Granite Library for Salt Lake County

South Salt Lake City, UT


Method Studio
Salt Lake County


33,000 sq. ft.


July 2022



Services Provided

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, LEED, Geothermal

The Granite Library, completed in 2022, is a state-of-the-art, multi-functional facility located in South Salt Lake. Designed to serve as a vibrant community hub, the library aims to promote education, literacy, and engagement for people of all ages. With its modern architecture, eco-friendly design, and innovative technology, the Granite Library sets new standards for public libraries in the 21st century.

The Granite Library boasts a contemporary and open design, featuring large windows, inviting spaces, and natural lighting. The facility spans approximately 50,000 square feet, housing a vast collection of print and digital materials, along with dedicated spaces for various purposes. Key features of the library include:

Children’s Area: A spacious, colorful, and interactive area designed to stimulate creativity and learning among children, featuring age-appropriate materials, play areas, and technology.

Teen Zone: A dedicated space for teenagers, providing access to multimedia resources, study spaces, and collaborative areas for group projects and activities.

Makerspace: A fully-equipped makerspace, encouraging hands-on learning and creativity with access to tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and electronics.

Digital Media Lab: A cutting-edge media lab providing resources for digital content creation, including video and audio editing tools, graphic design software, and digital art equipment.

Study and Meeting Rooms: A variety of study rooms and meeting spaces available for reservation, accommodating different group sizes and equipped with advanced presentation technology.

Outdoor Spaces: Beautifully landscaped outdoor areas, featuring a reading garden, event spaces, and seating areas for relaxation and socialization.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency:

The Granite Library emphasizes environmental sustainability and incorporates various eco-friendly design elements. These include:

Energy-efficient lighting: LED lights and large windows to maximize natural lighting, reducing energy consumption.

Green roof: A vegetated rooftop garden that aids in reducing the heat island effect, managing stormwater, and improving air quality.

Solar panels: An array of solar panels installed to generate renewable energy and offset the library’s electricity consumption.

Water-efficient landscaping: Drought-tolerant plants and smart irrigation systems to minimize water usage.

High-performance HVAC systems: Energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to maintain optimal indoor air quality and comfort.

The Granite Library in South Salt Lake stands as a testament to the power of combining modern architecture, technology, and eco-friendly design to create a welcoming and inspiring space for the community. This innovative facility will serve as a vital resource for education, personal growth, and community engagement for years to come.

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