Peter Bromberg Selected as Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library

Peter Bromberg has been selected as the next Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library. Bromberg will begin on September 12, 2016.

“The Board is pleased to welcome Peter Bromberg as the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Executive Director,” said Library Board member Alberta Comer, who served as Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee. “Peter’s experience, perspective, leadership, and creativity will help ensure that The City Library continues its proud tradition of engaging and meeting the needs of our diverse community.”

"We look forward to working with Peter as he guides the overall direction of the Library and develops – in association with the community, Library staff, and Board – innovative strategic initiatives for how we will provide resources and services over the next several years," said Library Board President Emilie Charles.

Bromberg has served as the Associate Director for Public Services at the Salt Lake County Library Services, Associate Director of Princeton (NJ) Public Library, and Assistant Director at the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC). He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Rutgers School of Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers. He is nationally recognized through his library leadership and advocacy work, especially as a Board Member of EveryLibrary, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives.

Bromberg is “excited and honored” to be selected as The City Library’s Executive Director. “As both a librarian and a patron, I have been impressed by the forward-thinking, innovative, and community-focused approach of the Library,” said Bromberg. “The staff, Board, and Friends have so much talent, intelligence, and passion for libraries, and I look forward to working with them closely in continuing to create meaningful library services for the residents of Salt Lake City.”

Bromberg said his initial priority is “to listen and learn. I will focus on building understanding and trust with the staff, as well as building relationships with city officials, local leaders, and all Library stakeholders, in order to inform the Library’s important role in helping the community realize its aspirations.”

The Salt Lake City Public Library consists of a Main Library and seven branches, serving a city of more than 190,000 people with a budget of roughly $18 million. It has consistently ranked as a Five-Star Library on Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. The Main Library’s ground-breaking architecture embodies the idea that a library is more than a repository of books—it reflects and engages the city’s imagination and aspirations—and the system’s seven branches expand this vision of the public library into Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods. In 2015 and 2016, The City Library opened two new branches in the Glendale and Marmalade neighborhoods, respectively, expanding its reach into growing and diverse areas of the community.