Utah Archives and Libraries
Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
Many societies have libraries and archive holdings, with biographical and genealogical records. These collections will be listed under Utah Societies.
The following libraries and archives are helpful for research in the state of Utah. Search the wiki for the county to locate local libraries, archives, and Family History Centers.
See also United States Archives and Libraries for a more extensive list of libraries on a national basis.
- Pioneer: Utah's Online Library includes Centennial county history series; Utah historical serial publications; Utah Session Laws from 1851 (requires a [Utah] library card).
The Mountain West Digital Library is a search portal for an aggregation of digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It is in partnership with 60 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, cities, counties, and state agencies from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii (coming soon: over 60 new partners in Arizona!)
To locate libraries in Utah, the state library maintains an updated site to public libraries.
- Utah State Library Directory The directory has links to each library web page, provides addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.
State Libraries and Archives
The Utah State Archives and Records Service is a state government agency that works with records created by other state and local governmental entities in Utah. Records of historical value are housed in our permanent collections and are available for research. See the website for holdings and services which include an online catalog and both inhouse and online documents and photos. .
The Archives shares a the historic Rio Grande building with the Utah State Historical Society. The Research Center serves researchers of both organizations. See Research Center for the hours and link to their site.
The Historical Society and the Utah State Archives and Record Service are both housed in the historic Rio Grande building. They share a research facility, the Research Center where there are thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals Center and online. See below for for the hours of operation.
The Utah State Historical Society publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, a helpful resource for Utah research since 1928.
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Research Center hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday
The Research Center serves both the Archives and the Historical Society.
Family History Centers
Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
This is the largest library devoted entirely to genealogical research in the world. It is also associated with more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. The holdings include a large collection of Utah records. Information on the hours, holidays, catalog, collection, services, key resources, and how to prepare to visit the library are on the FamilySearch web site.
The following guide book will help in using the library. It gives suggestions on preparing to visit the library, genealogy research tips, and helps in using the library.
A history of the Genealogical Society of Utah was written during the centennial of the society. This book covers the beginning of the society to 1994. It contains a history of the library, of microfilming, and an overview of the Granite Mountain Records Vault.
BYU Family History Library
Harold B. Lee Library
150 East 1230 North
P. O. Box 26800
Provo, UT 84602-6800
Family History Reference Desk: 801-422-6200
Family History Librarian: 801-422-7661
Internet: BYU Family History Library
Logan Family History Center
50 North Main
Logan, Utah 84323
Reception Desk: 435-755-5594
Ogden Large Multi-stake Family History Center
539 24th Street
Ogden, Utah 84401
Riverton FamilySearch Library
3740 W Market Center Dr.
Riverton, Utah 84065-8026
St. George Large Multi-stake Family History Center
355 South 200 East
St. George, Utah 84770
Church Library and Archive
Church History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800
Library Telephone: 801-240-2745
Archives Telephone: 801-240-2272
Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
- The Church History Library is a stand alone building that sits on the block northeast of Temple Square. You will need to bring identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license, to use some of the records. Church History Library material does not circulate to Family History Centers.
- The library has received the collection from Everton Library. The Everton collection had around 80,000 genealogical volumes.
The Salt Lake City Public Library has a good heraldry collection, and better than average Western Americana collection including books about Mormon and other ethnic pioneers. They participate in inter-library loan service. Their noteworthy genealogically related databases include: HeritageQuest Online, The Pioneer (Utah's online library), Utah Digital Newspapers, Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1865-1970, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Biography Resource Center.
University Libraries and Special Collections
University Libraries may have unique collections useful for history and genealogy. These may include oral history interviews, family collections, and doctoral dissertations, to name a few.
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Gerald R. Sherratt Library Special Collections
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
Toll Free 877-306-3140