ABOUT THE LIBRARY
Library service has long been important to the residents of Highland.
From 1994 to 2001, residents of Highland and Alpine were served by a joint-use library facility at Mountain Ridge Junior High School. That arrangement was eventually terminated, and in 2001 the entire library collection was relocated to the old Highland City building for storage.
In 2008, Highland City built a new city hall and dedicated a portion of the building for a city library. The Highland City Library officially opened in January 2009.
In 2016, the Library received permission to convert a public meeting room into a children’s room for the Library. The Foundation funded the construction, and the new children’s room opened in the spring of 2018.
Highland City Library Stats
Location: 5400 West Civic Center Drive, Suite 2, Highland, Utah 84003
Director: Donna Cardon firstname.lastname@example.org
Size: 4,000 square feet
Collection: about 40,700 physical items, plus thousands of e-books and audiobooks available through Overdrive and TumbleBooks
Annual Circulation: about 190,000 physical items, and 60,000 digital items
Weekly: 4 story times, 3 after-school programs
Monthly: grandparents day, parent/child book club
Annual: winter and summer reading, fairytale ball, seasonal celebrations
How the Library Stacks Up
The Highland City Library has the third smallest square feet per capita of public libraries in the state. It is in the lowest 15% in local funding per capita, collection expenditures per capita, and number of staff compared to other small public libraries (those serving a population of 50,000 or less).
Despite this, the Highland City Library is ranked in the top 30% of small public libraries in participation in library programs and percentage of collection items (both physical and electronic) that circulate every year.
The Library's Greatest Need
The Library needs to increase the physical size of the library. To bring the Highland City Library up to Utah's average library square footage per capita, the Library would have to go from 4,000 square feet to about 20,000 square feet.
The Foundation is working to make this happen, and we need your help.
What could the Library do with extra space?
Expand the physical collection
Create a designated story room
Include meeting rooms and study areas
Cultivate a collection of book club book sets
Establish a collection of non-book items like games, tools, science kits, and technology
Design a maker space with items like a 3D printer