Salt Lake City downtown library reopens after plumbing repairs

The main library experienced a “critical failure” to its main sewer line in January.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake City Public Library celebrates 120 years of service Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The main library reopened on Saturday after plumbing repairs from a sewer line failure in January.

Salt Lake City’s Main Library reopened Saturday morning after shutting down last month due to a “critical failure” to the downtown building’s main sewer line.

The library, located at 210 E. 400 South, was forced to close on Jan. 19 after employees noticed a small leak in the building. All books and materials are safe from the leak and there was no damage to the building, the library said in a news release.

The library’s water was turned off while crews worked to replace the sewer line, which was why the building closed to the public. While the downtown library was closed, due dates and hold times on all items there were extended, officials said.

The Main Library opened in February 2003. Built at a cost of $84 million, the structure is noted for its striking architecture — a five-story, triangular structure that houses the stacks and readers’ facilities; a rectangular administration wing; and a glass-enclosed “urban room, all behind a crescent-shaped wall.”