|Location||St. Louis County, Missouri|
|Access and use|
|Population served||859,148 (2011)|
|Budget||$60 mil. (2020)|
St. Louis County Library (SLCL) serves residents of St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It is the busiest public library in Missouri, circulating more than 12 million items in 2011. It consists of 20 branches, including the Headquarters branch, which is located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd in Ladue. SLCL is unrelated to the St. Louis Public Library, which serves the city of St. Louis. SLCL services St. Louis County.
St. Louis County Library is supported by the St. Louis County Library District, which includes most of St. Louis County. SLCL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with most of the other libraries in St. Louis County, as well as with the St. Louis Public Library and the St. Charles City-County Library. In 2018 the library joined the MOBIUS and Prospector loan systems.
The St. Louis County Library District is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of five members appointed by the County Council based on a recommendation of the County Executive. The Board of trustees is responsible for selecting and appointing a Library Director. The Director is the chief executive officer of the Library and is responsible for the execution of the orders and policies adopted by the Board. Information concerning the establishment and governance of the Library District can be found in Chapter 182 of the Missouri State Statutes.
The St. Louis County Library District was established as a political subdivision of the State of Missouri with taxing authority by an election held in April 1946. The first library building opened in 1947 and was quickly followed by two branch locations. The 1960s saw an additional four branches, including a new headquarters building and the first of many building expansions. This building boom resulted in the construction of branches throughout the 523 square miles of the county. A tax levy passed in 1973 allowed the library to add 12 branches to the system, bringing the total number of branch locations to 20.
Items available to borrow include books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and video games. Patrons also have access to various online resources, downloadable eBooks, and some web streaming content.
In addition to books and other library materials, SLCL offers free programs and services including computer classes, small business assistance, job help, story times, STEM programming, summer and winter reading clubs, individualized help and more. Individual branches offer a variety of programs as well as public computers, meeting spaces, free public wifi, fax services, printing, document and book scanning.
St. Louis County Library a part of MOBIUS—a partnership of libraries providing patrons with access to over 60 million items from academic, special and public libraries. Patrons can request MOBIUS materials through the MOBIUS online catalog with delivery to their local branch in less than five days.
Founded in 1998, History & Genealogy at St. Louis County library features a research collection of over 95,000 print volumes, 850 periodical titles, and over 40,000 microfilms. History & Genealogy's collection offers unique genealogical and historical sources emphasizing the St. Louis Metropolitan area, the state of Missouri, and states and foreign countries that fed migration into Missouri. History & Genealogy offers access to substantial holdings for Atlantic states, the Northwest Territory, the Louisiana Purchase, and sources for Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the British Isles. At its core are the collections of the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Genealogical Society.
In 2002, History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library became the official home of the National Genealogical Society Collection, which includes over 30,000 items available for circulation or by inter-library loan. Other collections have followed including the William C.E. and Bessie Becker Collection (German, Swiss, British Isles), the Lewis Bunker Rohrbach Collection (Atlantic States, British Isles, Swiss), the Joy A. Reisinger Collection (French Canadian, Northwest Territory), the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Collection, the Mary Berthold Reference Collection, and the St. Louis Jewish Genealogical Society Collection.
History & Genealogy's equipment includes microfilm reader-printers, over-head book scanner, photocopiers, wi-fi, and free access to genealogical and historical research databases. History & Genealogy publishes the monthly newsletter PastPorts in support of historical and genealogical research. History & Genealogy is located at the Headquarters Branch and is open seven days per week. Groups and tours are welcomed by appointment.
|Daniel Boone Branch (Ellisville)||300 Clarkson Rd.|
|Bridgeton Trails Branch (Bridgeton)||3455 McKelvey Rd.|
|Cliff Cave Branch (Unincorporated area, Oakville CDP)||5430 Telegraph Rd.|
|Eureka Hills Branch (Eureka)||103 Hilltop Village Center|
|Florissant Valley Branch (Florissant)||195 New Florissant Rd.|
|Grand Glaize Branch (Manchester)||1010 Meramec Station Rd.|
|Grant's View Branch ||9700 Musick Road|
|Headquarters (Ladue)||1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.|
|Indian Trails Branch (Vinita Park)||8400 Delport Dr.|
|Jamestown Bluffs Branch (Unincorporated area)||4153 N. Hwy 67|
|Lewis and Clark Branch (Moline Acres)||9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd.|
|Meramec Valley Branch (Fenton)||1501 San Simeon Way|
|Mid-County Branch (Clayton)||7821 Maryland Ave.|
|Natural Bridge Branch (Normandy)||7606 Natural Bridge Rd.|
|Oak Bend Branch (Oakland)||842 S. Holmes Ave.|
|Prairie Commons Branch (Hazelwood)||915 Utz Ln.|
|Rock Road Branch (St. Ann)||10267 St. Charles Rock Rd.|
|Samuel C. Sachs Branch (Chesterfield)||16400 Burkhardt Pl.|
|Thornhill Branch (Unincorporated area)||12863 Willowyck Dr.|
|Weber Road Branch (Unincorporated area)||4444 Weber Rd.|