The new Meramec Valley Branch will open on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the Your Library Renewed campaign. Construction on the Meramec Valley Branch began in May 2018.
The new Meramec Valley Branch is located at 1501 San Simeon Way, St. Louis MO 63026.
The new branch will replace the former Meramec Valley Branch, located at 625 New Smizer Mill Road in Fenton. The old location will close on April 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
The previous location of the Meramec Valley Branch was the smallest branch in the Library District, measuring 2,690 square feet. 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. Unlike the old branch, the new Meramec Valley will be open on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 pm.
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.
The new Meramec Valley Branch was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects. The budget was $5.6 million and was funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative.
The Meramec Valley Branch is the 17th location to be renovated or replaced as part of the Your Library Renewed campaign. Construction is currently underway at the Mid-County Branch, which is scheduled to reopen in summer 2019. The timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.