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Library director says Utah libraries are busier than ever

Jul 9, 2024, 8:40 AM

Despite what you may think, the Weber County Library Director says Utah libraries are busier than e...

FILE: The Kearns library branch is pictured on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Despite what you may think, the Weber County Library Director says Utah libraries are busier than ever before. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah libraries are busier than ever before.

In an age where information is at our fingertips, you might think that library use would be on the decline. However, Weber County Library Director, Lynnda Wangsgard said it’s actually the opposite.

“Without a doubt, this is the busiest the public library has ever been in our community,” she said.

According to Wangsgard, last year, almost nine items per capita were borrowed from libraries in Weber County. Library facilities like meeting rooms and classrooms also saw an increase of 25%.

Additionally, Wangsgard said people are looking for credible information they can find at the library rather than on social media. They also like the sense of community it provides.

“They’re looking for valid sources of information [and] for facts,” she said. “They’re looking for information that has been vetted.”

Libraries also serve as important gathering places for the community. They serve as third places when there aren’t many left, according to Wangsgard.

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Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

Britt Johnson is a reporter and anchor for KSL NewsRadio.  

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Library director says Utah libraries are busier than ever