Director's Welcome

Kristen Sorth, Libray Director (photo)Thank you for visiting the St. Louis County Library website. As the Director of St. Louis County Library and on behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and our employees, I want to let you know how privileged we feel to provide library service to you.  We are dedicated not just to the library but also to the community it serves. All of us are working to make St. Louis County Library an amazing library now and for years to come.

We are excited about the improvements that are in store for our library system. The updated facilities and services will expand our ability to support the community. Our 19 branches and HQ are an extension of the communities we serve. We are currently developing a new Strategic Plan and are looking forward to sharing that with the community. As always, the St. Louis County Library looks forward to adapting to meet the changing needs of our community.    

Thank you for using St. Louis County Library.   

Kristen L. Sorth
St. Louis County Library Director


Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Louis County Library District is to provide the resources and services to enrich individual minds, enhance lives and expand perspectives.

History of SLCL

The St. Louis County Library District is a political subdivision of the state of Missouri and was established by a vote of the residents of St. Louis County in 1946. In 1947 the first library building opened and was quickly followed by two branch locations in the heavily populated portion of North County. 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 524 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. St. Louis County Library is supported primarily by the property taxes of District residents.

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