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All St. Louis County Locations Closed Until Further Notice

All St. Louis County Library locations are closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check the SLCL website for updates, information will also be shared on the Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The decision to close is a difficult one. The employees of St. Louis County Library care deeply about serving our community. We recognize that the Library and its many programs and services are an invaluable resource. However, we view this as the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities at this time.

St. Louis County Library has been working in conjunction with the leadership teams at St. Louis Public Library and St. Charles City-County Library to make coordinated decisions in the best interest of the public. The nine libraries of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis are considering similar measures. We will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. 

Patrons can access a variety of online resources remotely including eBooks, audiobooks, streaming content such as movies, TV shows and music, digital magazines, online classes and so much more. Visit our Virtual Branch to get started: www.slcl.org/virtual-branch

Frequently Asked Questions

My items are overdue, how can I return them?

Due dates on materials will be extended during the closure. Patrons are asked to keep materials at home until the library reopens. Book drops will not be available during the closure  When the library reopens, you will be given plenty of time to return your materials.

Will my holds still be ready for pick-up when the library reopens?

All holds will be left in place until the library reopens. Patrons will be given ample time to pick up any held materials.

Can I get library materials through curbside service?

We are not currently offering curbside service. The safety of our staff, patrons and the community is extremely important to us. There is evidence that the Covid-19 virus has the potential for surviving on surfaces, which is why we made the decision not to offer curbside service. Please visit our Virtual Branch to learn about eMedia and other online services.

Does the library offer any resources or entertainment through online access?

SLCL continues to offer access to resources such as streaming content and online learning even though our branches are closed. Visit our Virtual Branch for details. To access content you will need a valid library card. On the Virtual Branch page is a link to apply for an online library card if you do not have a card. If you experience account issues when trying to access material on our Virtual Branch, complete the Contact Us form.

I’m trying to access my account, but don’t remember my PIN?

If you forgot your PIN or need to reset your PIN, complete this form.

What if I experience technical issues when accessing eMedia materials?

Look for the Get Assistance links on our eMedia page. If additional support is needed, see if our Book A Trainer service would be a good match.

Can I make a room reservation?

All meeting room reservations scheduled from Monday, March 16 through May 31, 2020 have been canceled. Refunds for any meetings for which we have received payment will be refunded. In addition, we are not accepting any new meeting room reservations until further notice. 

Meeting Room Sign-Up Day scheduled for April 4th has been canceled. At this time we have no information on whether this event will be rescheduled.

Are you still hosting author events and programs?

We regret that all library programming between Monday, March 16 and May 31, 2020 has been suspended. 

Can you tell me more about Meal service, Diaper Distribution, and Period Supply Kits?

St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search are providing drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week at nine SLCL branches. More information about Drive-Thru Meals is available here. Children do not need to be present to receive the meals

St. Louis County Library is partnering with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank to provide families in need with drive-thru emergency diapers at four library branches. Period supply kits will also be available from the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies on Fridays. More information about Drive-Thru Emergency Diapers is available here. Children MUST be present in order to receive emergency diapers. 

How can I make a donation?

If you are considering a monetary donation, you can donate through the St. Louis County Library Foundation. They are currently supporting some of the costs associated with the Drive Thru Meals and the Drive Thru Emergency Diapers events. 

If you are considering a donation of goods, Operation Food Search may be contacted to donate food, and the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank will gladly accept diaper donations. The library will also accept donations of unopened diaper packs at the 9 locations hosting Drive-thru Meals, on behalf of the St Louis Area Diaper Bank.

If the library is closed, how can I still work on my family history?

While the History and Genealogy Department remains closed, online research sources are still available. Limited Lookup Services and assistance is being offered.  

How can I contact staff during the closure?

Library staff are available via email, text, chat, and phone.

You can text library staff at 314-309-2333 using your mobile device. Staff are available 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday. Please note that standard text message rates may apply.

You can email us by completing the Contact Us form.  

Phone services are only available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 314-994-3300.  Wait times may vary. Please be aware that not all library services are available, which impacts the service you may receive over the phone.