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Project Status

Completed. Opened to the public May 15, 2019.

Project Details

Located at 1501 San Simeon Way in unincorporated St. Louis County. 

The new Meramec Valley Branch is a full service library branch encompassing 21,000 square feet. The new branch features a colorful interior, with abundant natural light, comfortable seating, architectural light fixtures, wood accents and contemporary furniture throughout.

The new branch is the third location to feature a Discovery Zone–a space designed to encourage children to explore, play and learn. The Discovery Zone has several unique features including touchscreens, a pneumatic tube maze, a light table, a magnetic wall with gears and a ball maze. The dynamic space also features mirrors for crawlers, a construction-like wall with foam bricks, a story wall with lyrics of four favorite children’s songs, a build-your-own-race-car race track, and a 250 square foot built in playhouse with operable lights, a mail slot, a kitchen set and other play furniture. Ample comfortable seating for parent-child reading and other family-friendly furniture is also featured.

Other amenities at the branch include three private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room with a capacity of 150, a business center, a community garden (spring 2020), a 1/3 mile walking path, and an outdoor reading deck.


View photos of the construction progress.

View photos of the groundbreaking ceremony held on May 30, 2018.

View photos of opening day - May 15, 2019.


  • Children's Discovery Zone 
  • Family Restroom
  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Community Meeting Room
  • Private Study Rooms
  • Vending Area
  • Community Garden
  • Outdoor Reading Deck
  • Outdoor Walking Path
  • Business Center with Fax, Copy and Scanning Machines
  • New Shelving, Furniture and Comfortable Seating


Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects


$5.6 million