The research center took advantage of the closures linked to COVID-19 to renovate itself.
When the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City reopens on July 6, visitors will find it’s not quite their memory.
The Family History Library, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the church used this time to renovate itself, adding improved technology, better lighting, new desktop book scanners, expanded space for interactive experiences and more, according to a recent FamilySearch blog post.
The Family History Library will begin a gradual reopening on July 6 with limited hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours will stretch from there, so check the Family History Library website for the most recent visitor information.
Local FamilySearch libraries and family history centers will open based on direction from church leaders and government direction. Remote services are always available.
According to the blog post, each of the library’s five floors has been revamped to improve the space and help visitors find what they’re looking for.
On all floors, referral desks have been relocated in front of elevators, and new desks also serve clients better, as per the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The remodel also added “a lot more” shelves to accommodate more than 40,000 volumes, the blog says.
Many visitor computer stations now have two or three monitors, and all stations can accommodate visitors’ laptops. Up-to-date microfilm readers and scanners now work with the computers of many visitor workstations so that visitors can examine books and microfilm and make copies of digital images at their workstations, rather than going to a shop. designated scan or copy area.
Other changes include computer stations redistributed to make room for expanded research equipment and an expanded break room with a small kitchenette and ice maker for guests.