St. Louis County Library buildings are currently closed to the public. Branches are offering curbside service. More information is available on the library's website.
History & Genealogy Services During Headquarters Building Closure
The History & Genealogy Department is currently closed to researchers. The following services are available:
Remote Database Access
- Most library databases can be used at home by St. Louis County Library card holders living in the metropolitan area. The Ancestry Library Edition database, normally restricted to in-library use, can now be used remotely on a temporary basis.
- Information about library cards and an online application is on the library's website.
Library Wi-Fi Access
- The library's Wi-Fi network has been extended to the parking lots at all branches.
Photocopies and Lookup Services
H&G can provide photocopies, prints, or digital scans of many library materials, including:
- Books and periodicals—up to 30 pages from one book or one article from a single journal issue. Staff can also photocopy or scan tables of contents and index pages.
- Microfilmed records—A list of microfilm available in the H&G collection can be viewed online.
- Databases—H&G staff will print out database records if patrons cannot access the database at home.
Please use the online lookup request form and be as specific as possible when submitting requests.
Print Collection Access
One-third of the books in H&G’s collection—more than 27,000—can be checked out. The entire collection is included in the library’s online catalog. Books with call numbers that do not begin with “R” are available to check out. Patrons can request books online or by calling the library. Please note: a limit of two H&G books may be checked out at one time.
- H&G staff members will gladly provide research guidance over the phone or by email.
- Researchers may schedule a phone consultation with an H&G specialist using the online Book-a-Genealogist form.
The H&G Video Tutorials page offers instructional "how-to" videos for genealogical research.