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J. Willard Marriott Library
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Country United States
Type Academic
Established 1969
Location University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates 40°45′45″N 111°50′46″W / 40.7625°N 111.8461°W / 40.7625; -111.8461Coordinates: 40°45′45″N 111°50′46″W / 40.7625°N 111.8461°W / 40.7625; -111.8461
Size 3,000,000
Access and use
Population served University of Utah
Other information
Director Joyce L. Ogburn
Phone number 801-581-8558

J. Willard Marriott Library is the main undergraduate and graduate library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is dedicated to J. Willard Marriott, the founder of Marriott International. The library is over 500,000 square feet in size and houses over 3 million volumes.[1]



The 1900 library as it appeared in the 1905 University of Utah Yearbook

The first library was established in 1850 when the school was founded. In 1900 the library was located in the LeRoy Cowles Building on Presidents Circle.[2] In 1935 the library moved to the George Thomas Library Building on Presidents Circle, which now serves as the Utah Museum of Natural History.[2]

In 1968 the library moved to its permanent location when the new J. Willard Marriott Library was dedicated.[2] In 1996 the library was rededicated after a 210,000 square foot expansion, which almost doubled the library's size.[2]

A major renovation project began in June 2005 and concluded in June 2009.[2] The purpose of the renovation was to improve the seismic stability of the building, provide clearer pathways through the building, improve environmental controls, and allow for more natural light.[3] Several additions were also made to the building including an automated retrieval and storage system that can store up to 2 million items,[4] additional classrooms and teaching labs, additional study areas, a rooftop garden, an advanced technology studio, and a new indoor café.[3]


The Library's Special Collections include the 1949–2006 papers of Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts from 1985 to 2006.

The Aziz Atiya Library, which is located in the Marriot Library, is named after the founder of the Middle East Center Aziz Suryal Atiya and is the fifth largest library for Middle East studies in North America.[5]

The University of Utah Press

The University of Utah Press, now part of the Marriott Library, is the oldest university press in Utah. This university press publishes books on topics including the outdoors, anthropology and archaeology, linguistics, creative nonfiction, Mesoamerica, Native American studies, and Utah, Mormon, and Western history.[6][7]


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