LDS Church History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has just completed a decades-long project of which it should be extremely proud. After 15 years of planning and 4 years of construction, the LDS Church History Library goes green! Specifically, the new building has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council LEED silver certifications. And they’ve finally going to open the doors, on June 22, after a tremendous effort to move millions of records and artifacts to the Church History Library.
The Church History Library is located at 15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah. It is open to the general public Monday-Saturday, excluding holidays.
As noted on its website,
The collections of the the Church History Library and Archives contain materials chronicling the history of the Church from its beginning in 1830 to the present day. The collections contain manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for accessing this wide variety of information.
So what does a LEED-certified building include? To begin with, LEED is an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” LEED silver means that the building includes at least 50 of 100 possible points for sustainability, water use, materials and resources, energy use, and indoor air quality.
The LDS Church History Library is seeking LEED silver certification, in recognition of its green roof, efficient heating and cooling (HVAC) system, interior natural light, drought-tolerant landscaping and highly efficient windows and plumbing. The church’s desire to go green for its history library has been noted to be an example of its overall commitment to the community and the environment.
It opens to the public in just over one week. I’m sure there will be additional positive press in the coming days!
Will you visit the new LDS Church History Library?