UPDATE 10/6/23: Preparation Complete for new Ballpark Location
The City Library and GSBS Architects have finalized preparation for the upcoming Ballpark Express Branch. Expected to open in Summer 2024, this small library will offer Ballpark residents the chance to pick up holds, browse a small collection of materials, or use public computers and Wi-Fi.
The property sits at 1406 S. West Temple, across from the neighborhood’s namesake Smith’s Ballpark. Crews will work to renovate an existing residential duplex into a temporary library location. Current plans call for Ballpark Express to serve the neighborhood for 3–5 years. During that time, Library officials will gather data and community feedback in order to build a permanent location tailored to the unique needs of the growing Ballpark area.
The City Library system encompasses the downtown Main Library and seven branches located throughout Salt Lake City. While the Glendale Branch sits relatively close to Ballpark, Library usage – broken down by Census tracts – shows that Ballpark residents are unlikely to travel across I-15. The Ballpark Express branch will improve coverage of library services. Though the permanent collection will be small, patrons can order any book, CD, DVD/Blu-ray, or other item from The City Library’s vast collection and have it delivered to the Ballpark Express branch for convenient pickup.
On November 1, 2021, Mayor Mendenhall announced the new library as part of the Ballpark Station Area Plan. This is a neighborhood improvement plan intended to update infrastructure, services, and amenities to match the pace of residential growth. The Ballpark Neighborhood is defined as the area between State Street and I-15 and between 900 South and 1700 South.