A Glimpse Into Your County Library’s Past

Have you ever wondered when your County Library System started?  What the Sandy library branch looked like back in 1960? 
 
Salt Lake County Archives maintains administrative records, photographs, and annual reports documenting the history of the Salt Lake County Library System.  Records start in 1939 and continue to the present.  
 
Here is a snapshot of the Library System as it was during 1960-1966:
 

The County Library System was organized in 1937 by County Librarian Ruth Vine Tyler.   Ruth Vine Tyler guided the library system through many years, and was still head librarian in 1966.   A library branch in Midvale is named in her honor.  

(A very effective and illustrative picture, but does anyone believe that these children behaved this well, even back in 1966?)

 

 Here was your library system staff for the year 1966:

 

These employees ran all of the library branches, 4 bookmobiles, and also additional locations:

 

The total number of library cards in force for the year of 1966 was 114,759.

 Images sources, top to bottom:

Salt Lake County Library System Annual Report, 1960

Salt Lake County Library System Annual Report, 1966

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Salt Lake County Library System Annual Report, 1960

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