Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Herman Miller, the Weber County Main Library is one of the most distinctive buildings in northern Utah. It has served as the headquarters library for the System through the decades and has a provided a community gathering place and information hub for over forty-five years. ABOUT THE MAIN LIBRARY RENOVATION
The Main Library, located at 2464 Jefferson Avenue, serves as the repository for much of the System's reference collection and houses Special Collections, the law Library, the System's Administration team, Technical Services, and our Information Technology Department. It offers a computer lab for business and professional research, computers for public use, free WIFI, a large collection of educational and popular DVDs, a circulating music collection, and a large Periodicals Department that retains magazine and newspaper titles. The Main Library has rooms available for public use on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as rooms that can be reserved for public and private functions.
The Main Library offers numerous programs including children's Discovery Time, bilingual Story Fiesta, a youth Chess Club, book discussions, film screenings, music festivals, cultural programs, exhibits, and a plethora of other activities for all ages. Numerous computer classes are taught in both English and Spanish and an eMedia Kiosk is available to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. This location also houses a foreign language collection.