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New S.L. nonprofit now delivering free books

A proclamation to make Feb. 14 Salt Lake City Public Library Day is read at the Salt Lake City Public Library to celebrate 120 years of service in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Salt Lake City Public Library selectors help manage library book waitlists.
The Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City is pictured on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a nonprofit charity that makes free deliveries of groceries and essential supplies to those that are high-risk or just want to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, has recently partnered with the Salt Lake City Public Library System to provide free books for anyone to keep.

The city’s public libraries are currently closed but are providing services and programs online. Yet, many in the community lack reliable internet connectivity or access to computers or e-readers.

In order to address the digital divide, Friends of the City Library has donated hundreds of books, originally slated to sell in April for the biannual Friends Used Book Sale.

Salt Lake City residents can choose either fiction or nonfiction and two books will be delivered for free to their homes. The limit is two books per delivery.

A request form for the free books can be found on the Neighbors Helping Neighbors website at, or by calling 801-893-1359.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors can only take requests for fiction or nonfiction books at this time and cannot honor requests for specific books.

Volunteers who want to deliver the books may also sign up on the site. Those who wish to join, volunteer with or donate to the Friends of The City Library may do so online.