Nov 2, 2021

Family History Library Expands Hours of Operation

The following press release was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is moving to Phase 2 reopening plans. Beginning November 6, 2021, the library will expand its days of operation to include Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Phase 1 included Monday through Friday only). Starting the week of November 15, 2021, the library is tentatively scheduled to open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. by appointment only.

Evening access will be limited to main floor services unless otherwise requested. Individuals, and youth, church, and genealogical groups will be able to make appointments. Group reservations for daytime hours are available now under the Visit Us tab on the Family History Library web page. Evening reservations will be available in the same manner as they become available. Appointments will be based on space and equipment availability for up to 150 people.

In recent months, the Family History Library has undergone major renovations and improvements to better serve guests. A newly completed visitor breakroom on the main floor provides more space and comfortable seating for guests to eat and relax and can comfortably accommodate groups. Tables and seating have been upgraded and additional vending machines provide a variety of food options.

The facilities on the research floors have been updated with more research materials, computer stations with multiple monitors, adjustable desktops, better ADA handicapped access, and an improved personal help system.


Phase 2 hours will continue through the holiday season, and holiday activities will include the library’s traditional “Christmas Around the World” event. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and from December 23 through 26. It will reopen on Monday, December 27 and remain open with Phase 2 hours through New Year’s Eve. The Family History Library web page will provide up-to-date information on hours and library activities.


FamilySearch family history centers and affiliate libraries around the world work in association with the Family History Library; however, their hours of operation are directed by their local ecclesiastical leaders and applicable government guidelines. If you plan to visit a local FamilySearch center soon, please call ahead to verify its hours of operation.


Popular distance services will continue, including online one-on-one virtual consultationslibrary look-up servicesFamilySearch Communities, and a growing selection of online classes and webinars.

The Family History Library is the flagship discovery facility of FamilySearch International and a popular destination. It serves beginner to professional family history patrons from all over the world and is a top tourist attraction for the state of Utah. It will continue to expand its hours of operation based on current conditions, staffing capacity, and ecclesiastical guidelines.

Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.


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FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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