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SLCL Announces Construction on New Meramec Valley Branch

Press Release

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 2:10p.m.

St. Louis County Library will begin construction on a new library to replace the Meramec Valley Branch in the late 2017 or early 2018. A seven-acre parcel of land has been purchased at 1501 San Simeon Way, the former site of Marshall’s Nursery, in unincorporated St. Louis County. The project is part of a multi-year, $120+ million campaign to renovate or replace 19 branches within the Library District.

The new branch will replace the Meramec Valley Branch, located at 625 New Smizer Mill Road in Fenton. The current location is 2,690 square feet, the smallest in the Library District. The branch will remain open during construction.

The new Meramec Valley Branch will be full service library branch encompassing 21,000 square feet. The new branch will feature a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path and an outdoor reading deck.

The new Meramec Valley Branch will be designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects. The preliminary budget is $5.6 million and is funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative. The new branch is expected to be completed in late 2018.

SLCL is in the second phase of the Your Library Renewed campaign; by the end of 2017, 14 branches will have been renovated or replaced. Construction will begin this fall and winter at four locations: Meramec Valley, Grand Glaize, Mid-County and Thornhill. The timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

More details about the construction projects can be found at Please contact Jennifer McBride, Communications Manager at 314-994-3300 ext. 2250 for media inquiries about the Your Library Renewed campaign.