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Plans for New History & Genealogy Center and Administrative Building Announced

Plans were announced in December 2018 for a new History & Genealogy Center and an Administrative building. St. Louis County Library has purchased approximately 6 acres near the intersection of Clayton Road and Spoede Road in Frontenac, Missouri for the new building. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2019. The timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. 

The History & Genealogy Center will hold SLCL’s substantial genealogy and local history collection which includes over 100,000 print items, 850 periodical titles, 40,000 microfilm rolls, and a variety of electronic databases, as well as several rare collections including the St. Louis Genealogical Society Collection, the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection, the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection and the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis Collection. Currently, the collection resides in a 5,500 square foot area at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 

The Administrative area will support all materials processing, bookmobiles, programming development, information technology, marketing, and administration for SLCL’s 20-branch system. 

The project will be designed by BatesForum Architects and are funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Following the completion of the History & Genealogy and Administrative building, a new branch library and event center will be constructed at the current Headquarters location, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., by 2022.

More details about the construction projects can be found at www.slcl.org/your-library-renewed.