- History of the Summit County Library
The Summit County Library operates three branch libraries and a bookmobile.
The Kimball Junction Branch is the result of a quest which began in 1991 by Lou Jean Nelson. She was able to open a “Reading Room” with the help of local volunteers and tremendous community support. In 1995 the Utah State Library Division upgraded the status to “Library” and it was able to receive the same support services as other libraries in the state (interlibrary loan, state supported training, eligibility to apply for state and federal grants, etc.). It had a collection of 2,500 books. After enjoying the success of a small library, public demand started the ball rolling and Summit County funds were appropriated for a new library building. On November 17, 2001, the Kimball Junction Branch of the Summit County Library System opened its doors in the Sheldon Richins Building located at 6505 North Landmark Drive in Park City, Utah. With the addition of a roundabout west of the Sheldon Richins Building, the library’s address changed to 1885 West Ute Boulevard. Current holdings in 2012 are 50,633.
For 25 years the citizens in the Kamas area lobbied for a library. In 1989 the Kamas Branch Library was opened in the Summit County Services Building with full library service, including children’s preschool and summer story time, two part-time clerks, and a collection donated by the community and State Library. In 1997 an addition to the library was completed and the collection expanded. During the millennial year this branch saw significant improvements and services including a full-time branch manager and Internet access computers for patrons. In 2004, the children’s area was enlarged. Current holdings in 2012 are 23,379.
The Coalville Branch Library was originally the Bookmobile Headquarters operating with a closed-door policy until 1989. Public demand again called for a fixed-site library. Coalville City, on behalf of their citizens, contacted Summit County for help in implementing this service. Summit County funded Coalville City $50,000 to enlarge the Coalville City offices to include 1,000 square feet for a public library. In 2011 Summit County funds were appropriated to renovate the old hospital building into a combined Library/Health Department. On January 12, 2012 the library was moved from the Coalville City building to the new facility and the doors opened on Friday, January 13. On January 25, 2012 a special ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the newly renovated facility. For more history about the Summit County Hospital, click here. Current holdings in 2012 are 16,000.
The Summit County Bookmobile joined with Rich County in the mid-1970s to become the Summit/Rich Bookmobile. In January of 2002 Summit County entered into an agreement with the State of Utah to take over the Summit/Rich Bookmobile Headquarters in Coalville. In November of 2002, Summit County and Rich County bookmobile services were separated. In 2007 the State sold the bookmobile to Summit County and the County continued to provide bookmobile services on its own. Summit County purchased a new bookmobile which was delivered in the late summer of 2009. Summit County artist Sarah Holden was commissioned to design the wrap for the bookmobile. It continues to visit local schools, senior centers, and the rural towns of Henefer, Wanship, Oakley, Francis, and Woodland on a regular schedule. Current holdings in 2012 are 5,783.